Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (situational awareness, ed.)

Now that’s a situational awareness beast! He’s saying: “Hey! There are some flowers for the Immaculate Conception! Let me rush to see them closer up!”

But then there’s another kind of situational awareness, spiritual, about the Corpus Christi Mysticum, as Pius XII called it, the Mystical Body of Christ, what Saint Paul simply calls the Body of Christ, with Jesus as the Head of the Body and we the members of the body.

If we go about all self-entitled with… self-entitlement… entirely unaware of the Body of Christ, whether Jesus or we the members of the Body, we’re not spiritually situationally aware. If we love Jesus, then we keep the commandments, learning necessarily to depend not on a strength we don’t ourselves have, but on Jesus’ strength which He will draw us into, His love, His truth.

We will walk in sanctifying grace, humbly thankful to Him who saves us from being the minions of self-entitled Satan. Being in His life, His grace, we see more clearly, in contrast, just how far Jesus had to reach to get us in this sorry world, just how far we were from God, how wrapped up we were with ourselves, entitled, we thought, to do so. But we stay with Jesus, looking to Him, praising Him.

We learn how to carry our own cross of weakness better in looking to Jesus, following Him. Seeing the darkness more acutely in the light of Christ, our very lives become an act of intercession for the the other members of the Body of Christ. We begin to recognize that love of God is an act which in itself is also love of neighbor. We do not decapitate Jesus, saying we love Him while we discard the rest of the Body of Christ. It’s one act of love, for Head and members, the one Body of Christ. Only He is divine. Only He is God. But we are drawn up to be one with God. In that we desire that all get to know the Head of the Body as they are called to do. One act of love.

It is in this way that we are spiritually situationally aware. Our lives become – to repeat this – acts of intercession for the whole Church.

This is NOT about weird extra-sensory perception. This is about having a vision of reality as it is, that is, a vision from the Cross, one with Jesus as He lifted up on the Cross, then, as He said, drawing all to Himself right across Calvary, right across all of hell broken out. This is not frightening for the one who is drawn into this love thanks alone to Christ Jesus. We witness His glory. We witness His love and truth.

And in this spiritual situational awareness one is brought up into the joy of the Holy Spirit, if but our very lives become a sacrifice, a life of friendship with God in a world that is aggressively set against God, a life of friendship with God while we are still subject to weakness, darkness, seeming distance from God. But as we stay with the Head of the Body by His strength, by His love, by His truth, this reaches out to others to bring them closer to Jesus than they are, whether very close or, for now, very far away.

And that’s all very much much a flower for the Immaculate Conception. There was no one more spiritually situationally aware than she was and is for all of us.

So, in my own lowly beastly way, as in the picture above, I exclaim: “Hey! Look! There’s a flower for the Immaculate Conception, another soul that must be on its way to heaven!”

Flowers… so… if you didn’t know… we’re always talking about the Rosary, with each Hail Mary being a flower for the good mom of Jesus.


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3 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (situational awareness, ed.)

  1. sanfelipe007

    Wonderfully drawn analogy, Father! I congratulate your GA for getting through to you, and Thanks be to God.

  2. Aussie Mum

    Re: to be “spiritually situationally aware” and “recognise that love of God is an act which in itself is also love of neighbour”.
    This is what Fatima is about. I find it so very striking that the first prayer St Michael the Archangel taught the three children of Fatima was a response to Our Lord’s Great Commandment.
    The Two-Fold Commandment: “… there is no God but the Lord thy God; and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with the love of thy whole heart, and thy whole soul, and thy whole mind, and thy whole strength.This is the first commandment, and the second, its like, is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12: 29-31)
    The Two-Fold Prayer-Response: My God I believe, I adore, I hope and I love you! I ask forgiveness for all those who do not believe, adore, hope and love You. (Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words, 16th Edition, pp. 78 & 171 – available free online at
    The more we love God the better we love our family and friends and the more concerned we are about everyone’s good, even the good of those who have harmed us and those we have never met. Conversely, the less we love God the more unloving we become, the less forgiving and less concerned for the welfare of anyone except ourselves. True love – love that is rooted in God – brings peace, its opposite brings conflict, violence, revolution and war.
    The so called “Enlightenment” imagined that mankind could live in peace without God by means of a godless brotherhood, ignoring the fact that there can be no true brotherhood (relations based on love) without the Fatherhood of God. Take out God and we are left with an infernal brotherhood (relations based on malice) under the power of the Devil. That dark reality behind enlightenment thinking has since fuelled atheistic revolutions and world wars.
    Re: “There was no one more spiritually situationally aware than she (the Immaculate Conception) was and is for all of us.”
    And so she came to Fatima during the 1st World War, Pope Benedict XV having already noted that “never was there less brotherly activity amongst men than at the present moment. Race hatred has reached its climax; peoples are more divided by jealousies than by frontiers; within one and the same nation, within the same city there rages the burning envy of class against class; and amongst individuals it is self-love which is the supreme law over-ruling everything”. (Encyclical, “Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum, Appealing for Peace”, Nov 1914, Para 7)
    Communist Revolution is now stirring in the West but the Church will not be overthrown. Our Lady told us that “God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.” … “Say the Rosary every day” … “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” She also mentioned flowers, saying that souls who embrace devotion to her Immaculate Heart “will be dear to God, like flowers put by me to adorn His throne.” (Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words, p. 194)

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