“Like Mother, like child,” runs the ancient saw.
He who accepts the Savior as His Lord and God cannot doubt the perfect sinlessness that was Christ’s. It is blasphemy to imagine for a second that Christ could have been in the power of Satan, that His soul lacked the fullness of divine life, that He was even briefly the enemy of His won Father.
Such a Child could have had only a Mother who was like Him, or rather a Mother whom he could be like.
Christ full of grace, was born of a Mother full of grace.
Christ the Son of God was born of one who had always been the daughter of God.
Christ, purest of men, had to be born of the purest of women.
This only distinction remains: Christ possessed all this grace and purity by His own divine right; Mary was conceived pure and sinless and full of grace because God was preparing her to be a Mother worthy of her destined Son.
Christ was immaculate because he was God.
From the immaculate Mary was born the immaculate Christ.
It could not have been otherwise.
To Mary, spotless Mother of the Savior, we pray:
The Prayer of the Immaculate Conception
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling place for thy Son, we beseech thee that, as by the foreseen death of this, thy Son, thou didst preserve her from all stain, so too thou wouldst permit us, purified through her intercession, to come unto thee. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
(Copyright 1947 Daniel A. Lord, S.J. Nihil Obstat: John M. Fearns, S.T.D. Imprimatur: Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop, New York)