If you were raised Catholic, you were sure to hear a great deal about Mary, the Mother of God, throughout May. This is due to the fact that we, as a Church, venerate our Lady during the month of May in particular.
A popular custom is the May crowning. Here a procession is made in some form or other to a statue of the Blessed Mother which is then crowned, usually with flowers, amidst song and prayer. It is a peaceful ceremony that takes place within both the home and the church. If you are unsure as to why this is done, or if you are confused by the many devotions made to the Blessed Mother during May, it is important to remember her life and her holiness.
It was her “yes” to God that changed the course of human history. It was her obedience to God in all things that brought about the incarnation of the Messiah and the salvation of the world. Words cannot accurately describe the importance of these events.
The only words that often come to mind when meditating on these things are “thank you.” The mere contemplation of the life of Mary and what would result from it merit much more than this, but what else can we say? The devotions made to the Blessed Mother Mary during this month can be seen as our kind efforts to show gratitude to our Heavenly Mother. Personally, I have been aided by the Blessed Mother more times than I can count. Often it has been during times of great trouble and fear. She has never let me down. For this I am eternally grateful. I assure you that in times of trouble, Mary will hear your prayer. She wants to be here for you and for others just as her Son does.
Many saints have held Mary close to their hearts. St. John Bosco often prayed to the Blessed Mother under the title of Mary, Help of Christians. Reflecting upon the loving mystery that is Mary, this seems a most apt name for her. She is our help. She seeks to help us on our journey to God by bringing us closer to her Son and our Lord.
Trust that Mary cares for you and is ready to intercede for you, should you ask. I hope you will take some time during this month to think about the Blessed Mother and what she means to you.
If you have found it hard to pray as of late, do not be discouraged. A quote of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta regarding Mary might be particularly helpful.
“If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon our Lady. Just say this simple prayer: ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.’ I must admit, this prayer has never failed me.”
It could never hurt to sit down and talk with Mary. She is waiting for you and wants to show you the path to God. Ask her to help you search your heart for what it is you truly desire at this moment.
While the end of the semester may be very stressful, keep on going and keep the Blessed Mother close to you. She will help you through any trial.
“As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.”– St. Thomas Aquinas.