Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Touch me not! or I’ll explode! edition)


Before rushing off for a full day of Masses on this Holy Day of Obligation, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Glorious ever Virgin Immaculate Mary Mother of God into heaven, soul and body, I thought I might put up these pics of the “Touch Me Not!” for her. It’s a flower which is now out in the zazillillions in Western North Carolina.


These pics were taken yesterday, on the Vigil, out near the hermitage. They are called “Touch Me Not!” because if you do touch them, their seeds pods totally explode, scattering the seeds for the next year’s explosion of color.


These are appropriate for this feast since there is surely to be a nuclear explosion if anyone should in any way seriously approach the texts in Scripture which involve the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I can already hear remonstrations as I type this: “What texts are you talking about! There are NONE!”

Hmm. Interesting. “None.” Really? I wonder why Pius IX was so interested in Genesis 3:15 before pronouncing on the Immaculate Conception. I wonder why Pius XII was so interested in Genesis 3:15 before pronouncing on the Assumption. Hmm. Interesting.

Let me look that up… … …

nuclear explosion

More on this later…


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5 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Touch me not! or I’ll explode! edition)

  1. nancyv

    Thank you Lord for those blessed Popes who pronounced these mysterious truths about the Blessed Mother. Genesis 3:15…more on this later – please!
    (on another note, I know this plant as “Jewel Weed” – whoever gave it that name was half-way right – The juice from the stems helps relieve poison ivy itch.)

  2. Aussie Mum

    Looking forward to hearing more on this.

  3. Nan

    In Byzantine tradition, people bring flowers, which are blessed after the liturgy.

  4. Gina Nakagawa

    Thank you, Father for this beautiful post. “Hail, Mary, full of Grace…

  5. Aussie Mum

    The 15th of August, Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption into Heaven, is drawing to a close here (nearing midnight in Australia) but hopefully many rosaries have gone up to heaven already, today being the 1st day of the Holy League’s 54 Day Novena for the Nations.

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