Author Topic: Bishop St. Augustine of Hippo the Great teaches the Immaculate Conception!!!  (Read 4 times)

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St. Augustine shows the Virgin Mary was always considered special and exclusively sinless among the Saints even in Christian antiquity, by the Lord's Grace and for His honour, "We must except the holy Virgin Mary, concerning whom I wish to raise no question when it touches the subject of sins, out of honour to the Lord; for from Him we know what abundance of grace for overcoming sin in every particular was conferred upon Her Who had the merit to conceive and bear Him who undoubtedly had no sin. (1 John 3:5) Well, then, if, with this exception of the Virgin, we could only assemble together all the forementioned holy men and women, and ask them whether they lived without sin while they were in this life, what can we suppose would be their answer? Would it be in the language of our author, or in the words of the Apostle John? I put it to you, whether, on having such a question submitted to them, however excellent might have been their sanctity in this body, they would not have exclaimed with one voice: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us? (1 John 1:8)" [De natura et gratia, Migne PL 44:267 See the work Online at New Advent here http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/1503.htm]

And in one of his last works, interrupted by his passing into eternity, the Great Doctor of Grace - whom the Fifth Ecumenical Council vies in praising along with other Fathers as "We further declare that we hold fast to the decrees of the four Councils, and in every way follow the holy Fathers, Athanasius ... Cyril, Augustine, Proclus, Leo, and their writings on the true faith." - states "We do not transfer Mary to the devil by the condition of Her birth, for this reason, that that condition is dissolved by the grace of Her new birth" [Against Julian in PL 45:1418 - I can't find this work online, someone can kindly post an online link if they have it]

This is nicely in accord with several other Western Fathers: See for e.g. St. Fulgentius of Ruspe cited here, "By these words [Hail, full of grace], the angel shows that She [Mary] was altogether excluded from the wrath of the first sentence, and restored to the full grace of blessing." Latin: "Cum dixit, gratia plena, ostendit ex integro, iram exclusam primę sententię, et plenam benedictionis gratiam restitutam." http://catholicpatristics.blogspot.com/2009/03/immaculate-conception.html

Finally, as expected, St. Ambrose of Milan had already preceded his Saintly disciple in teaching a similar doctrine, "a Virgin not only undefiled but a Virgin whom grace has made inviolate, free of every stain of sin [Latin: ut incorrupta sit virgo, sed virgo per gratiam ab omni integra labe peccati]." (St. Ambrose, Comm. on Psalm 118, Jurgens, Faith of the Early Fathers, vol 2, page 166)

Here, we see the clear Voice of Tradition, and it is possible to show the East was historically just as strong or at any rate no less strong if not stronger on the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, until tragically Russia fell into denial of this Apostolic Truth and then into Communism after His Holiness Saintly Bl. Pope Pius IX dogmatically defined it. Here, we see how necessary also the Papacy and Dogmatic Definitions are. When will Orthodox and other separated Christians happily return to Catholic Unity with Rome by professing the Catholic Faith in the Immaculate Conception of the All-Holy Virgin Mary, called Panagia, Panomomos and Prokathartheisa in the Greek Liturgies. She is even called the Unique All Immaculate in the Byzantine Liturgy on Dec. 9th. Greek Orthodox Priest Fr. Laurent Kleenewick himself documents this nicely in his book, His Broken Body: what do deniers of the Immaculate Conception say?
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Please read the Blessed Mother's amazing promises in the link: A simple effective way for thousands of us to save millions of souls. The Saints say if we save even just one other soul through prayer and sacrifice, we also ensure the salvation of our own! Let us Offer our Lives in Sacrifice to Jesus and Mary to Save All Souls everywhere.
 

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Finally, let it be noted the Angelic Doctor also taught the Sacred Dogma of the Immaculate Conception once, although indeed the Doctor was not absolutely certain about it; for angelical St. Thomas says well about even more Angelical Mary Immaculate, Ad tertium dicendum, quod puritas intenditur per recessum a contrario: et ideo potest aliquid creatum inveniri quo nihil purius esse potest in rebus creatis, si nulla contagione peccati inquinatum sit; et talis fuit puritas beatae virginis, quae a peccato originali et actuali immunis fuit.[translation of the latter part:: and such was the Purity of the Blessed Virgin, that from both original and actual sin was it immune]. See source: http://www.corpusthomisticum.org/snp1042.html#3184

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Please pray the Association of Precious Blood prayers daily, especially in the great month of July: https://www.preciousbloodinternational.com/prayers4k.html Please pray for aborted and for babies every day. You can save unborn children with every prayer for their Baptism that you say and help efficaciously end terrible abortion-killing worldwide.

Mary, our Heavenly Mother, implores those who receive Holy Communion Daily, or at least Weekly, to Offer their Lives. TEXT OF THE LIFE OFFERING, adapted and pluralized: Dear Lord Jesus, before the Holy Trinity, Our Heavenly Mother, and the whole Heavenly Court, united with Your most Precious Blood and Your Sacrifice on Calvary, We hereby Offer our whole Lives to the Intention of Your Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Together with our life, we place at Your disposal all Holy Masses, all our Holy Communions, all Rosaries, all acts of consecration, all our good deeds, all our sacrifices, and the suffering of our entire life for the Adoration and Supplication of the Holy Trinity, for Unity in our Holy Mother Church, for the Holy Father, Pope Francis the First; and for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. For all the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, for all Bishops of the Universal Church that they may be true Apostles and Shepherds; and for Priests, Nuns and Monks, for good Priestly and Religious Vocations, and for All Souls until the end of the world. O my Jesus, please accept our life Sacrifice and our offerings and give us Your grace that we may all persevere obediently until death. Amen." https://marianapostolate.com/life-offering/ It is recommended that you make this Life Offering as soon as you feel ready, and to renew it from time to time.

Please read the Blessed Mother's amazing promises in the link: A simple effective way for thousands of us to save millions of souls. The Saints say if we save even just one other soul through prayer and sacrifice, we also ensure the salvation of our own! Let us Offer our Lives in Sacrifice to Jesus and Mary to Save All Souls everywhere.