May is an incredibly busy month for us all. There are high school and college graduation ceremonies and spring weddings to attend. We also honor Mothers for all the tireless work they do for the family.
There are several saints to remember in the month of May too. St. Joseph the worker was placed on the calendar May 1st by Pius XII to challenge the Communist and their May 1st celebration. St. Athananius who fought against the Arian heresy is remembered. Apostles Phillip and James are remembered on May 3rd. St. Matthias, who was elected to replace Judasn and joined the other Apostles is honored in May. On May 15th we remember St. Isidore who is the patron saint for farmers. (I saw his tomb in a beautiful Chapel in Madrid Spain, and Yes, I said a prayer for you farmers). St. Bernardine of Siena, who preached greatly about the Holy Name of Jesus, even to the point of having “Jesus” written into the Hail Mary is remembered in May.
St. Philip Neri feast day is May 26th. He founded an Oratory group of priest where life was centered on spiritual readings, singing and works of charity. We conclude the month with the feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary which is the second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.
Congratulations all the families that have participated in our new religious education program “A Family of Faith.” This first year we looked to the Creed for teaching the children at home. Next year we will study the sacraments. Remember the motto, “Faith is caught in the home, it’s not taught at Church.”
QUESTIONS: Do I have a devotion to Mary, the Mother of God? Have I found comfort knowing that the Saints are praying for me? Do I try and step back when the month gets so busy? Is it important for me to hand on the faith to my children?