Flores for the Immaculate Conception (ineffable edition)


If you were to google the words Blessed Pope Pius IX is holding in his hands as he kneels before the Immaculate Conception, that would be worth about a month’s worth of flowers for the Immaculate Conception. Oh! If only I could write more about her. I tell Jesus this ever so frequently. Here’s a bit from the ineffability:

We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.

I think I will spend my last night night reading Ineffabilis Deus.


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13 responses to “Flores for the Immaculate Conception (ineffable edition)

  1. Donna Kaup

    Know Father that we have you in our prayers as you travel home. John lifted all of the Missionaries of Mercy up in prayer at mass this morning as they travel home.

  2. Cathe D.

    Does that mean that you heading back home Father?

  3. pelerin

    I was delighted when I discovered that the new Priest at my territorial parish was ordained on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

  4. sanfelipe007

    From Ineffabilis Deus:
    ” Hence, just as Christ, the Mediator between God and man, assumed human nature, blotted the handwriting of the decree that stood against us, and fastened it triumphantly to the cross, so the most holy Virgin, united with him by a most intimate and indissoluble bond, was, with him and through him, eternally at enmity with the evil serpent, and most completely triumphed over him, and thus crushed his head with her immaculate foot.[14] ”

    I thought Jesus did the crushing with His foot. Father, I am confused.

  5. Father George David Byers

    We all do in the one boy of Christ!

  6. sanfelipe007


    “Therefore, having full trust in the Lord that the opportune time had come for defining the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, which Holy Scripture, venerable Tradition, the constant mind of the Church, the desire of Catholic bishops and the faithful, and the memorable Acts and Constitutions of our predecessors, wonderfully illustrate and proclaim, and having most diligently considered all things, as we poured forth to God ceaseless and fervent prayers, we concluded that we should no longer delay in decreeing and defining by our supreme authority the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin.”

    What a crescendo! Well, one of many, but a particularly bright one to my heart. I have only a glimpse of what the faithful must have felt upon hearing this. I pray that We shall experience, in our time, the joy of hearing the Solemn proclamation of the Fifth Marian Dogma.

  7. Father George David Byers

    That would be most wonderful.

  8. sanfelipe007

    I just finished reading I.D., all I can say is wow, just, wow. This should be required reading at all Catholic schools. My heart pounding, I want to apologize to everyone for my neglect of Jesus’ Mother.

    When I was a child, a remember the first time I heard my mother addressed by her first name. Let me forget, for the moment, the confusion of who this “Teresa” person was, but focus, instead, on the astonishment I felt that some stranger thought my mother to be worthy of celebrity. I had always thought “but that’s mommy,” because she was always there, like water around a fish. After that episode, I thought of her as “MY mommy!”

    I now want, also, to speak in that beautiful language; that marvelous style of speech that came into vogue in describing she who once was Mary.

  9. Father George David Byers

    Very touching, sanfelipe007…

  10. elizdelphi

    Regarding “she who once was Mary”, the Church holds that she is still Mary, the one and only. Beware anyone who says otherwise: http://www.unitypublishing.com/Apparitions/all-nations.htm

  11. Father George David Byers

    @ elizdephi. – I didn’t even know such a thing existed! I understood that phrase to refer to the annunciation when St Gabriel changed her name to “you who stand transformed in grace,” (Lk 1:28) much like Mary’s answer to What is your name? in Lourdes was “I am Immaculate Conception.” She’s always Mary. She’s always mommy. But, yes, beware of false apparitions!

  12. sanfelipe007

    Thank you elizdephi, your correction is both necessary and appreciated. I also submit the following excerpt from EWTN: (http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/our_lady_of_all_nations.htm)

    31 May 2002 – Bishop Punt declares the apparitions to be of supernatural origin.

    July 2005 – The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith requests “that the words who once was Mary be left out of the prayer of the Lady of All Nations out of consideration for those who do not understand this phrase.” The ending of the prayer is now to say: “May the Lady of All Nations, the Blessed Virgin Mary, be our Advocate.” (Letter of December 2006).

  13. sanfelipe007

    My latest comment should not be interpreted as a challenge, in any way. The CCC is very clear: Where there is division, there is sin. Like JP the second (with respect to Medjugorje), I keep an open mind.

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