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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Superabundance close by edition)


This stand of daffodils – how to say it? – clearly making a stand just outside the church, and not just one group, but very many, surrounding the church, make it ever so easy to gather some flowers for the Immaculate Conception. Don’t you think of Jesus’ good mom every time you see flowers. I think it’s a good practice. Ask your guardian angel about it.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Double dare you! No! edition)


I could get closer to this field of flowers which, even in their location, are for Immaculate Conception. But I won’t. She’s brave. She can go anywhere at any time no matter who is there. After braving the likes a Herod near Bethlehem. After braving exile in Egypt. After braving the attacks on her Son during His public ministry. After she stood at the Cross on Calvary when the Apostles ran away. She’s brave. I’m not. I admit it.

I can just hear my guardian angel: “Go ahead! I double dare you! Get closer!” And my cowardly answer is simply: “No!” But no matter how far away I may remain from rather dangerously located flowers (I’ll let that remain a mystery), she’s already there.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (February Lent prepper edition)


The earliest possible date for Ash Wednesday (extremely rare) is February 4. But it’s quite common to begin Lent by mid-late February. These guys, right up the street from the rectory, seem to sprout up just in time for the beginning of Lent each year, but this time, they’re waaaaay toooo early. Ash Wednesday 2019 isn’t until March 6. But it’s good to see that nature is always at the ready to honor the Immaculate Conception. No one has ever done up a better preparation for Easter than the Immaculate Conception. She knew what had to come first with her Son making all things new, what would have to happen during what we now call the Sacred Triduum lasting from the Last Supper until the Easter Vigil. She carried that. So, for you, dearest Mary, from your Son, Creator of all things, visible and invisible.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (On the hunt! Gravitas edition)


It’s been rather cold. It’s warm right now. Whatever it is that’s pictured above doesn’t seem to care, as it hasn’t changed one bit through it all, stably shining away just outside the church on the Guadalupe (i.e., Epistle) side of the church. Is it a flower? A vegetable? Some kind of carnation? Orchid? For all the flowers I collect for the Immaculate Conception, I continue to know nothing about flowers. I’m just happy to be on the hunt and collect whatever might seem to be utilized for rendering honor to whom honor is due (which is the definition of piety, by the way, a part of the virtue of justice).

Anxious, however, that I’ve been remiss, more hunting further afield is necessary. Ah! Here’s one, ultra super tiny. One needs good eyes for the hunt:


Of course, once on the hunt, if that has been even a little bit successful, one stays on the hunt until more is to be found:


Faced with this, presentation is paramount. The hunt must intensify. So, while on the most dangerous one-lane gravel road in Western North Carolina, with cliffs to the left and ravines to the right, these were to be seen:


Brakes were jammed. Transmission was thrown into reverse. Hope was emphasized that I wouldn’t back into anyone while reversing on a blind corner. All was well. Except these are not quite flowers, something, instead, to do with some kind of moss:


I suppose there’s a technical name for these “flowers” besides “flowers”. I don’t care. It’s the middle of February!

Meanwhile: I’ve been putting up some pretty heavy posts. Mind you, these posts on Flowers for the Immaculate Conception are not meant to be light posts.

The Immaculate Conception is a good mom, and, like all good moms, she has what’s called “gravitas”. She can handle stuff. Flowers are brought to her because she can handle the heavy stuff. It’s a thank you that doesn’t loose sight of the heavy stuff. It puts the heavy stuff in perspective. Flowers for the Immaculate Conception put things into perspective, even the heavy stuff, especially the heavy stuff.


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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (My favorites edition)

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Yes, that’s the hermitage in the background for those of you with discerning eyes. These flowers are no more, as one of the mountain dwellers (not the neighbors to the hermitage!) has literally gone our of “their” way to destroy them all. Too bad, that. These would come out around August 15, a particular feast day.

Meanwhile, on another feast day in mid-February, say, February 11, these guys are sure sure to make an appearance on the other side of the world in a certain grotto of the Hautes-Pyrénées:


Meanwhile, sometime during any springtime on Mount Carmel, one is bound to see a zillion yellow flowers, say, around Passover and Holy Week/Easter. I put these up because of a somber occasion the other day, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is every day as far as I’m concerned, and I’ve been offering lots of Masses for a certain M.G. and a certain A.G.

