Thursday, December 8, 2016

Day Eight of Twelve days with Mary

I am the Immaculate Conception

A blessed celebration of the Immaculate Conception to you.

Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

Yesterday on the eve of the Immaculate Conception
I shared the story of Anna's Annunciation and
 how Anna and Joachim Immaculately conceived
the Blessed Mary.

At the grotto in Lourdes the miraculous and powerful
archetypal story plays out.
Mary says to Bernadette : 'I Am the Immaculate Conception' 

St Bernadette in Lourdes shrine

We are told that Bernadette grew up poor 
and almost destitute. Along with her family
she lived in squalor and in the extreme weather
conditions of Lourdes which is on the slopes of the Alps.
She had to scavenge for
fire wood and food on the rubbish heap 
of the village. She also took care of the few
sheep that the family owned. 

To mind comes the image of the serving girl 
in fairy tales. One thinks of Cinderella who had
to clean and keep house for her step mother and
step sisters. Until her life is transformed 
by the visitation of the fairy godmother
and she eventually is recognized for who she is.

I am the Immaculate Conception shrine

After the Lady in shimmering white had appeared
to the young Bernadette, her life had changed forever.
But she was persecuted and ridiculed for her visions
and messages. She was put into jail and put through rigorous
interrogation. Despite all of these hardships she continued
to turn up for her meetings with the Lady,
and she continued to deliver her messages.
She followed her instructions and dug a hole
where water had never sprung before.

Bernadette surrendered her fear and became
a servant of her divine purpose and calling.
She could not have known then what an impact
she and the messages that she delivered, would have on the world.

The appearance of the Lady in White at Lourdes
and the miracles that she brought to those whom
were touched by her appearance, has the power to
transform our world. 
Belief systems and science
are refuted.

The impossible now becomes possible.
The world changes from a dark place abandoned
by the Divine Mother, to a living spring with healing waters
available for all to partake from.

Twelve Days with Mary
celebrating Mother Love
linking up with Recuerda mi Corazon 


  1. Your telling of Bernadette's story is truly inspiring and heartwarming.

  2. Exquisite. I know these images are part of your Mary Tarot deck. The way you create them to photograph is very inspirational. Your story of Bernadette really stirred a memory in me. My late sister Donna took me to see The Song of Bernadette when it was released in 1943. I hadn't been exposed to anything "Catholic" at that point and I was so deeply moved by Jennifer Jones's portrayal of Bernadette. It was a life changing event for me. I would have been six years old. Thanks so much.

  3. Each of these images is powerfully poetic in its own way.

  4. you continue to inspire with your work and writings. today this is the gift that spoke straight to my heart "Bernadette surrendered her fear and became
    a servant of her divine purpose and calling." may we all discover the inner callings of our purest souls and rise above all fear to follow.


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