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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (“We were sinners” edition)

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“Frost and chill, bless the Lord!”

Aussie Mum made a good catch about another “Flower for the Immaculate Conception.” (HERE). She said:

“I can imagine Our Lady reciting or singing parts of Azariah’s prayer – the praises for example that he and his companions prayed (Daniel 3:51-56 and 58-90) – but parts of the prayer that he prayed alone, such as “ Sinners we were, that had wronged and forsaken thee, all was amiss with us …” (verses 29-30) seem most unsuitable to be voiced by the Immaculate Conception since she was totally sinless. Maybe I have the wrong prayer or have not properly understood. The praises are certainly beautiful and verse 70 does indeed go well with the photo above [“Snow and ice, bless the Lord!”]. Thank you Father. Your posts get me thinking on things that are good to be thinking about.”

Good catch, Aussie Mum.

It is true, of course, that Mary was never touched by original sin, that she is, therefore, the Immaculate Conception. It is true, of course, that Mary never personally sinned.

But there is something else to consider here so as to give credit to our Lady where credit is due. She also had to be redeemed, which is the way she was able to be saved from original sin at the first instant of her conception so that it never touched her. In other words – time not being a difficulty with God – what her Son did on the Cross was also done for her.

Take note, then, that this provided her with such purity of heart and agility of soul and clarity of vision that the fact of the Redemption to come also being needed for her was obvious, providing her with opportunity to be thankful, and not only for herself, but for all for whom her Divine Son would lay down His life, and for whom she would become a mother with such a spirit of solidarity:

“ Sinners we were, that had wronged and forsaken thee, all was amiss with us …”

She interceded for us in utter solidarity with what her Son on the Cross was doing for us all, but not forgetting for an instant that she had to be thankful as well. She had never been a sinner – true! – but she was aware of that sin more than all of us put together. The “we” and “us” are, for her, truths of solidarity, not of personal fact.

I hope the one-day-to-be-canonized Archbishop Fulton J Sheen once said that only the sinless know sin. Sinners are so immersed in darkness that they cannot see the Standard of Goodness, Jesus, but only their darkness. They cannot see the contrast. They cannot see why sin is called sin and bad and evil. Only the sinless, who have purity of heart and agility of soul and clarity of vision can see Jesus for who He is, also on the Cross, though tortured to death like the worst of criminals. And in seeing that sin, seeing what we need perfectly, she can then, with such a maternal heart, intercede for us perfectly, uniting herself to us, standing in our place with all the “we” and “us”, innocent as she is, you know, just like her Son, who stands in our place, the innocent for the guilty, so that He might have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us.

You know the old saying:

Like Son, like mother.

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Homily 2018 09 12 Holy Name of Mary

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Silly me. When I was living for a little while above the cave of Elijah on Mount Carmel, I went outside and asked my guardian angel to show me a cloud in the shape of a foot (crushing the serpent, as in Genesis) arising out of the sea from which a rain storm would come (as with Elijah). My guardian angel has fun with me.

Did you know that Mary has two names? Well, three, at least.

  • “The Woman” as in Genesis 3:15, Gospel of John, etc
  • Mary – Miryam – Bitter Sea
  • The one who perfectly continues to stand perfectly transformed in grace from the time when – in context of Luke 1 – she was called to the be Virgin Mother of God, from all eternity, and that coming home at the first moment of her conception.

I realize I haven’t put up any homilies for a while, but I figure that if Pope Francis can give homilies over in Santa Marta the way he does, then I can give homilies over here in the beyonds of the peripheries.

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Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue…

The above video is the most amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing recitation by the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen.

Lovely lady, dressed in blue,
Teach me how to pray
Cause God was just your little boy,
And you know the way
Did you lift him up sometimes,
Gently on your knee
Did you tell him stories of the world,
Like Mother did to me
And when he fell, did you lift him up,
And make everything alright
And did you tell him his prayers at night

I want to know my lovely lady, lovely lady,
Dressed, dressed in blue
Oh, God was just your little boy,
Your little boy and you know the truth
And did you whisper in his ear sweet lullabyes,
I want to know, I want to know,
I want to know, did he cry

Lovely lady, dressed in blue,
Oh won’t you please teach me how to pray
Cause God was just your little boy, and
I want to know, I want to know,
I want to know, so teach me how to pray

Teach me how to pray

Monstra te esse matrem!

