The Immaculate Conception CCC 490–493

490 To become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role."132 The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace".133 In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace.

So What’s Advent about? Tis’ the season to be jolly tra la la la la…. Ok not so fast! Just before Christmas is a special season in the church called Advent. Advent which means ‘coming’ in Latin, is a season where we are expectant, hopefully anticipating and cheerfully...