Month of Mary

May is the month of Mary.

As a woman and mother, I look to Mary so often for guidance. As the mother of Christ, she had a crucial role in His life. She was entrusted with the task of raising Him, with patience, love, and tender care. She knew what an enormous undertaking this would be, she consented to carry Him in her womb and raise Him, she was by His side at His crucifixion, and was there when He resurrected. She knew intense pain and sorrow, but also great joy. She followed God’s will and dedicated her life to Him, trusting Him even in difficult and dangerous times, even when her only Son was taken from her. And she was well rewarded for her complete faith and obedience to His will. 

I look to her as an example of perfect motherhood, womanhood, and as someone who surrendered to the unknown, trusting in His plans for her. In truth, these are all things I struggle with. I struggle with balancing motherhood, I struggle with discerning His will and following it even if it goes against my own desires, I struggle with surrendering to the unknown and trusting in Him. When I struggle with these things, I pray.

The rosary is my favorite prayer because it takes us through the life of Christ with Mary, where we meditate upon key events in their lives and recall the words from scripture she was greeted with by the angel Gabriel and her cousin Elizabeth during each Hail Mary. I lose myself in the Mysteries, and every time I pray the rosary I feel closer to Christ and His mother. I feel more at peace, as though I have a clearer focus and am able to see His hand in all things.

She is one of our most valuable guides in our faith, a mother to all who seek her. I love that we just had Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, and now begin the month of Our Lady.

To Christ through Mary

Statue of Mary at St. Clement Catholic Church in Chicago, IL.

Statue of Mary at St. Clement Catholic Church in Chicago, IL.