The University celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception with a Eucharistic celebration at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church on Thursday, Dec. 8. (Photo by Jana Francesca D. Yao/ The Varsitarian)

DEVOTEES should keep inquiring about the Catholic faith, UST parish priest Fr. Paul Talavera, O.P. said during the Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church. 

In his homily, Talavera said Catholics should not be ashamed to ask about the Church’s teachings, as exemplified by the Blessed Virgin Mary during the Annunciation.

“Libre namang magtanong. In fact, it is good for us to ask about things that we do not fully understand in order to be enlightened, in order to be more informed,” he said.

Talavera said the solemnity signified living one’s life in the sight of God, despite the existence of the original sin. 

“Nasa ating pananampalataya, paniniwala bilang mga Katoliko, na tayong lahat ay pinanganak ng may original sin, ‘yung kasalanang mana,” he said.

“We do a lot of devotions, we do a lot of practices, religious practices. Pero ‘yung buhay ba natin ay naaayon doon sa pananampalataya talaga natin? ‘Yung buhay ba natin ay [talagang] nagpapakita nang paniniwala natin?” he added. 

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception observes the Blessed Virgin Mary’s preservation from all sin at the moment of her conception as the Lord prepared her to be the Theotokos or the “Mother of God.” 

It preceded the closing of the golden jubilee of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, which marked its 51st anniversary today.


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