Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Daring you to smile edition)

This is just outside the Tyburn Nuns’ chapel. First, notice that Mary is tickling Jesus’ foot:

Then notice that He’s really quite solemn, blessing the whole world holding His Christological Gold Finch, which refers to His Passion and Death.

He’s almost smiling, but not quite. He’s trying to hold the pose. She has such a smirk, daring Him to smile while she continues to tickle His foot. You can almost hear her softly, melodiously say, “Smiiile!”

This is such a fantastic family moment that I think many can relate to. The artist is also making a critique of sometimes too serious sacred art. Since I was a little kid I was always fascinated by and had a devotion to the Infant of Prague. I must say, however, that this scene here brings that full circle and carries it to another level.

There are always flowers for the Immaculate Conception here. Amen.


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4 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Daring you to smile edition)

  1. Aussie Mum

    It was lovely to go to your post tonight Father and find this lovely statue of the Mother of God daring us to smile. I needed that as I had let sadness takeover when my garden statue of the her showing her Immaculate Heart was stolen from my yard today.

    • Father George David Byers

      @ Aussie Mum – So sorry to hear that. It takes a special character to dare the angels to smack them down.

  2. Gina Nakagawa

    This depiction of the Virgin Mother and the Divine Child. I have always felt that Mary knew exactly who her Son is, but she is also His Mother. There is so much warmth and affection between them. It is wonderful to see it depicted.

  3. sanfelipe007

    Ha! this made me smile and finally laugh.

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