Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May, A Month to Honor Mary

by M. J. Joachim

Let the music play in the background as we begin blogging in the month of May. May is traditionally considered Mary’s month in the Catholic faith. It is a month to honor her and focus on her demeanor and role in our lives. May first (or sometime during the first week of May) often hosts a grand celebration in Mary’s honor, complete with a May crowning where Catholics place wreaths of flowers on a statue of Mary, symbolizing her role as Queen in our faith.

Catholics do not worship Mary. That is a myth, misunderstanding and flat out lie some people use to slander our beliefs. We honor, respect, revere and acknowledge Mary for the role she plays in our salvation. (Think of Princess Diana, if you will. Some 15+ years after her death people still remember her fondly and speak of the great things she did while she was alive. Consider Mother Teresa too. Her work continues everyday throughout the world, though she also passed on some 15+ years ago.)

Out of all the women in the entire world from the beginning of time, no one else was chosen and offered to carry Jesus in her womb. No one else bore the Son of God or can claim to be the Immaculate Conception. No one else is the Father’s daughter, Spirit’s spouse or Son’s mother.

Catholics prioritize Mary’s role in the history of the world as one of great significance that only she fulfilled. She didn’t do it because she had to either. Mary was summoned, but she didn’t have to say yes. God did not take away her free will in the process of offering such a gift.

It is appropriate therefore that Being Catholic participate in the Random Acts of Kindness Blogfest this month. As a catholic I have an opportunity to work with many other bloggers promoting kindness in our world, something I do in honor of Mary and God’s generosity in my own life. Please see margin and page tabs at top of blog for more information and to join this blogfest.

Thank you for visiting Being Catholic.

M. J.

Photo credit:  L’Assomption de la Vierge, Tizian (1490 – 1576), Public Domain – Yorck Project
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