Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Pope Francis on Mary’s virginity ed.)

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You have heard recently that it was said that Jesus’ good mom, Mary, the immaculate ever virgin mother of God, had no intention whatsoever of remaining a virgin at all. This is to insult Mary as being stupid.

Consider that when the angel sent to her to announce that she was to be the Mother of the Divine Son of God, she asked how this could be since she knows not man. Mind you, she was betrothed to Joseph, to be married to him, but she is ruling out making babies with Joseph. She knows not man. She will not ever know man. She’s not ever going to give up on being a virgin. She knew absolutely that she was called by God to be virgin forever.

That doesn’t mean that she was ruling out following the command to be fruitful and multiply; that doesn’t mean she was ruling out being a mother.

When the angel explained that she would conceive inside her womb by the power of the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, so that the One who is to be born of her will truly be the Divine Son of God, and when the angel again explained to her that during the very birth that Divine Son of God would be called “Holy” – necessitating that there be no blood offending Jewish purity laws (which would be impossible unless it would be a miraculous birth) – only then did she consent: “Yes!”

So, to repeat, saying that Mary had no intention to remain forever a virgin is to insult her as stupid or as being a liar. We recall what Pope Francis said about insulting one’s mother:

Of course, I have no intention to punch Pope Francis for having insulted Jesus’ good mom. I’ll leave that to Jesus (but see below). I do recall, however, that in mid-January 2015 Pope Francis insulted my mom by telling women generally not to breed like rabbits: as it is, I’m the fourth child of my own mother. She wasn’t a rabbit.

Now, having said all that: I forgive Pope Francis. I assume that he’s had a typical Jesuit anti-Catholic training in the seminary, and that he was taught to be dismissive of the Sacred Scriptures and the Fathers of the Church and the Councils of the Church. I assume that he thinks that he’s better than everyone before him because he lives today, you know, the old trick of being Promethean and all that, you know, because that’s the trick that everyone who taught him were playing when he was in the seminary. I assume that he’s no theologian, that he thinks it’s nice to speak of Mary as being “normal girl”, that he’s simply a political animal, you know, sincere in his vacuity, but sincere nonetheless. So, whatever. That’s on him. I forgive him.

That I forgive him – I’m his own Missionary of Mercy, right? – that forgiveness doesn’t mean I don’t hate it that people are scandalized, that people are not fed, that the brethren are not at all confirmed in the faith, that the Pope is not the sign of unity. I do hate all that. But I forgive him. And he does say the occasional good thing, you know, now and again. And he has, of course, never abused the gift of infallibility, nor could he.

Here’s the deal: I’ve done much worse. I’ve crucified the Son of the Living God, of the Immaculate ever Virgin Mary by way of my after-the-fact participation in original sin, by way of my own sin. We’re not made more righteous by throwing a tantrum and condemning others. We’re not made more righteous by being cynical and unforgiving.

Regardless of whatever Pope Francis says to insult Mary, I myself will continue to give flowers to the Immaculate Conception, asking that she ask her Divine Son Jesus to forgive Pope Francis for such insults and outrages.

You know what happens then? Then I am peaceful in heart and soul once again. Thank you, Jesus; thank you, Mary.

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6 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Pope Francis on Mary’s virginity ed.)

  1. nancyv

    Peace be with you! And thank you for this. I am praying another 54 Day novena Rosary just for the deliverance of this Pope and his like, and for the perseverance for all holy priests.

  2. pelerin

    ‘Jesuit anti-Catholic training?’ Isn’t this just a teeny bit worrying given that Francis is now Pope?
    I am sure many of us are grateful that you are carrying on blogging. One Priest blogger I used to follow has written :- ‘In common with a number of other Priest bloggers, the present papacy has sapped my enthusiasm for blogging.’ I for one do miss their wise words.

    • Father George David Byers

      When the going gets tough, the tough…

      • pelerin

        The going certainly has been tough for three of the priests who used to have regular postings on their blogs but who no longer blog. All three have suffered heart failure and consequently although two have returned to their parishes, life cannot be easy for them. (My husband had two heart attacks and I know how he suffered for many years.) All three good priests celebrated the EF although sadly the priest of my ‘second parish’ no longer has the energy to offer this as it is obviously physically more demanding.

      • Father George David Byers

        They are tougher than me

  3. Aussie Mum

    A pope with anti-Catholic training /formation is a shocking reality. I can’t imagine a more potent sign of the times. The triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart cannot be far off.

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