In the Catholic Church, today is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception.

I’m a stickler for detail and consider myself a very precise person.  So, when I so often hear the term “Immaculate Conception” being bandied around and used to describe a virgin birth or some other inaccurate condition, it makes my head spin because I just don’t get why people have to use this term incorrectly.

For the record, the Immaculate Conception refers to the dogma in the Catholic religion that Mary was born without original sin on her soul.  “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 term refers to her immaculate conception – being pure and free from all sin, and, therefore, chosen to be the mother of Jesus.

The term has nothing to do with the Virgin Birth of Jesus.