We are preparing to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Wed. - December 8). This feast is very special to Franciscans. The picture above shows some of the Franciscan saints that either had a special devotion to Mary and her Immaculate Conception and/or were instrumental in the teaching and understanding of this special doctrine of the faith.
One of the most instrumental, perhaps, was Blessed Dons Scotus. Here is an article about him to explain more (very interesting):
Here is an article explaining the Immaculate Conception:
And another website with explanations about our beliefs about Mary:
In our own lives, Mary has proven to be a very powerful intercessor and Mother. May she continue to intercede for us constantly mothering us closer to Her Son!
God bless you all!