Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Thank you ever so very much, Immaculate Conception! edition)

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My spirit is as light as a fluffy dandelion being given to Jesus for the Immaculate Conception. Our Lady has granted me this very day a great favor, two, in fact. I feel like a little kid before her, my spirit rejoicing. I’m bursting with joy, smiling from ear to ear.

byers dance paul vi audience hallMentioned in the conversation with the Bishop, who called me up, and with the Bishop bringing up the topic, was my thesis on the Immaculate Conception and my need to make a popular version of it. This is a sign, I believe from our Lady, that NOW’s the time! This will be the little flower I give to her through Jesus, if this is made possible by the providence of her Divine Son. I again dance with joy. Do I ever stop?

But that was just one thing. The other is… well… what a gift! I’ll write about that as time goes on. I’m speechless. I too, must be loved by the Immaculate Conception, and by her Divine Son. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Mary.

Dance dance dance dance dance…

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9 responses to “Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Thank you ever so very much, Immaculate Conception! edition)

  1. elizdelphi

    Deo gratias!

    today I would like to borrow some of your happiness, Father, my own being elusive, though I believe it is there somewhere and I too have great things to be grateful for in the midst also of sorrow.

  2. Father George David Byers

    Thank you. Yes, prayers and blessings for you.

  3. Our Lady of Lourdes pray for us

  4. elizdelphi

    thank you!

  5. sanfelipe007

    A very joyful centennial of Our Lady of Lourdes, to everyone.

    “Yes, thank you, Lady Mary, that I am Bernadette, who was threatened with prison because I saw you. I am she who the crowds stared at as a rare animal – that Bernadette so wretched that upon seeing her, it was said: ‘Is that it?’

    For this pitiful body you have given me, this illness of fire and smoke, for my rotting flesh, my riddled bones, my sweats, my fever, my dull pains and my sharp ones, thank you, my God.

    And for the soul that you have given me, for the desert of interior dryness, for your nights, for your lightning, for your silences, and your thunder, for everything, for your absent and for your present, thank you, Jesus.”

    Saint Bernadette Soubirous

  6. Father George David Byers

    I wonder if anyone asking for Fr George at the soup kitchen was directed to the dumpster (which I was in charge of and could actually be in at any time) and then seeing me pop my head out the top of the dumpster with, say, a banana peel stuck to me, would say: “Is that it?” Humor and Catholicism go together. We’re all this way, no? I think we will be surprised by who makes it to heaven, when everyone in heaven might well be surprised that we made it there.

  7. pelerin

    Father – you have reminded me of a poem which my parish newsletter printed some years ago and which I cut out and stuck inside a kitchen cupboard:-
    I dreamed death came the other night
    and heaven’s gate swung wide
    With kindly grace an angel fair
    ushered me inside.
    And there, to my astonishment
    stood folks I had known on earth
    some I’d labelled as
    ‘unfit’, ‘of little worth.’
    Indignant words rose to my lips
    but never were set free.
    For every face showed stunned surprise,
    No one expected ME!

  8. sanfelipe007

    That’s great, Pelerin; I hadn’t heard that one.

    “I think we will be surprised by who makes it to heaven, when everyone in heaven might well be surprised that we made it there.”

    I have a dear friend who, even now, at her advanced age is struggling to reconcile bitter differences with her sibling to the point of being unable to abide in the same room. I stunned her into silence when I asked her “what are you going to do when you die, and you see her in Heaven? Will you leave, then, too?”

  9. elizdelphi

    I taught my catechism students about the Immaculate Conception today. Actually it was mainly Stephen K Ray teaching them in a “Footprints of God” DVD about Mary that I had them watch but I made sure they paid attention to the term via a worksheet they had to fill out as they watched.

    I feel like I have gotten the hang of teaching catechism somewhat in the few years I have done it (I still find it a little shocking they put us totally untrained lay people in a classroom with practically no guidance for something so important) but it hardly becomes less daunting because they have little or no prior religious education and there is just so much that they really need to know. Then there is the need to give experiences of prayer etc, there is just so little time to do good for them. And I know that if the parents are just now bringing their 6th grade kids to prepare for 1st Communion, after they “get” their sacraments the parents are not likely to keep bringing them back. A relatively small fraction of kids continue from one year to the next. I feel every year like my goal has to be basically to teach them the whole Faith; that this moment in their life is their best bet for learning what they need to know to persevere in the Faith and I fear to let them down.

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