The Profession of Faith
eternity God chose for the mother of his Son a daughter of Israel,
a young Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee, “a virgin betrothed
to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the
virgin’s name was Mary”:
The Father of mercies willed that the Incarnation should be
preceded by assent on the part of the predestined mother, so
that just as a woman had a share in the coming of death, so
also should a woman contribute to the coming of life.
Throughout the Old Covenant the mission of many holy
for that of Mary. At the very beginning there was
Eve; despite her disobedience, she receives the promise of a pos-
terity that will be victorious over the evil one, as well as the promise
that she will be the mother of all the living.
By virtue of this
promise, Sarah conceives a son in spite of her old age.
all human expectation God chooses those who were considered
powerless and weak to show forth his faithfulness to his promises:
Hannah, the mother of Samuel; Deborah; Ruth; Judith and Esther;
and many other women.
Mary “stands out among the poor and
humble of the Lord, who confidently hope for and receive salvation
from him. After a long period of waiting the times are fulfilled in
her, the exalted Daughter of Sion, and the new plan of salvation is
The Immaculate Conception
To become the mother of the Savior, Mary “was enriched
by God with gifts appropriate to such a role.”
The angel Gabriel
at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as “full of grace.”
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.
Through the centuries the Church has become ever more
aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God,
from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the