Happy 6th Sunday of Easter!
If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon our Lady, just say this simple prayer: ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.’ I must admit, this prayer has never failed me.
– Blessed Mother Teresa
Today many parishes will be honoring our Blessed Mother with a procession and crowning. This month of May we especially remember Mother Mary as the ultimate Apostle of Jesus Christ, who dedicated her life to our Lord Jesus Christ. In our Franciscan Family, we pray the Franciscan Crown Rosary, based on the 7 Joys of Mary. Following is the 7th Joy of Mary — appropriate for today’s crownings…
7. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin into Heaven and Her Coronation as Queen of Heaven
Hence the revered Mother of God, from all eternity joined in a hidden way with Jesus Christ in one and the same decree of predestination, immaculate in her conception, a most perfect virgin in her divine motherhood, the noble associate of the divine Redeemer who has won a complete triumph over sin and its consequences, finally obtained, as the supreme culmination of her privileges, that she should be preserved free from the corruption of the tomb and that, like her own Son, having overcome death, she might be taken up body and soul to the glory of heaven where, as Queen, she sits in splendor at the right hand of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages.
And so we may hope that those who meditate upon the glorious example Mary offers us may be more and more convinced of the value of a human life entirely devoted to carrying out the heavenly Father’s will and to bringing good to others. Thus, while the illusory teachings of materialism and the corruption of morals that follows from these teachings threaten to extinguish the light of virtue and to ruin the lives of men by exciting discord among them, in this magnificent way all may see clearly to what a lofty goal our bodies and souls are destined.
The Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus , 41. 42. Pope Pius XII
Crowning the Queen of May (St. Anthony Messenger/Franciscan Media)
May Crowning Reflection (Loyola Press)
Franciscan Crown Rosary (National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi)
Recipes & Garden ideas for May ~ Month Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic Cuisine)
The Great Big Sea – The Seven Joys of Mary (song from Newfoundland)