This is my favorite Marian feastday (and also my birthday!). God preserved Mary from sin.
Sometimes I used to think that it must have been hard for Mary to put up with all the sinful people around her. Yesterday in talking to someone, she helped me see it another way. We find it hard to "put up with" other people precisely because we are sinful and we don't always have the patience or other virtues needed to do it. It's not a question of "putting up with" people, but simply accepting them, just as they are. That's how God deals with us. He loves and accepts us just as we are. At the same time, he calls us to conversion and to grow in holiness, but loves us all along the way, not just when we arrive at a higher state of virtue.
So Mary, being sinless, would have known how to accept herself, first of all, and then to accept and love other people just as they are.
What do you think about this?