It’s finally here – Spring has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, albeit a bit late. With the same joy we welcome the new season, Catholics also look forward to May – Mary’s month – when the Catholic Church devotes not just a day, but an entire month to honoring our Blessed Mother. Although we honor Mary daily within our faith, the Catholic Church tradition of devoting an entire month to her dates back to the Ancient Greeks.
Franciscan Media is offering a weekly series to help us in our special Marian month celebration entitled “Mondays With Mary.” In the first blog, the author notes: “She may be the most famous woman who ever lived, and yet there is surprisingly little in the New Testament about her. Mary is featured only in a few Gospel scenes and the first Chapter of Acts. Nevertheless, these Marian passages, arranged in a plausible chronological order, illustrate how quickly devotion for the Virgin Mary developed over the centuries.” In summary, the first week covers an analysis of Mary and references to her in each Gospel.
Pope Paul VI wrote of her: “Mary is held up as an example to the faithful for the way in which in her own particular life she fully and responsibly accepted the word of God and did it….She is worthy of imitation because she was the first and most perfect of Christ’s disciples.”
To review the first of the four-part series, please Click here.