Steven Chaikin (n.d.), “Virgin Mary with Crown of Flowers and Child Jesus”
It has been a long standing Catholic tradition to honor the Virgin Mary in a special way all this month. Personally, I am praying four rosaries daily making sure to do each mystery (Sorrowful, Joyful, Glorious, and Luminous). I can just see one person I know eye’s rolling at my choice because the rosary takes about 17 minutes to pray which makes this a commitment of 68 minutes. She has a different approach to prayer than I do.This is what fits me; I’ll tell you why. Shortly before the end of April the idea came to me in prayer, but I did not act of it because it sounded like a lot. On May 1st while watching mass they talked about the consecration of the U.S. and Canada to Mary and the idea of praying these rosaries came to mind again. I have a desire to meditate on scripture and this would be a ideal way. Finally, I believe God wants me to work on developing more discipline (detachment). I have become increasing aware that there are areas in my life that are failing due to doing what I want over what I need to do. I encourage you to do something that fits you personally even in the tiniest of ways or time because it is not the time spent doing anything for God but the heartfelt intention that I believe really counts with God.
Here are some ideas from Felelon (2020) who describes her lifelong practice of honoring Mary in May as natural and essential as her morning coffee and far, far, more joy-filled:
1. Organize a special devotion each day in May to honor her
2. Echo the traditions of the church by erecting an altar with a statue or picture of Mary in your home
3. If you haven’t already erect a prayer corner in your home and during May put something that represents Mary in it.
4. Crown Mary. Give her an actual or spiritual crown by making a subtle gesture or ornate ceremony of your own device.
PRAY THE ROSARY LINKS
Glorious Mysteries (Sun. & Wed.):
Joyful Mysteries (Sat. & Mon.):
Sorrowful Mysteries (Tue. & Fri.):
Luminous Mysteries (Thursday):
I appreciate your ideas or encouraging comments; thank you for reading my blog!
Chaikin, S. (n.d.) Virgin Mary with crown of flowers and child Jesus. [Picture]. Retrieved from https://i.pinimg.com/originals
Fenelon, M. (2020, May 1). Why is May the month of Mary? Retrieved from https://www.ncregister.com/blo