GENESIS THESIS GEORGE DAVID BYERS

IVE GENESIS IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CONFERENCE 7 FEBRUARY 2013

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Flowers in February edition)

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Yesterday, during Communion Calls after the last Sunday Mass, after the very first call nearby, these beauties were to be seen in their thousands. Perfect for the Immaculate Conception. They are in direct line of sight of the statue of Mary on the front steps of the rectory. Today was unseasonably warm after a couple of months of unseasonably cold temps. This is perfect for yesterday, as it was February 11, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

You’ll remember that the parish priest, a bit skeptical of what little Bernadette was telling him, told her to bring some flowers from the grotto, in February, when no flowers bloom there. She came back with a heap of flowers. Hah.

I took this picture at that very grotto after weeks of below freezing temps in Lourdes, really cold, snow but mostly ice everywhere. These tender flowers decided to punch through the ice and snow in honor of Mary. :-)

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Mary is the Immaculate Conception:

IVE GENESIS IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CONFERENCE 7 FEBRUARY 2013

GENESIS THESIS GEORGE DAVID BYERS

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Homily 2017 12 21 – The Visitation (Father George the Heretic edition)

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I’ve been called a heretic because:

  1. Aquinas didn’t have a complete understanding of the Immaculate Conception.[!]
  2. I put in a correction to Pope Benedict of his understanding of the Immaculate Conception and otherwise on original sin, and we then agreed together with the long standing Tradition and teaching of the Church. [!]

GENESIS THESIS GEORGE DAVID BYERS

IVE GENESIS IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CONFERENCE 7 FEBRUARY 2013

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Happy Feast Immaculate Conception

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Happy Feast Day! The angels rejoice! The weight of the glory of God shines upon us: can you feel the weight of the glory of God upon you?

Many posts are planned for the blog today on the Immaculate Conception. But right now, it is off to many Masses and other appointments for the feast. I’m one very happy priest on this feast of feasts. It’s Jesus’ good mom’s feast day!

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Flores for the Immaculate Conception (ragamuffin waif guttersnipe orphan street urchin adopted kid edition)

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Holy Mother Church has long presented the most glorious aspects of the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God assumed soul and body into heaven, sometimes doing this also in reaction to attacks on her Divine Son. While none of these interventions which provide magisterial teaching on Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition make Mary out to be unapproachable even though she is that woman clothed with the sun, with the stars about her and the moon under her feet, it is easy to get that unapproachable impression if we don’t collectively start also to note how these very things make her approachable, that is, even while paying attention to those things people have found somewhat uncomfortable to notice. Thus:

Let’s call to mind the whole “Mary is only the mother of Jesus and she had no other kids” drama, you know, with all the arguments that “the brothers and sisters of Jesus” are really just “cousins” because the language at the time had no word for “cousins” and simply used “brothers and sisters” blah blah blah. That’s all correct, but, I think, misguided. Yes, Mary was the birth mother of Jesus alone, and there are those who are verifiably the cousins of Jesus mentioned in the Scriptures. But remember the time Jesus was rejected in His own native place, and especially that time “the brothers and sisters of Jesus” dragged Mary to where He was so that they could prove to her that He was demon possessed because He didn’t have time even to eat in that He was so good and kind?

Cousins don’t act like that. Only those who are insecure and think they have to prove something to gain their feeling of security do that kind of thing. What I think is going on here is that when the Holy Family returned from Egypt, now speaking Arabic and most likely marginalized with their house having been stolen while they were gone, have their plight noticed by the street kids who were for whatever reason also marginalized. Those kids instantaneously gravitated to and were adopted into the Holy Family en masse when they saw just one brought in, fed and cared for. Jesus wasn’t a brat. Jesus was the only child. They were envious of Him. They had to prove something, they thought, to Mary to protect their own position in the household.

