It's a day when we recall how God prepared Mary to be the mother of Jesus. It's a good occasion to think about how God prepares us for the challenges we face in life.
A Concord Pastor has several posts on the solemnity.
Over at Googling God, Mike has penned a reflection about one of his college friends who died 14 years ago today:
The photo accompanying this post shows a 2005 painting by old college buddy, Anthony Santella. It's entitled "Girlhood of the Virgin."
"... It is no surprise to me that Dave died on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Like Mary, he accepted his lot in life despite knowing that pain was on the other side. ..."
Flashbacks: I.C. 2008 and 2006.