Blessed Be Christ The
Meditation on the Immaculate Conception
By Padre Pio, OFM, Cap.
Eternal Love, Spirit of Light and
Truth, make a way into my poor mind and allow me to penetrate as far as it is possible to
a wretched creature like myself, into that abyss of grace, of purity and of holiness, that
I may acquire a love of God that is continually renewed, a love of God Who, from all
eternity planned the greatest of all the masterpieces created by His hands: the Immaculate
From all eternity Almighty God took
delight in what was to be the most perfect work of His hands, and anticipated this
wonderful plan with an outpouring of His Grace.
Man, created innocent, fell by
disobeying Him; the mark of original sin remained engraved on his forehead and that of his
progeny who will bear its consequences until the end of time.
A woman brought ruin, and a woman was
to bring salvation. The one, being tempted by a serpent, stamped the mark of sin on the
human race; the other was to rise through grace, pure and immaculate. She would crush the
head of the serpent who was helpless before her and who struggled in vain under her heel;
for she was conceived without sin, and through her came grace to mankind.
Protected with Grace by Him Who was
to be the Savior of Mankind that had fallen into sin, she escaped all shadow of evil. She
sprang from the mind of God as a pure ray of light, and will shine like a morning star
over the human race that turns to her. She will be the sure guide who will direct our
steps toward the Divine Sun which is Jesus Christ. He makes her radiant with divine
splendor and points to her as our model of purity and sanctity. No creature surpasses her,
but all creation defers to her through the Grace of Him Who made her immaculate. He Whom she
was to carry in her womb was the Son of God participating with the Father and the Holy
Spirit in the glory of her conception.
Clothed in light from the moment of
her conception, she grew in grace and comeliness. After Almighty God, she is the most
perfect of creatures; more pure than the angels; God is indeed well pleased in her, since
she most resembles Him and is the only worthy repository of His secrets.
In the natural order she preceded her
Divine Child, Our Lord, but in the divine order Jesus, the Divine Sun, arose before her,
and she received from Him all grace, all purity and all beauty.
All is darkness compared to the pure
light that renews all creation through Him Whom she bore in her womb, as the dew on the
The Immaculate Conception is the
first step in our salvation. Through this singular and unique gift Mary received a
profusion of Divine Grace, and through her cooperation she became worthy of absorbing
My most pure Mother, my soul so poor,
all stained with wretchedness and sin cries out to your maternal heart. In your goodness
deign, I beseech you, to pour out on me at least a little of the grace that flowed into
you with such infinite profusion from the Heart of God. Strengthened and supported by this
grace, may I succeed in better loving and serving Almighty God Who Filled your heart
completely, and Who created the temple of your body from the moment of your Immaculate
The Three Divine Persons imbue this
sublime creature with all her privileges, her favors and her graces, and with all of her
The Eternal Father created her pure
and immaculate and is well pleased in her for she is the worthy dwelling of His only Son.
Through the generating of His Son in His bosom from all eternity, He forecasts the
generation of His Son as Man in the pure womb of this mother, and He clothed her from her
conception in the radiant snowy garment of grace and of most perfect sanctity; she
participates in His perfection.
The Son Who chose her for His Mother
poured His wisdom into her that from the very beginning, by infused knowledge, she knew
her God. She loved and served Him in the most perfect manner as He never until then had
been loved and served on this earth.
The Holy Ghost poured His love into
her; she was the only creature worthy or capable of receiving this love in unlimited
measure because no other had sufficient purity to come so near to God; and being near to
Him could know and love Him ever more. She was the only creature capable of containing the
stream of love which poured into her from on high. She alone was worthy to return to Him
from Whom came that love. This very love prepared her for that "Fiat" which
delivered the world from the tyranny of the infernal enemy and overshadowed her, the
purest of doves making her pregnant with the Son of God.
Oh my Mother, how ashamed I feel in
your presence, weighted down as I am with faults! You are most pure and immaculate from
the moment of your conception, indeed from the moment in eternity when you were conceived
in the mind of God.
Have pity on me! May one
compassionate look of yours revive me, purify me and lift me up to God; raising me from
the filth of this world that I may go to Him Who created me, Who regenerated me in Holy
Baptism, giving me back my white stole of innocence that original sin had so defiled. Dear
Mother, make me love Him! Pour into my heart that love that burned in yours for Him. Even
though I be clothed in misery, I revere the mystery of your Immaculate Conception, and I
ardently wish that through it you may purify my heart so that I may love your God and my
God. Cleanse my mind that it may reach up to Him and contemplate Him and adore Him in
spirit and in truth. Purify my body that I too may be a tabernacle for Him and be less
unworthy of possessing Him when He deigns to come to me in Holy Communion. Amen.
We too, redeemed by Holy Baptism, are
corresponding to the grace of our vocation when in imitation of our Immaculate Mother we
apply ourselves incessantly to the knowledge of God in order that we may ever learn better
to know Him, to serve Him and to love Him.