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On this lovely spring Sunday, we are reminded of Zelda Caldwell’s piece,Pope Francis Always Brings Mary Flowers, but Why?, in which she explores the widely followed practice of placing flowers in front of statues of the Blessed Mother. She interviewed Margaret Rose Realy, a Benedictine Oblate, who said:
“We hold out our symbol of gratitude, flowers from God’s gift of nature, and in our hearts respond love for love full circle. Sometimes I need the tactile and visual to connect with what is beyond my humanness, beyond our world. To offer an earthly gift that is beyond words and prayer. A child’s expression of gratefulness for a good mom, who wants only what’s best for our souls.”
If you are a regular Mass goer, then you have probably seen fresh flowers at Mary’s feet on Sunday, but if you don’t then perhaps you should ask yourself: