Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Brake Man: It’s just you edition)


Some readers of the blog and some people in town here in Andrews are terribly appalled at the appalling “thing” next to the front steps of the rectory. Be not afraid. It’s just you.

My hermitage neighbor back in Transylvania County, a master welder and mechanic, gave me one of his creations for a house warming gift when I moved into the new rectory (65 years old).

Brake Man is made up from brakes, because of which he simply had to be situated within reach of Mary, the Immaculate Conception. Brake Man is a symbol, of course, in so many ways, of Adam and his original sin, which put the brakes on all of us, having us rust away, as it were, until we fall into the grave. But we have hope, what with redemption and the Mother of the Redeemer interceding for us.

Brake Man, who is to continue to till the garden even if he is outside of the paradise aspect of the garden in this world, often has a garden hose hooked to his shoulder, continuing to toil and labor in the garden of this world as he does. Of course, that water provides refreshment to the flowers for the Immaculate Conception. How could she not accept flowers from such as Adam?


Filed under Flores, Genesis 2-4 to 3-24

5 responses to “Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Brake Man: It’s just you edition)

  1. Liz McKernan

    Thanks for the explanation Father. I did wonder what it was in your previous picture. I hope Brake man is firmly fixed down in case someone takes a fancy to it.
    I used to have an attractive pot containing a large plant in my front garden until one morning I drew the curtains and the pot was gone! I wish I had cemented it down to prevent theft but then we are all wise after the event aren’t we?

    • Father George David Byers

      Good idea Liz. I did think of that. Let’s see if I can chain him down. That would be another analogy, wouldn’t it?

  2. monicaharris58

    Before I went to sleep I wondered (after I saw video clip) if Brake Man was St Peter before Pentecost, and then I wondered if he was a standing cockroach with a tail, but then I suspected Brake Man might be me. Explained at least, and next to BVM is fine.

  3. Monica Harris

    Oh….the tail was a garden hose…..so not permanent. But useful!

  4. elizdelphi

    Brake Man also shows us that sin makes us ugly. Can’t you baptize him or something?

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