Today we start a Novena of reflections and mediations on our Lady in preparation for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. These next 9 days are a gift from God. We are going to school, “The School of Mary”. Today we start with the 1st of 4 Marian Dogmas, that of Mary, the Mother of God which was pronounced at the Council of Ephesus in 431. We stand on the threshold of a New Liturgical Year with the start the Season of Advent tomorrow, our time to prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth.