For December a home altar in honor of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
Upon the rectangular square of white filet crochet rests a tiny, frosted glass bird representing the Holy Spirit and beside it is an icon of the Blessed Mother from Lithuania.
The Catholic church teaches that "through a singular gift of the Holy Spirit, in view of the merits of her son, Jesus, Mary was preserved from the moment of conception from the stain of original sin and preserved, by that same grace, from committing actual sin."
So because Jesus gave her special grace, Mary was preserved from sin during her lifetime. Carrying God in human form within you does have its perks. A heaping of grace and an extra special dose of suffering.
Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
The Lord smile on you and be gracious to you;