In all of this, did Mary throw them out? No. Was she always available for all waifs who were dying of neglect on the streets? Yes. For her, were they like bright flowers given to her by her Son? Yes. Did they realize how much she loved them? No. Did that stop her from loving them? No. We are so very secure in the Holy Family and we don’t even know it. Typical us. Heaven will be different. Good thing our fallen human feelings don’t dictate actual reality. Our perceptions aren’t always correct. We are loved even if we don’t feel like it. Heaven will be different.

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday. More on mercy later.

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Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Thank you ever so very much, Immaculate Conception! edition)

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My spirit is as light as a fluffy dandelion being given to Jesus for the Immaculate Conception. Our Lady has granted me this very day a great favor, two, in fact. I feel like a little kid before her, my spirit rejoicing. I’m bursting with joy, smiling from ear to ear.

byers dance paul vi audience hallMentioned in the conversation with the Bishop, who called me up, and with the Bishop bringing up the topic, was my thesis on the Immaculate Conception and my need to make a popular version of it. This is a sign, I believe from our Lady, that NOW’s the time! This will be the little flower I give to her through Jesus, if this is made possible by the providence of her Divine Son. I again dance with joy. Do I ever stop?

But that was just one thing. The other is… well… what a gift! I’ll write about that as time goes on. I’m speechless. I too, must be loved by the Immaculate Conception, and by her Divine Son. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Mary.

Dance dance dance dance dance…

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Flores for the Immaculate Conception Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum ed.?

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The dogwoods are out in bloom. Such blood on their leathery petals.

It must be Lady Day!

This solemnity is named after what the angel did: “The Annunciation.” That’s not right. It shouldn’t be. It’s enough to make an angel upset. And you DO NOT want any angel upset with you.

“Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum!”

Those words surely recall for you the great joy to be had in the family of faith when the Cardinal Proto-Deacon announces that an election has been made by the voting cardinals of a successor of Saint Peter, the bishop of the See of Rome, who is therefore and  because of that the Supreme Pontiff, il Papa, the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ, a sign of unity, the one who is to confirm his brother successors to the apostles in the faith.

The proclamation avoids the pretension of using the same word chosen by Saint Jerome for his Latin translation of the Greek regarding the angel who is speaking of the birth of Christ to the shepherds who were watching their flocks by night: εὐαγγελίζομαι -euangelizo – I proclaim the Good News of a great joy [to you…]. Some of the Vetus Latina manuscripts simply, and not so accurately used the word to announce: annuntio vobis…

You’ll note that in two proclamations above, one to the family of faith about the earthly father of the family of faith and the other to the shepherds about the Good Shepherd, that the messengers keep their distance by emphasizing themselves: I am announcing to you a great joy… I am proclaiming the Good News to you, a great joy… Both announcements involve important events, but neither the newly elected Pontiff nor Jesus are immediately present, so that the messengers still have full authority and they need to mention this.

Instead, with announcement to Mary by the angel that she is to be the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, the angel takes himself out of the picture, and he tells her why:

“Χαῖρε, κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ κύριος μετὰ σοῦ. Rejoice, you who perfectly continue to stand perfectly transformed in grace [and, in context, since the time of the first moment in which you received your vocation to be the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, since your conception]; the Lord is with you!”

The angel could hardly point to his own authority for making this announcement of a great joy, this proclamation of the Good News, because Mary had more authority in the angel, for, as he said, it is the Lord Himself who is with her. The angel is simply there for her instruction at her discretion. The emphasis is on God and her being the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God.

Yes, besides Genesis 3:15, this passage in Luke 1:28 points to the Immaculate Conception. I beg Jesus daily that I have the time to write about all this. But that’s another post. Meanwhile:

Thank you, Jesus, for deigning to come among us through dearest Mary. Thank you, Mary, for offering your response from which so very much would follow:

Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum

 

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