Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Just when you least expect it, edition)

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Just when there is corruption and destruction all around, death… there is life. There might be some scars of ravenous wolves, of getting burned and betrayed (see picture above), but life goes on. And that life is of God. And that life is beautiful, in which we can, by the grace of God, rejoice.

Now, draw the analogy. Just when all say that all is lost in the Church, what with ravenous wolves, betrayal, the sacraments still go on. Jesus Himself is with us. The more darkness and violence, the more enthusiastic is the greeting of the Risen Son of the Living God (still bearing the wounds): “Be not afraid!”

That’s Mary’s Son. A flower for you, Mary.

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7 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Just when you least expect it, edition)

  1. Aussie Mum

    Yes, but so many are being led astray and bishops fail to speak.

  2. pelerin

    Last night I attended Adoration and Benediction. There were just four people there together with the Parish Priest – two of us had come from neighbouring towns, one I knew was a parishioner and I did not recognise the fourth. Where were the other parishioners? I really did wonder whether the Church will ever recover – but then I read your post. Thank you Father for being optimistic

  3. Joisy Goil

    Response to perelin: I too ask that same question about ‘where are the other parishioners?’ We have adoration once a month on the first Sunday of the month (after the last mass) and there are usually only 8 of us in attendance (including our Pastor). After mass everybody walks down the aisles talking and laughing as if they were in a bus station rather than in Jesus’ presence. It makes me sad for Jesus. I don’t like being ignored – and I am nobody – Jesus certainly deserves better. I wonder if people understand the Eucharist IS Jesus. If He was sighted in human form there would be crowds forming outside and pilgrimages to our church.

    I am glad that Jesus said that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church, because if he didn’t tell us that I would be worried.

  4. sanfelipe007

    Your attendance, I might wager, is all the more precious to Our Lord, because – well, I WAS going to say something trite like “because like gold it is rare” – but I think it is because God’s ways are so far above our ways.

  5. sanfelipe007

    A quick anecdote, and then a “pro” tip (I hear you giggling, father)

    Back when our mother was still with us, I received a panicked call from my brother, who was infamous for a very hot temper, who sought my advice on how to handle a situation:
    He: Mom and I are here, waiting on mom’s therapist, and the appointment was for 30 minutes ago. I am really mad, but what do you think I should do?
    I: OK, when she arrives, express your concern for her welfare with “Are you all right? We were worried you might have been in an accident!

    He: What? Are you kidding me?
    I: No, You don’t know what her situation might be. If she had trouble getting in, she would appreciate your concern and bless you. On the other hand, if she is guilty of dawdling, then she will be embarrassed and make a heartfelt apology to you!

    He: Hmmm, OK. [hangs up]

    [gets on his high-horse] Pro tip: Instead of wondering where the “others” might be, pray, “Lord, I offer these prayers on behalf of those unable or unwilling to be here, and for the many times I, myself neglected you.”

    But you did do that, I know. [falls off high-horse]

  6. Monica Harris

    If that is a trillium, they take a LONG time to blossom. Patience.

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