Flores for the Immaculate Conception (contingencies contingencies edition)

flores lilies

The tiniest little thing can radically change the circumstances of our lives, things sometimes in our control and sometimes not, bringing us to be richer or poorer, in sickness or in health, in good relations with others or not, laboring away or enjoying what we do, and, if we have a choice to make, to be in the state of grace or not, extraordinarily tempted in whatever way or not, being the tiniest little children of the Immaculate Mother of the Redeemer or not…

Sometimes we can blame things on contingencies, you know, the ol’ “What if?” soliloquy of regret or dreams. But contingencies haven’t much to do with who we are before God right NOW. Right now, I can choose to be with our Lord, and I can choose in His grace not to be burdened with any “past”, but rather use that as an opportunity for thanking our Lord to come and grab me out of this world, to take us away from the aggression of the world, the flesh and the devil, secure in the magnificence of His mercy.

Of the three flowers pictured above, I think I’ll give Mary the one that’s just now budding, but, maybe also the one fully newly blossomed out, but, maybe also the one that’s fully blossomed out, but is now aged, but maybe all three! It doesn’t matter what the contingencies are. It’s if we are given over to Jesus through Mary.

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5 responses to “Flores for the Immaculate Conception (contingencies contingencies edition)

  1. Beautiful. I think Our Lady loves them all.

  2. elizdelphi

    I had to look at the picture several times and for a while before I actually noticed the flower that wasn’t open yet. I wasn’t looking for the color green! I definitely think God loves people at all stages of life. Thanks for the reminder that it is only in the present moment that we can be with God.

  3. sanfelipe007

    What I like about the 54 day rosary is how the prayers are referred to as “buds,” “blooms,” and full-blown blooms.”

  4. Monica Harris

    Ferocious, thanks.

  5. Pam

    Here’s my little recent flower story, which I do not think is any random coincidence. Every few months, my husband will come home one day with flowers for me. I’m no longer able to garden and grow my own roses and flowers, so he will surprise me every once in a while.

    The night before the 54-day rosary for Fr. MacRae was to begin, I asked my husband to pray and sleep on my question, which was if he would want to participate in this set of novenas with me. I had told him some of Fr. MacRae’s story and I share some of Fr. Byers’ posts with him. The next day, my husband went out on errands. While he was gone, I began reading the introductory section of Fr. Heilman’s information about the 54-day Rosary Novena, and I stopped right at the first set of prayers, where it talks about the snow-white bud roses.

    So, I was preparing to start the novena that day, and my husband hadn’t talked to me to let me know if he was going to participate. He came through the room, back from his errands, with a bunch of flowers. They were deep red/purplish roses. I’ve had many red roses, but this particular color was one I couldn’t remember seeing before. I thanked him and made a comment about how interesting it would have been if he had brought white roses, then explained why.

    We prayed the first rosary together. The second day, as we were praying, we got to the prayer section where it specifies the blood red roses! We both had quite a reaction, as you might expect. Some of you probably already knew the symbolism of the colors of roses with the rosary mysteries, but we did not. All I knew was that white and red roses were symbolic in general. My husband suggested, and I was happy to agree, that we give my roses to the Blessed Mother, so we moved them next to her statue on the little altar in our bedroom.

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