Here’s what Wikipedia tells us:
“The Immaculate Conception, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, was the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne, free from original sin by virtue of the foreseen merits of her son Jesus Christ.”
Who knows the truth of Mary’s immaculate birth or the virgin birth of Jesus. From a spiritual perspective, there is no point in getting hung up about the truth of them. In fact, a scientific perspective would weigh on the side of ‘No.’ But the point is to offer through story the truths we are strive for, namely, ‘To love God with all our mind, heart and soul, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.’ These are the words of Jesus, born of a woman who started out with a pure mind, heart, and soul.
The lighting of the tree was brilliant and Mary’s love permeated the crowds.