May has traditionally been seen as Our Lady’s month. We have numerous hymns and prayers which refer to it in this way. It’s good for us to devote this time to contemplating the person of Mary.

Mary is the most perfect of all God’s creatures. She was conceived without sin and throughout her life was preserved from sin. Mary was prepared to listen to the Word and enabled the Word to become flesh. Mary always points the way to Christ. Mary stood at the foot of the Cross when nearly all others had fled. Mary rejoices in the resurrection and is present on the day of Pentecost. At the end of her earthly life Mary was assumed into heaven.

Mary has thus been seen as the first Christian. She hears, accepts and believes. She’s points and puts into practice. She allows God’s Spirit fully into her life.

It is therefore fitting that we honour her and seek to follow her example. But more than that we should love her as we love our own mothers because she is the mother of all who believe.

Mary has many titles. We could well spend some time thinking about those during May. It is good that we build a shrine for her in this month, and if possible hold a procession in her honour.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.

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