31 Days With Mary: Day 18

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Mary: Co-Redemptrix

Having suffered for the Church, Mary deserved to become the Mother of all the disciples of her Son, the Mother of their unity…In fact Mary’s role as Co-Redemptrix did not cease with the glorification of her Son.” –Pope John Paul II

Offering: Hidden sacrifices in honor of the wounds of Christ and Mary’s participation in His suffering.

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(P.S. The Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost starts today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 17

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Mary: Our Sorrowing Mother

“From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!” –Pope John Paul II

Offering: Mortification of the senses; for example, not complaining about an inconvenience or keeping quiet about a physical or mental pain and uniting the mortification, with Mary, to her son, Jesus.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 16

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Mary: at the Foot of the Cross

“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”–John 19:26-27

“When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.” John 19:30

Offering: A sincere Act of Contrition said with true sorrow and devotion.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 15

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Mary: at the Wedding Feast in Cana

“When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus [Mary] said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servers, ‘Do whatever He tells you.'” –John 2:3-5

Offering: Prompt obedience, especially when called to do an acto of service.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 14

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Mary: Losing and Finding the child Jesus

“The Mother of God, who looked for her Son so anxiously when he was lost (through no fault of her own) and experienced such great joy in finding him, will help us retrace our steps and put right whatever may be necessary when, because of our carelessness or our sins, we have been unable to recognize Christ. With her help, we willl know the happiness of holding him in our arms once more and telling him we will never lose him again.” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: A thorough, sincere confession of our sins and faults in the Sacrament of Reconcilliation.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 12

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Mary: Flight to Egypt

“Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son,'” -Matthew 2: 14-15

Offering:  a dontation of food or clothes for someone in need.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 11

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Mary: Visit of the Magi

“They [the Magi] were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, franincense, and myrrh.” -Matthew 2: 10-11

Offering: A visit to a shut-in or someone in need.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 3

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Mary and the Blessed Trinity

“Through the Incarnation of our Lord, in her immaculate womb, Mary, the daughter of God the Father, is also the spouse of God the Holy Spirit and the mother of God the Son.” – St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: A Hail Mary in honor of the Blessed Trinity as often as we can remember.

7 Ways to Honor the Blessed Mother in May

Did you know that May is traditionally the “Month of Mary” in the Catholic Church? Well, it is. 🙂

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Here are seven simple ways you can honor her his month:

1. Daily Mass.

The absolute best way to honor the Blessed Mother is to honor, love and worship her Son. If you can, try to make an extra effort to get to daily mass. If you can’t make it everyday, try to go a couple of times during the week.

2. Pray the Rosary.

The rosary is one of the most powerful prayer on earth. Try and pray the rosary every day. Pray as a family as often as you can.

3. May crowning.

If your parish (or a parish nearby) does a May crowning, do try to attend. Often there is a small procession and prayers but it isn’t usually too long. Still, it is a lovely way to show Mother Mary our love for her.

4. Pray a novena.

I found a beautiful prayer that you can say each day in the month of May. I usually do a daily devotional during the month of May. Even if you start the devotional late, it is still a lovely way to honor Our Lady. Remember, there is no time in eternity. 😉

5. Take a pilgrimage.

If there is a Marian shrine not too far from you, going for a visit or day of recollection would be a wonderful way to honor the Blessed Mother. Some shrines offer different Marian devotions during May that you could participate in if it fits your schedule as well.

6. Short aspirations.

As you go about your busy day, try to lift your heart up to the Lord and Our Lady and whisper a little prayer. Any of the invocations of the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary would make excellent aspirations.

One thing I do to help me remember to do this is to put small “sticky” notes discretely around the house. When I see them it reminds me to say a short prayer.

7. May flowers.

If you have a statue of the Blessed Mother at home, why not put some flowers at her feet? It’s a sweet way to honor Our Lady and let her know you are thinking of her.

What are your suggestions to help us honor Our Lady in May? Do share your suggestions and thoughts in the comment box!

Prayer for Theologians

Today (Friday) is the memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, theologian and doctor of the church.  Known as the “Dumb Ox” as a youth (because he was a large boy, who rarely spoke), he was in fact, brilliant. As a Dominican, he taught, wrote and preached much about our faith and is considered the greatest theologian and philosopher. You can learn more about him here, here and here.

Through the intercession of Saint Thomas, we should pray much for our modern day theologians. What they write can, and many times does, influence many others to draw toward or away from Our Lord. Strangely, many theologians get so caught up with the intellectual aspect of the the bible and other tenants of Church teaching, they lose sight of what is most important: strengthening their (and our) relationship with God and growing more in love with Him.

As our theologians seek to “open the secret” meaning behind the scriptures and Church teaching, let us pray that their intellectual pursuits will bring them in closer union with Our Lord, and not away. Let us pray that through reading their writings and listening to their teachings, we may grow ever closer to Our Lord!

Here’s a prayer to Our Blessed Mother, patroness of theologians, written by St. Thomas Aquinas, who had a great devotion to Our Lady:

“O Mary, Mother of fair love, of fear, of knowledge, and of holy hope, by whose loving care and intercession many otherwise poor in intellect have wonderfully advanced in knowledge and holiness, I choose you as the guide and patroness of my studies; and I humbly implore, through the deep tenderness of your maternal love, and especially through the eternal Wisdom who deigned to take our flesh from you and who gifted you beyond all the saints with heavenly light, that you would obtain for me, by your intercession, the grace of the Holy Spirit that I may be able to grasp with strong intellect, retain in memory, proclaim by word and deed, and teach others all things which bring honor to you and to your Son, and which for me and for others are salutary for eternal life. Amen.”

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