Rejoice! It’s 1 May and the beginning of the Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Rejoice! It’s 1 May and the beginning of the Month of the Blessed Virgin Marymay the month of the blessed virgin mary - 1 may 2018

“God wills that all his gifts should come to us through Mary” 

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Mellifluous Doctor

It was in Rome, towards the end of the eighteenth century, one fine evening in May.   A child of the poor gathered his companions around him and led them to a statue of Mary, before which a lamp was burning, as is the custom in that holy city.   There, these fresh young voices sang the Litany of our Lady.   The next day, the little group, followed by other children, again gathered at the feet of the Mother of God.   Next came their mothers, to join the little assembly.   Soon, other groups were formed and the devotion rapidly became popular.   Holy souls, troubled by the disorderly conduct which always increases and becomes graver at the return of the pleasant springtime, saw in these growing practices the hand of God and they co-operated with the designs of Providence by approving and promoting this new devotion, as a public and solemn act of reparation. The Month of Mary was founded! … A Carthusian, A Month with Mary, London: Burns and Oates, 1950.

“This is the month in which, in the churches and individual homes, the most affectionate and fervent homage of prayers and devotions from the hearts of Christians are raised to Mary.  It is also the month in which from His throne, descend upon us, the most generous and abundant gifts of the Divine Mercy.” … Blessed Pope Paul VI, The Month of Mary,1967

In our own times, we Catholics, wanting to be close to her always, offer her special presents in May:  pilgrimages, visits to churches dedicated to her, little sacrifices in her honour, extra Devotions in her honour, floral ‘Crownings’, periods of study and well-finished work offered up to her and a more attentive recitation of the Marian Litanies and the Holy Rosary.

Opening Hymn from the Little Office of Mary

O Mary of all women, 
You are the chosen one,
Who, ancient prophets promised, 
Would bear God’s only Son;
All Hebrew generations 
Prepared the way to thee,
That in your womb the God-man, 
Might come to set us free.

O Mary, you embody 
all God taught to our race,
For you are first and foremost 
In fullness of His grace;
We praise this wondrous honour 
That you gave birth to Him,
Who from you took humanity 
And saved us from our sin.opening hymn from the little office of mary - of mary, of all women - 1 may 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 26 September – The Memorial of Blessed Pope Paul VI

One Minute Reflection – 26 September – The Memorial of Blessed Pope Paul VI

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”…Acts 1:8

REFLECTION – ” But above all, we place our unshakable confidence in the Holy Spirit, the soul of the Church and in theological faith upon which rests the life of the Mystical Body.”….Blessed Pope Paul VI (SOLEMNI HAC LITURGIA – (CREDO OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD) 30 June 1968but above all, we place our unshakeable confidence, bl pope paul VI - 26 sept 2017

PRAYER – Holy God, through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son in union with the Holy Spirit, with Mary Mother of the Church, St Joseph her spouse, the communion of Saints, we pray, be with us, lead us, guide us, never leave us.   Blessed Pope Paul VI, today we pray to you to make our special intention, that you will constantly pray for the beloved Church of Christ, His Mystical Body, for us all, pope paul VI - pray for us

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One Minute Reflection – 3 June

One Minute Reflection – 3 June

If you are reviled for the name of Christ,
you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory
and of God rests upon you……1 Peter 4:14

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REFLECTION – “The African martyrs add another page to the Church’s roll of honour – an occasion both of mourning and of joy. These African martyrs herald the dawn of a new age. If only the mind of man might be directed not toward persecutions and religious conflicts but toward a rebirth of Christianity and civilization! Africa has been washed by the blood of these latest martyrs and first of this new age (and, God willing, let them be the last, although such a holocaust is precious indeed). Africa is reborn free and independent. – Blessed Pope Paul VI from the homily at the canonisation of Saint Charles Lwanga and companions.

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, give us the strength and the courage and fill us with Your Holy Spirit that we may always be faithful to Your Son and His way of the Cross. Blessed and holy Martyrs of Uganda, you St Charles Lwanga and your young companions, are a light to us all! Please pray for us, amen.

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