As I found out at the hermitage yesterday on the day off, there is much mush in the form of mushrooms around (such as the one above right next to where I was doing some target practice) but there are very few flowers to be seen.
So… Mush… Let’s think about that in these days of ambiguous mushy gray speak, also about ambiguous mushy gray speak concerning the Immaculate Conception, good Jewish Virgin Mother of God, with all of her purity of heart and agility of soul.
I saw a video in which two Catholic web warriors, icons of orthodoxy (and some of the better ones at that I must say, all due respect to them), were mocking those who are all the time putting up posts about Immaculate Mary’s purity of heart and agility of soul, Mary being the good mom of Jesus, Virgin Mother of God that she is, and that’s it.
Well… hell… as one reader put it. Why, I ask, would anyone do that? I’ll put myself in that untoward category of thusly condemned people. Why would I put up Flowers for the Immaculate Conception in all the various editions all the time so as to mention Immaculate Mary’s purity of heart and agility of soul and clarity of vision, good mom of Jesus that she is, Virgin Mother of God that she is? Would that be done just to be saccharine, to be sappy in superficial niceness?
It’s because Mary, in all her immaculateness, could clearly see what we needed under the cross, where she is then, because of that, mediatrix of all graces, co-redemptrix, thus fulfilling her virginity in becoming also the mother of the members of the Body of Christ. Jesus provides redemption and salvation. But it is appropriate that one of us, Mary, asks for this perfectly. She could do that because of her immaculateness. She had the clarity of vision to do so, the purity of heart to do so, the agility of soul to do so.
So… What…? Is there some gaping hole in my theology? Am I missing something? Am I insulting the Immaculate Conception? As I look into her eyes, I just can’t see what I’m missing. In doing the same, can you help me out? I mean, I don’t want to just be all mushy. I want to give Flowers to the Immaculate Conception for a reason. I can think of an almost infinite number of reasons to do so. Is that so bad?
I mean, have I ever put up this picture before? Like a million times?