“The Immaculate Conception refers to the condition that the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from Original Sin from the very moment of her conception in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne.”
“The proclaimed Roman Catholic dogma states "that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin”. Being always free from original sin, she was from the start filled with the sanctifying grace that would normally come with baptism after birth.“
The Immaculate Conception with St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of
Padua, St. Bonaventure, Sn. Bernardine of Siena, St. Lucia, St. Agnes,
St. Clare of Assisi and St. Margaret of Cortona Enrico Reffo –19th. century Church of St. Thomas - Torino, Italy.