Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (This is how it works edition)

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These are unfurling right next to the statue of Mary out on the front steps of the rectory. My neighbor donated these as he was stepping up his landscaping game. A parishioner transplanted them for me (midsummer too) and they just kept blooming, happy with their new home. It’s so easy for me to put up flowers for the Immaculate Conception. But, just to say, this is always the case. If, with the grace of Jesus, we set our minds and hearts on showing Jesus that we love Him by keeping the commandments (all like flowers for the Immaculate Conception in love of God and love of neighbor), it is then that He makes it all possible with a flood of His grace. We merely have to be, in His grace, in humble thanksgiving mode, thanking Him for the grace, His presence, His love, His truth, His goodness and kindness, because we can’t do it, ever, but He can. He makes it easy, His burden being easy, light, because He is friendly and humble of heart. Do we say that we want, in His grace, to give flowers to His dear mom and ours? Jesus makes this possible. He creates them and puts them where we can find them, even bringing them to us – we being too dull to do anything ourselves – so that we can give them to His mom. So, I know I’ve put this picture up before, but what I’d like for you to do is to understand what is really happening here. Jesus has just now given flowers to the shepherd boy with the instructions that the shepherd boy can then give those flowers to His good mom.

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By the way, I note that these are yellow, and that they have six petals, like the Star of David. I’m thinking about that a lot these last few days. More on that later.

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4 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (This is how it works edition)

  1. Aussie Mum

    A lovely childhood memory came to mind when I was reading this post. My Catholic school had a statue of Our Lady in each classroom (my most favourite was Our Lady crushing the serpent /devil underfoot) at the front next to the blackboard. The Sisters provided vases and we children brought fresh flowers from home for our Heavenly Mother throughout the school year, arranging them at the base of her statue. It seemed such a natural thing to do.

  2. nancyv

    God made us to be with Him forever. You, in your many varied ways, remind us of that and of how beautiful it can be! Plus, the analogies that can be drawn from writing about flowers for Mary are enough to keep me busy from stupid distractions. Deo gratias!

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