Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Lourdes grotto ice-roses edition)

Re-Post: Today’s the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes!


Back in the day, when I was a permanent chaplain in Lourdes, France, I took this picture with my el-cheapo digital camera. It was February, the first day following weeks of 24/7 sub-freezing temps with ice and snow precipitating down on the pilgrims daily. As you can see, the ice and snow are no match for the gentlest of petals when it is time to give due honor to the Immaculate Conception at the grotto. Here’s a view from above the grotto, and, yes, this is also a color picture. It was just that dark and dreary and ferociously cold for weeks:


However icy conditions might be among the hearts of men, crucifying our Lord Jesus, the fire of ardent charity was alive with maternal warmth in the Immaculate Heart of His Virgin Mother. The clarity of her vision, the agility of her soul and her purity of heart let her know clearly what it is for men for hell to freeze over, also hellish. She was sorrowful that her Son should be treated so terribly. She was sorrowful that she herself had to be redeemed, though she was never touched even by original sin. Her sorrow was an act of perfect intercession for us, mediatrix, therefore, of all graces that she is. Saint John Paul II used the phrase “co-redemptrix” dozens of times, I think 29 times at last count. This refers simply to how appropriate it was in justice that one of us who is not divine should ask for such graces perfectly, graces coming directly from her Divine Son. Thank you, Blessed Mother, for being a good mother to us. Continue to show yourself a mother to us!

Montra te esse matrem!




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4 responses to “Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Lourdes grotto ice-roses edition)

  1. pelerin

    Beautiful. A few years ago after having seen some photographs for sale of Lourdes under the snow I tried to find postcards of similar scenes there both to keep and to send but was unsuccessful. Perhaps I was not the only one asking as now there are several snowy postcards on sale. On my visit during the heatwave in August I bought several to send to friends back home.
    I have also tried to find any postcards of the recent floods but they appear to be non existant and I presume that the publishers did not think they would sell. One hundred years ago postcards of floods, fires, disasters, earthquakes, even train crashes etc were produced often in great numbers and often in aid of the relevant disaster. The publishers could have issued cards with part of the profit going to the great expense of the clear up in Lourdes there but to date I have found none.

  2. Janice

    Beautiful photos and even more beautiful reflection. How I long to return to Lourdes! Mater Dolorosa, pray for us.

  3. Monica Harris

    What a show of Hope! Thank you for this, Father Byers.

  4. sanfelipe007

    Rest in Peace, Father Gabriele Amorth.

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