My Mother’s Rosebuds
What mother doesn’t love her children running up to give her armfuls of roses? I can’t think of one! Every mother has a deep-set love for her children, whether she acknowledges it or not. When a small child finds a new rose, and brings it to his mother, her maternal heart is moved with love.
The mother of God is no different. When her children bring her roses, she is moved with love for them. What do these roses look like? And how do we find them?
It’s quite simple, really. This is what Our Lady’s rosebuds look like:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus! Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
What does Our Lady do when she receives a few of these rosebuds?
Well you see, with an earthly mother receives roses, she takes them with love, and puts them in a vase with water. The vase so everyone can enjoy their beauty, and the water so they will last as long as possible.
Our Lady does much the same. She takes them with great love, and places them before the throne of her Son, the King of Kings, for the entire Court of Heaven to see and enjoy. And because these rosebuds are in our Eternal Home, they need no water. They will blossom before the feet of Our Lord, and will stay forever fresh, new, and beautiful.
With what joy will Our Lady welcome a child who, during his life on earth, sent her many of these rosebuds!
She will take your hand, and lead you to the feet of her Son. “Look,” she says gently, pointing at the roses at Our Lord’s feet, “I put them there, just for you, when you sent them to me. See how they have blossomed! See their beauty! I love them so!”
You glance up to Our Lord, to see what He thinks, and His smile is more radiant than the sun.
“Their beauty is so pleasing to Me. Welcome Home! I’ve been waiting for you.”