Do you know why the rose is Mary’s flower???

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patron-saint-of-smart-asses:

Because from Christ’s Crown of Thorns, Mary was able to bloom into the Queen of Heaven.

There was a little fairy tale I was told when I was young – every time you pray a Hail Mary, you’re giving Mary a rose.  Whenever you pray a Rosary, you’re actually weaving her a Crown of Roses.  

So I always pictured myself sitting with Mary in front of the place where whatever Mystery I was praying happened, and we’re watching the scene from the Bible play out while I’m threading de-thorned roses together.  At the end, Mary has her crown.

I wish the Luminous Mysteries were around when I was little, because I would have liked to imagine them as well, and they were actually images of Christ’s Ministry.