“I am the Immaculate Conception”
When Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France in 1858 the 14-year-old asked, “Who are you? “I am the Immaculate Conception”, the Mother of God told her.
She said this 4 years after Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception which for centuries the Church had a growing awareness of.
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favoured one! The Lord is with you… Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. Behold; you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you…nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “…May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-38)