Honoring Mary

In our Catholic Tradition during the month of May, we honor Mary the mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is, after all, our mother in the order of grace. The prayer which is often associated with Catholicism and the Mother of God is the “Hail Mary.” It has its’ roots too in the Sacred Scriptures. “Hail (Mary) full of grace. The Lord is with you.” (Lk. 1:28) comes from the greeting of the Angel Gabriel to Mary nine months before Jesus’ birth. The next line of the prayer, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, (Jesus),” comes from the mouth of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, when Mary went to help Elizabeth in her pregnancy. (Lk. 1: 42) The prayer concludes with a petition asking that Mary intercede for us now and at the hour of our death. We can ask Mary who is in heaven and fully alive to place our prayers before the throne of God.

Today at St. Mary’s Parish we will dedicate the new Crucifix hanging above the sanctuary. The image, “Mother under the Cross” finds its’ roots in a vision to Sr. Lucia of Fatima in 1929. She saw a cross with Christ’s blood dripping onto a host and then into the chalice. Our Lady of Fatima was beside the cross. This Sunday we will dedicate the Cross during Mass and the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the courtyard following Mass. Many fail to understand the full revelation of Fatima in the history of the Church and the World.

Remember the words of Mary at the wedding feast of Cana, “Do whatever he tells you.” If we draw close to the mother she will lead us to her son, our savior, Jesus Christ.

Blessings, Father Dooley

Questions: Do I see Mary leading me to her Son? When was the last time I prayed using the Rosary? How can I honor my mother in the order of grace? Have I considered doing a Marian Consecration?