Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Totus Tuus! Yikes! edition)

flores - holy souls lilies

Captured while assiduously hunting for flowers for the Immaculate Conception near Holy Souls Hermitage some years ago. I remember being so very happy to have found this for Mary. It was Jesus’ gift to me to give to her. That’s how that works.

Short version that we might repeat so very frequently:

“Jesus, I am all thine
and all that I have is thine
through Mary our most holy Mother.”

Of course, just because we say that doesn’t mean that it is so. It is, in fact, more of an offering of the way you agree things should be rather than the way they are. It’s kind of like a challenge to Jesus in honor of his mother:

“Go ahead, then, and take on this heap of weakness and ignorance and decrepitness and see if you can make me all thine with all that I have, making Mary my mother so that she is our mother and I am your brother, in fact, me looking through you, with you, in you to our heavenly Father: ‘Abba, Father’; I agree to whatever you need to do to achieve that end, whatever it takes.”

And as the angels surveil such a scene, they also take it as a challenge to them:

“Whatever it takes, huh? O.K. He said it. Let’s get to work.”

One might well add to one’s protestations of “Totus tuus” a Yikes! to punctuate it.


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9 responses to “Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Totus Tuus! Yikes! edition)

  1. Angela

    Ha! I often think that when I say it too!

  2. Barbara R

    I had just finished praying my morning offering when i saw your post. Spot on! Yikes, indeed.

  3. It’s kind of a ‘fasten your seatbelt’ kind of prayer. What you ask for, He will give you. I know that God sees, that despite the yikes!, we are still willing, and He loves us for it.

  4. meshugunah

    The first thing an art student does to clay is beats the air bubbles out of it. That, methinks, is the phase most of us are in with the Heavenly Potter. Helps to keep saying “Thy WIll Be Done/be it done unto me according to Thy Word…”

  5. sanfelipe007

    The Theological commission of the International Marian Association released a document “The Role of Mary in Redemption.”


    Another baby-step closer to the Fifth Marian Dogma..

  6. sanfelipe007

    I like this passage from the document:
    It is therefore most appropriate in the proper analogous use of the same root word, “redemption,”to indicate Mary’s participation in the mission of the Redeemer with the term, Co-redemptrix.” This same is true when applied to humanity to be “co-redeemers in Christ,” as has been used by the Roman
    pontiffs.(52) The use of the same root term of Redemption positively expresses the unity and intimacy of cooperation that God has willed for
    his human creatures, whom he calls to share in the mission of Redemption as “co-heirs,”(53) “co-creators,”(54) “co-sanctifiers,”(55) and co-workers.”(56) As St. Augustine rightly confirms, “God created us without us, but he did not will to save us without us.”(57)

  7. sanfelipe007

    Here is a direct link to the document at the Marian site:


    ok, enough with the links.

    • Father George David Byers

      What I have in the summary of my thesis could bring this 100% of the way there…

  8. sanfelipe007


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