The Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes our Lady's unique divine gifts: "Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, 'full of grace' through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception . . . The 'splendor of an entirely unique holiness' by which Mary is 'enriched from the first instant of her conception' comes wholly from Christ: she is 'redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son'” (nos. 491-2).
Making use of texts and prayers from St. Josemaria for each of the nine days leading up to the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, a new novena for getting to know and love Mary better is now available.
The novena can be downloaded in pdf format at josemariaescriva.info here.