Mary the Immaculate Conception & the Gospel of Saint Luke

 Immaculate means pure or spotless (from the Latin immacula, macula being a stain), so Immaculate Conception means that she was conceived without stains. A fourth century saint called Theodotus of Ancyra wrote about Mary « A virgin, innocent, spotless, free of all defect, untouched, unsullied, holy in soul and body, like a lily sprouting among thorns ».
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