Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Yes, even at “those” times edition)

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When the Our Lady of Guadalupe Superabundant rosebush decides to explode there is no stopping it. Just from this perspective there are three buds, three half-opened and three opened flowers. The bush itself has a zillion blooms. And this is after rough transplanting, after literally being eaten down by Shadow-dog.

As has been pointed out, this is a time of war and confusion and violence. O.K. We might want to recall the horrible times when some flowers bloomed through the ice and snow in Lourdes as a way to shake up the clergy and hierarchy to render due honor where due honor is due.

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And we might want to recall the winter roses gathered by St Juan Diego in what were some of the most horrifically violent and murderous times in the history of the world, roses for our Lady, you know, as a way to shake up the clergy and hierarchy to render due honor where due honor is due.

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2 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Yes, even at “those” times edition)

  1. nancyv

    Yes, Father, I’ve seen it time and again, God renews and makes all things new. Pruning (or practically destroying the bush) makes way for a more vigorous plant…as long as we remain on the Vine. Deo gratias! Thank you for these beautiful examples.

  2. Aussie Mum

    Nancy’s words, “Pruning (or practically destroying the bush) makes way for a more vigorous plant … as long as we remain on the Vine”, keep coming to mind as the explosive coverage of sex abuse in Pennsylvania reverberates around the web. The Church is being pruned, so severely that it’s enemies may well think it can’t recover. But it will and it will be more vigorous than before. We just have to hold on to Christ no matter what. The battle is already won – it just hasn’t finished playing out yet. We reflect on this today, August 22nd, the feast day when we thankfully recall that “the woman” of Gen 3:15 and Rev 12,1 is our Queen.

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