This Parish Church of Pulau Tikus where I worship is dedicated to Mother Mary under her title as the Immaculate Conception. This Dogma was defined solemnly as a de fide dogma of the Catholic Faith, or a Dogma binding on the conscience of all Catholics and to be believed with an assent of faith, by Blessed Pope Pius IX in 1854 in the Bull Ineffabilis Deus. However, many of us Catholics only have a vague idea of what this dogma entails. Maybe this analogy will help.
Imagine that you were walking down the road and fell into a hole in the ground. However much you struggle, by your own efforts, you can’t get yourself out. Then someone comes along, lends you a hand and pulls you out of the hole. Now, what was done here is that someone saved you from the hole in the ground. You couldn’t save yourself, by your own efforts, so someone had to save you, pull you out.
The Ark of the Covenant was the footstool of God over which hovered the shekinah, the cloud of the glory of God's presence. The Ark of the Covenant had to be pure, without blemish and foreshadowed and was a type(typos) of Mary. If Mary is tainted with original sin, then Jesus would have taken of sinful flesh and the total enmity between Him and Satan would be broken. In light of this, God, in His foreknowledge of Mary’s acceptance to be the Mother of Jesus and the merits that Jesus passion and death on the cross would procure for the redemption of the human race, prevented her from being stained by original sin at the very moment of her conception.
The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was defined solemnly Blessed Pope Pius IX in these words: “The Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, and in view of the foreseen merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin."
So, let us give thanks to God for His special preventive intercession in the Immaculate Conception of Mary and celebrate the Feast of our Parish on the 8th of December with greater fervour and let our devotion of Mary our Mother increase as we humbly listen to and obey her petition, “Do whatever He tells you”.