It’s because of what’s happening in those videos that I put up flowers for the Immaculate Conception…

Which brings us to today out front of the rectory with the Guadalupe Superabundant Rose bush, which is getting itself ready for good times to come, even in the midst of the absolutely frozen temps of these days in these USA:



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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (frogmen edition)


Frogmen were a kind of early version of the Navy SEALs, a “can do” crowd trained up to do anything anywhere under any conditions, water or not. It’s January. It’s waaaay below freezing. Those pictured above are nevertheless prompt to do the necessary in springing up in impossible conditions to do the necessary right outside the church, that is, to honor the good mother of Jesus, the Immaculate Conception, who is *The Warrior* over against the enemy, Satan, as we read in Genesis 3:15. Nature is obedient. We have some difficulties with that. We are instructed by nature. Indeed, “Creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the sons of God” (Romans 8:19). By the grace of God we can, despite all our weakness and temptation and darkness also put into action such prompt readiness for all that is good and holy under any and all circumstances.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (popcorn edition)


These are just outside the house of the neighbor to the hermitage. In January.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (tinier than itsy-bitsy edition)


Sometimes, situational awareness has one actively hunt down that about which one wants to be aware. Where to get flowers for the Immaculate Conception in January? These are by the hermitage on the North side of a base of a massive tree which gets no direct sunlight, especially during the Winter. I suppose these are not technically flowers, but – Hey! – I think they still do the job, maybe the help of a magnifying glass.

And, yes, this is just the thing to share with the world when the whole world is going to hell. As the monster runs into hell, this is just the kind of thing which trips him up so as to reconsider.


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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (itsy bitsy edition)


Tromping across the mud to get these. It makes no difference in the bigger scheme of things, you say? Actually, the bigger scheme of things is for this kind of interaction with the Holy Family. We’ll all believe it the very nano-second we die and enter into whatever kind of eternity we’re going to enter into. And we will do that much sooner than later. And we’ll know that too as soon as it irretrievably happens. No going back. Time for Confession. See that? Pay attention to Jesus’ good mom and she brings us right to Jesus in the most important way possible. :-)

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Christmas born to die edition)



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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (ferocious angel edition)


The parishioner who made this Flower for the Immaculate Conception was surprised when I said that that’s a really nice flower. “Huh?” she exclaimed with exasperation. “That’s a ferocious guardian angel like you’re always talking about!”

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Recuerdo de la Villa edition)

guadalupe recuerdo de la villa

Imagine being in a prison hell-hole with no internet access, at a computer screen at your work in the prison library of incarcerated books and readers, where there is no internet access and no reference at all to that which is religious, no consolation, bleak, dreary, drudgery, depressing, the darkest of existential peripheries.

Imagine that it’s the vigil of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Imagine that it pops into your head to change the monitor background picture from nothing to some other kind of nothing, scrolling through a million secular image thumbnails as tiny as tiny can be, coming across a spectacular graffito image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then successfully setting it as the monitor background image. You know who that happened to, don’t you?


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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Natura morta edition)


After the procession through town we’re back to a more domestic situation with the shrine just behind Holy Redeemer church. The flowers are placed like any basket of natura morte for painters, the ol’ last ditch effort at beauty before all goes the way of all flesh, that is, including us, kind of like a lit candle giving its all. It’s on its way out, trying its best. It might last just a bit longer still planted for flowers, still hanging on a tree for fruit, still unlit for candles, but the defiance of death to demonstrate love stronger than death is most attractive. No use playing politics, thinking we’re saving ourselves. For what? Better to let the beauty and light of Mary’s Son radiate so as to help each other be on our way to heaven with a love stronger than death, a flower for Jesus’ good mom, the Immaculate Conception.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (blue-lighting procession edition)


Getting ready for the 1.6 mile procession through town to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Andrews, NC, in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Even while people were lining up in preparation for the start, some of our Military vets needed a sword ceremony updating for the Knights of Columbus.


We were assisted with blue-lighting by our local police. Thank you! That saved us a number of times in some of the more curvy double-yellow lined back streets.


How could one not dance in such circumstances? It’s said that the image on the Tilma tells the story that even our Lady was dancing a bit.


The above procession started in the evening and ended at night, after which we had Holy Mass and then a feast in the social hall. Really good.

Earlier, we had las mañanitas a la Virgen de Guadalupe starting at 5:00 AM during which I heard Confessions. We had Mass at 6:00 AM as well. A beautiful day.

Oh, and yes, here are those flowers for the Immaculate Conception in our tiny church:



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Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Our Lady of the Snows edition)


Today’s 8 December – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – and… and… it’s set to snow today, perhaps a lot. A good re-post.

