Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Thistle and Solution to Treasure Map edition: Yikes!)

flores thistles

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius). In other words: a thistle. The wide view below. Notice what is either a radio tower or an overly ambitious ham radio tower in the upper right.

flores thistles 2

shepherd boy

This instantly reminded me of this scene of the little boy giving such as these to the baby Jesus to give to His Immaculate Mother. But these flowers were not sent in by a little boy, but by elizdelphi, who was able to successfully learn how to read the treasure map. See her superb solution, scrolling down the comments of that article:  03 The Father Byers Kryptos: Rules for the Treasure Map. Following up on this, she was able to send in these flowers for the Immaculate Conception. So, now, the ball is back in my court. There are some examples of how this works, outrageous examples, examples which have brought the Church to her knees in suffering time and again, and still today. Stay tuned.

Oh, and, by the way: the thistle is most appropriate for the Immaculate Conception. You’ll remember that it is mentioned as part of the punishment for original sin from which she, however, did not suffer. The thistle is appropriate to give to her because she is the one who interceded for us that we might submit to our punishment of the effects of original sin in our lives with the grace of God, so that we might learn to praise Him who is the Author of our salvation, who reached out His heel to crush the power of Satan and was Himself also crushed, until… until… He rose from the dead. Yes, she very much appreciates these Flores for the Immaculate Conception. Picking them can be painful, but, it is what it is!

Also, just to say, struggling with textual criticism and coming to know the glories of inspiration and canonicity and the infernal politics of division and rancor is like trying to pick thistles with one’s bare hands. Not easy. Not easy at all. But we will go into that, with our eyes on Jesus and His blessed Mother.


Filed under Flores, The Father Byers Kryptos

3 responses to “Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Thistle and Solution to Treasure Map edition: Yikes!)

  1. Thistle is also the favorite food of the Goldfinch

  2. elizdelphi

    Yes you have sharp eyes, I didn’t spot it when sending the picture but that is the huge broadcast radio antenna that makes it difficult for a certain blogging priest to get a decent HAM radio connection from home.

    The beautiful picture of the shepherd boy’s gift goes with this scene exactly. Oh I can picture it.

    I don’t know what kind of flowers they are but I don’t recall them being prickly actually. They are very dandelion-like (but tall and upright), with fluffy seed poofs like that. There is another beautiful dandelion like flower variety in the same field that has HUGE poofs (5″? that one might be called salsify). Some of my other pictures from the same place were beautiful classic thistles though, and I did think about sending a particular one of those but I picked this other one partly because it’s less familiar. I give all the flowers to Our Lady and her Son! Flowers of the rarest! Flowers of the fairest! Flowers of the prickliest!

    There are definitely goldfinches around there.

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