Today is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (One of our sisters at Annunciation Monastery, Sr. Edith Selzler, has a wonderful post up on it at the CLC website here.) I want to draw your attention in this post to a couple things the early- to mid-career Luther said about Mary:
“It is a sweet and pious belief that the infusion of Mary’s soul was effected without original sin; so that in the very infusion of her soul she was also purified from original sin and adorned with God’s gifts, receiving a pure soul infused by God; thus from the first moment she began to live she was free from all sin” – Martin Luther (Sermon “On the Day of the Conception of the Mother of God”), 1527
“She is full of grace, proclaimed to be entirely without sin—something exceedingly great. For God’s grace fills her with everything good and makes her devoid of all evil. – Martin Luther’s Little Prayer Book, 1522.
Posted not to tweak anyone, but to suggest that there’s a lot more going on in historical Protestantism, and a lot more overlap with Catholicism, than most modern Christians would know.