Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (“rape” edition)

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“Weeds”, I guess. Not sure what these fields of wild yellow flowers are, now in bloom everywhere here in the mountains. Not dandelions. It looks like a kind of mustard, a kind of rape flower. But isn’t rape a cross of turnip and kale? What a name. The flower is cool. The English connotation of the name “rape” isn’t so nice, not that this is rape.

Why give anything that might seem to like a “rape” flower to the Immaculate Conception, she who conceived the child in her womb by the creative action of the Holy Spirit? Well, because the flower is independent of the name we might give it in any given age and place and culture of mankind. The flower is created by the Most High. That’s why.

But then again, also because the flower right here right now goes by then name “rape”. I mean, when I was in the seminary in the dark days of past decades, we were introduced to knucklehead “exegetes” (blasphemers, really) who suggested that Mary was actually violently raped say, by a Roman soldier, you know, the “angel” they mock. Yep. People can be so full of hated and bitterness, trying to go out out of their way to offend people whom, surely, they wish they themselves could rape, and do rape with this kind of impish scandal, so dark are their hearts, so egotistical, so cynical.

I mean, the flower is still really cool. And giving this to the Immaculate Conception is done in reparation for outrages and sacrileges committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Today’s Saturday. Mary’s day. When’s the last time you made the Five First Saturdays? Can you list the things to do on a First Saturday? Do you know how and when First Saturdays came about?

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  1. Aussie Mum

    On the 1st Saturday of the month we are to confess our sins, receive Our Lord at Mass and pray the Rosary while meditating on its Mysteries in reparation for the outrages and sacrilege committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady requested this in 1925 when she appeared to Lucia, one of the three children of Fatima after she had finished school and entered the convent. 1st Saturday devotions in honour of the Immaculate Conception were already practised, and had been approved and indulgences by Pope Pius X in 1905, and Saturdays had been set aside in Our Lady’s honour for centuries.

    • Father George David Byers

      Also reception of Holy Communion!

      Was this our Lady’s request? I haven’t looked this up in a long time. But, wasn’t it our Lord to Lucia in 1929? Or was that only about the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Holy Father in union with all the bishops of the world? I forget now…

  2. Aussie Mum

    Pelerin, I know what you mean. We cultivate it here in Australia too but we call it canola,

  3. Aussie Mum

    When one looks at the wealth of communications from heaven in just one century (1830-1930) – from the Rue du Bac to Lourdes to Fatima and to Lucia in Spain – it’s astounding! The Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary want so very much to save us.

  4. pelerin

    I am sure this is rape. The bright yellow fields are a delight to see out in the nearby countryside. This plant with the unfortunate name is not a weed! It is cultivated in large fields in Britain by farmers and produces rapeseed oil.

    Ashamedly my answers to the last two questions would be ‘No and ‘No.’ I’m going to have to Google them!

  5. pelerin

    What I meant to write was that this plant is not a weed in Britain. Perhaps it does grow wild in the US.

  6. Aussie Mum

    Father, I meant reception of Holy Communion when I said to “receive Our Lord at Mass”.
    In 1929 Our Lady came to ask for the consecration of Russia. Lucia also received a vision of the Blessed Trinity during that visit. God the Father appeared as a man but only his upper body was visible. The Holy Spirit appeared as a dove resting on His chest. Our Lord was directly below on the Cross. Blood was falling from His face and side over a host and into a chalice. Our Lady was under one arm of the Cross, her heart in her hand and pierced with thorns as it had been when she appeared to Lucia with the Child Jesus in 1925. Under the other arm of the Cross were words: “Grace and Mercy”.
    Our Lord also appeared at different times. I can’t remember the year but at one time He said that the sacrifice He wanted from us was obedience to His Commandments and perseverance in one’s daily duty.

  7. Aussie Mum

    If I have copied it correctly, this link will bring up a picture of Lucia’s vision in the convent chapel in Tuy, Spain in 1929. https://78.media.tumblr.com/08158ad6afe2341f34e2cf00103d43ec/tumblr_mqys8jfD7J1s9od7wo1_1280.jpg

  8. Your post and the comments thread on this crop are interesting.

    Rapeseed as a cultivated crop was introduced into Britain many years ago. The yellow field (crop) patches contrasting with the green field (crop) are pleasing to the eye. The production of Rapeseed has increased in my living memory.

    I do not suffer from any allergies, but had an extreme reaction last year when I had lunch out (above) fields abundant with Rapeseed I started sneezing and my eyes started itching as soon as I sat down for lunch. The irritation took a few days to subside.

    I researched my problem and found that Rapeseed emits a chemical that causes irritations.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1046/j.1365-2222.1998.00234.x

    Sooo… I need to connect my experience to the teachings in your post 🙂

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