I love the month of May! In this month, we celebrate our mothers, for all the ways that they have shown us selfless love and mercy. The Church, too, honors its mother, as it designates the month of May to Our Blessed Lady: where all Christians are given the opportunity to offer up to Mary fervent and heartfelt homage of prayer and veneration. It is said that the benefits of God’s mercy come down to us from the Queen of Heaven’s throne in greater abundance in the month of May, more than any other time of the liturgical year.

Our Blessed Lady is such a gracious, generous, and merciful mother. Mary knows our struggles, sorrows, pain and fears. She too experienced the cares and hardships of earthly life, the weariness of daily work, and the hardships and problems that arise from poverty, as well as, immense suffering with the sorrows that Calvary brought. This is why God has appointed Mary, most holy, as the generous steward of His merciful gifts.

We are asked in this month to put particular emphasis on the repeated recitation of the Rosary. This prayer is so pleasing to Our Lady and most effectively complies with our divine Lord’s command:

“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.”

Mt.7:7 The Rosary is a place to be with Mary, as she helps us contemplate the face of her son, to love Jesus as she does, as if we were looking with her eyes, mind, and heart. St. John Paul II once said that the Rosary does something to the soul. “The Rosary mystically transports us to Mary’s side as she is busy watching over the human growth of Christ in the home of Nazareth. This enables her to train us and to mold us with the same care.” Pope after Pope, have told us how efficacious, and important it is to pray and ponder the mysteries of the Rosary in our hearts. When we meditate on the life of Christ in the mysteries with faith, hope, and love, the divine power of Jesus reaches out to us, just as if we were encountering Him in faith during his earthly life. Happy Mother’s Day!