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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Roses in Winter, Deux

Today I went to the little park, where the winter roses bloom, and I gathered three roses. There were only three blooming. I also saw a sprig of rose hips, and took that as well. 


There is a new statue outside at our Cathedral, a depiction of Our Lady as she appeared at Guadalupe. I put the roses in her hands and I knelt and just had no words, except to help me be strong for my little family. I love the new statue. 


But I have been given a great gift to feel as if I am looking at the actual Blessed Mother. The Virgen de Guadalupe is the best-known apparition Mary has made in the new world, so she is especially dear to us here. On Mary's hand in the photo above, do you see a bright spark of light? Mary was in shadow, with the sun behind her. That little spark has me wondering.


And now the spark has moved...and doubled...

I can always feel Mary's eyes on me in church. She always has such a loving gaze, a balm to the heart.



The faithful have gathered the pretty berries that fell around the statue and made a ring around her feet. I love the childlike faith here. I wish everyone lived where the churches are open every day, and a Mass (or sermon) is said each and every day at each church!


I hope your week is going well and that "Hump Day" finds you safe, content, and well, and if any of those things are missing, may they quickly find their way into your life.

Kind regards,

Holly, The Olde Dame




22 comments :

  1. It is a beautiful figure of Mary. I do hope what troubles your heart eases. The roses in winter are beautiful we are -3 and nothing blooms it sleeps under the snow and cold for warmer days.
    Cathy

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  2. So many things give us comfort! And how nice to find a few roses still blooming! Enjoy your day!

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  3. The statue of Mary is beautiful. How special to see the two drops of light on it. And that's so sweet that you took the three roses that were blooming at the park and put them in her hands. Yes, she has the most loving face I've ever seen. She is so dear to me. Usually Our Lady Of Guadalupe statues are very colorful; I like this cream colored one a lot.

    ~Sheri

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  4. A beautiful statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Such a thoughtful gift from you for Mother Mary. So many don't even pay attention to our Blessed Mother Mary. After all, she is the mother of Jesus who came to save us. God gave her a free will to say yes or no when the Archangel Gabriel visited her to tell her that she was blessed among all women. She had other plans of being married to Joseph. Because of her yes, we have a chance at salvation if we accept it.

    May all your prayers be answered.
    Hugs, Julia

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  5. Beautiful post
    You placed the roses perfectly.

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  6. Sorry you feel the need for comfort and glad you found it. beautiful roses in her hand

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  7. Beautiful flowers for our beautiful lady! Janice

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  8. You used those roses beautifully, Holly. I know this gave you great comfort, too.

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  9. What a beautiful statue....and made even more beautiful by your heartfelt tribute. What a wonder to find roses blooming in winter...but even more wondrous is the light. Your heart must have been lifted beyond measure to see that. A true gift from above. Hugs ~Robin~

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  10. She is beautiful, and how special to find three roses blooming.

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  11. I enjoyed reading this. I do wish I lived in an area that had church open daily. That is one of things that fascinates me about your location.

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  12. I am happy you find such comfort in your faith. I am a little envious. I was raised Catholic and attended parochial school for 8 years, but I lack your faith.
    The roses are a beautiful tribute to Mary.

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  13. I look long at those three roses in Mary's hand... What a beautiful gift.

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  14. Roses in the middle of Winter are most precious. I love how you nestled those roses in Mary's hands. The ring of berries around her feet looks perfect.
    Blessings, GM

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  15. I like reading how you feel so much comfort thru Mary's eyes!

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  16. What a lovely post and such peace there...those roses are especially beautiful. And the little lights are extra special. Thank you for sharing Mary's beauty with us today. I am feeling very blessed by this.

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  17. The statue is beautiful and especially with the roses.

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  18. Such a lovely statue and the roses are beautiful!

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  19. The roses fit perfectly in her prayerful hands! So beautiful!

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