REFLECTIONS ON MARY FOR THE MONTH OF MAY
In 1965, Pope Paul VI published an encyclical, Mense Maio (“The Month of May”), on prayers during May for the preservation of world peace. In part, the encyclical detailed the Church’s special devotion to Mary during May.
“The month of May is ... a month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. Our heart rejoices at the thought of the moving tribute of faith and love which will soon be paid to the Queen of Heaven in every corner of the earth. For this is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God’s merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother’s throne.”
Mary teaches us to always look to Jesus. Her last words in the Gospels, at the wedding at Cana, should be the first words that define how we live: “Do whatever he tells you.”Mary teaches us to be open to what Jesus wants to do in our lives. She welcomed Jesus into her life and gave him to the world. We, too, should be ready always to bring the gift of Jesus to others.
So in this month of Mary, as we pray for one another, let’s all try to take some practical steps to deepen our devotion to Mary. Maybe that means praying the Rosary with more devotion and affection. Maybe it means saying a special Marian prayer, like the Memorare or the Angelus. Let us ask Mary’s intercession to help us love her as Jesus loved her, and dedicate ourselves to sharing our lives generously with others — as our Blessed Mother did. And in these trying times, let’s ask the Virgin Mary to be more and more a mother to us.
MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH......... ..PRAY FOR US
MARY, PROTECTOR US OF THE AMERICAS...PRAY FOR US
BLESSED VIRGIN, MOTHER OF VICTORY... .PRAY FOR US
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY......................PRAY FOR US
ST JOSEPH, TOO
St. Joseph – We need his intercession! Bishop Callahan is inviting all to celebrate a “Year of St. Joseph” in the Diocese of La Crosse beginning May 1, 2020 on the Feast of St. Joseph the Workman. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX’s decree naming St. Joseph Patron and Protector of the Universal Church. Bishop Callahan will open this important “Year” with Mass live-streamed from the Cathedral at 12 noon.
Why is it so important that we turn to St. Joseph for his help during these very difficult times? Four of St. Joseph’s numerous titles provide a brief sampling of the importance of St. Joseph as our spiritual father.
As Head of the Holy Family, you can ask for his protection and safety for each member of your family.
As Comfort of the Afflicted, you can turn to him for comfort through the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Hope of the Sick, you can turn to him for hope if you or someone you know is sick.
As Patron of the Dying, you can entrust those who are dying to him, as St. Joseph died a happy death gazing upon Jesus and resting in the arms of Mary. God desires that each one of us die a happy death, similar to that of St. Joseph.