It’s May, the beautiful month in which we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in a special way. Devotion to Mary is very much a part of Catholic life, but people may not always feel a close connection with her. Yet as our spiritual mother, Mary is always ready to help us with whatever we need. From the cross, Jesus himself gave Mary to us as our mother. He told the beloved disciple, who represents all of us, “Behold, your mother!” (Jn 19:27). Here are three easy ways to reconnect with Mary and make her a part of your life.
1. Discover (or rediscover) the Rosary
The rosary combines simple vocal prayers with thinking about the lives of Jesus and Mary. Each decade offers one of these “mysteries” to consider while praying. It helps us ponder what Jesus did and taught in the Gospel. If you need a refresher course on how to pray the rosary, it is easy to find info online, or in the many booklets available. Blessed Pope John Paul called the rosary a “sweet chain linking us to God.”
2. Read and pray with some of the Gospel texts in which Mary appears.
Although they are few, they are very rich and show us how she acted toward God and others. In the Annunciation she freely accepted God’s invitation to become the mother of Jesus and turned her life over to the Lord (see Luke 1:26-38). At Cana she thought of the young couple’s dilemma and wanted to spare them any embarrassment (see John 2:1-12). After Jesus ascended into heaven, Mary prayed with the apostles and other disciples and was present when the Holy Spirit descended on them all (see Acts 1:14ff.).
3. Learn something about Mary
The Catholic Church not only has a rich teaching about Mary, but through the centuries Catholic writers have pondered who Mary is and what she means for us. She plays a great part in our spirituality, and countless books have been written about her. The University of Dayton has the Marian library, an incredible collection of books, papers, and artwork all on the subject of Mary. You can begin to investigate this at their website: www.udayton.edu/mary
If you make Mary a part of your spiritual life, you will find that she will lead you closer to Jesus, her Son and our Savior.
Sr. Marianne Lorraine, FSP
Daughter of St. Paul
On Sunday March 3rd, the Sisters will be at St. Albert the Great Church on Welsh Rd. in Huntingdon Valley, PA before and after the 10:00 AM Mass. Books and gifts especially for First Communion will be available.Read More
On Saturday, March 2nd the Daughters of St. Paul will hold a display at the Man Up Philly Catholic Men’s Conference in Northeast Philadelphia. The event will take place at Archbishop Ryan High School on Academy Rd.Read More
On Saturday, March 2nd the Daughters of St. Paul will
be present at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor, PA for the Archdiocesan Catechetical Conference.
On Saturday evening Feb. 23 the Daughters of St. Paul will have a display of books, Cd’s and DVD’s in St. Maria Goretti Church before and after the 5:00 PM evening Mass. The Sisters will be present with their display at all the Sunday Masses until after the noon Mass on Sunday.Read More
At 5:45 Friday Feb. 22, Sister Mary Peter Martin will speak on St. Paul in the chapel of St. Maria Goretti church, 1601 Derstine Rd., in Hatfield PA.
After Sister’s presentation the group will pray the Stations of the Cross with St. Paul.