Back in the day, when I was a permanent chaplain in Lourdes, France, I took this picture with my el-cheapo digital camera. It was February, the first day following weeks of 24/7 sub-freezing temps with ice and snow precipitating down on the pilgrims daily. As you can see, the ice and snow are no match for the gentlest of petals when it is time to give due honor to the Immaculate Conception at the grotto. Here’s a view from above the grotto, and, yes, this is also a color picture. It was just that dark and dreary and ferociously cold for weeks:


Meanwhile, in the brutally hot August of Rome it snowed exactly where the Basilica in honor of Jesus’ good mom was to be built, and only there, you know, when tender snowflakes had something to do with water and temperature.

Today I am thinking about Saint John Paul II, how he used the phrase “co-redemptrix” dozens of times, I think 29 times. This title for our Lady refers simply to how appropriate it was in justice that one of us who is not divine should ask for such graces perfectly, graces coming directly from her Divine Son. Thank you, Blessed Mother, for being a good mother to us. Continue to show yourself a mother to us!

Monstra te esse matrem!



Perhaps this theme of co-redemptrix is the key to my making a popular version of the thesis, finally. My hope is that this would bring some light to the darkness, including my own dark little life. The glory of the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception entering this world to grab us and bring us to heaven fires me up, enough, methinks, to melt the ice and snow, enough, methinks, to finally start writing. [I know, I know, I just have to do it. Time goes on. Life is short. Yikes!]


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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Update on rosaries edition)


These guys are withstanding the freezing Winter temps outside, surely for the upcoming feast of the Immaculate Conception this Saturday, December 8. I went to Confession, a kind of General Confession, with a really good priest. What a joy. Purity of heart and agility of soul in God’s good grace, in friendship with the Son of the Living God, is happiness; looking forward to heaven with the hope that is granted to us, is the way to go. So, a flower for the Immaculate Conception, who holds us in regard, that is, regarding us, beckoning us, to be disciples of her Son. After all, He forgave us really a lot…


Right after that, it was off to Charlotte to see the Bishop and the other priests of the diocese. The bishop offers his priests an Advent meal of fraternity each year out of his own pocket. Very pleasant. I gave out the handmade Rosaries for priests, and the Bishop took one with much appreciation, asking about those who made them. I said that I had a few left and that if he knew of any priests who might appreciate them he could have those too. He said he did, and it seems we had just the exact number needed for this region of the world. So, I was quite happy with that. Thanks to the makers of the unbreakable rosaries!

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Is this a Catholic home? edition)


Actually, that’s a pretty good picture for just candlelight late in the evening on Thanksgiving. The neighbor to the hermitage, knowing I put up flowers for the Immaculate Conception went on the hunt for some flowers and returned with the variety. A couple of “lion’s tooth” and some other tiny ones whose names I’ve forgotten already. There’s always a candle lit on the sideboard shrine. The statue of Saint Joseph with the child Jesus comes from Father Lutz at the Jubilee Museum in Columbus, Ohio. The darkest of times are lit up in certain simply familiar ways. Don’t give up. There is much joy and peace in the faith even if there are bad actors round about.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (North American College Rome edition)

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From a priest who’s on the roof of the North American College in Rome as I write this:

Dear Father,

When I saw these flowers, still flourishing despite the cold and the wind here in Rome (life in spite of death sounds pretty Gospel to me!), I couldn’t help but think of Mary and you! From one donkey priest to another.

– Pax

My guardian angel is cringing from my being remembered with Mary, well, except for the fact that I’m said to be a donkey and donkeys are always with the Holy Family. So, I’m good with that, especially because of the way he described himself.

I might note here the mention of cold and wind in Rome. I have to wonder if that is a reference to windswept or any such thing. I’m sure it’s not easy. We pray to support each other. Hail Mary…

I’m sure our Lady must hear such prayers from donkey priests who give flowers to her.


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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (hunting for the right mix edition)


When there’s not too many flowers round about that doesn’t mean one can’t give flowers to the Immaculate Conception. You just have to be more imaginative. There’s these berry things I got on the day off the other day. But when I was a kid in Minnesota, there was always:

  • Cattails
  • Pussywillows
  • Milk weed pods
  • Twigs with acorns
  • Twigs with helicopters

Did I go hunting for such things with the pet dog and also with a .22 long rifle and shoot at such things as listed above as well. Well yes, but that’s besides the point. I’m sure  no one minded just the right mix of activities. All in good sport. ;-)

Of course, the “roses” of Hail Marys of rosaries are the best flowers for the Immaculate Conception. I did get in hand made rosaries for priests. I’ll have to see about putting up a post about rosaries!

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (when all is darkness edition)

One might think it takes the bravest of souls to give a flower to the Immaculate Conception in the darkest of times or perhaps the most naive. I think it just takes Jesus’ good mom being appreciative especially in the darkest of times.

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