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may 25Since the 13th century, the month of May has been traditionally dedicated in a special way to honoring and seeking the intercession of Mary as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church.

In his poem The May Magnificat, Gerard Manley Hopkins begins by asking why this is so? 

May is Mary’s month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why:
Her feasts follow reason,
Dated due to season—

Candlemas, Lady Day;
But the Lady Month, May,
Why fasten that upon her,
With a feasting in her honour?

You can click here to read the entire poem.

He reflects that May is the month when nature’s beauty is at its height. Fecundity is everywhere; in the lushness of the greens, the beauty of the flowers and the new life in many species. All this reflects Mary’s gift to the world in her ‘YES’ to the incarnation of Christ, the second person of the Blessed Trinity in her womb.

The last day of May, the 31st, celebrates the feast of the Visitation, which commemorates the pregnant Mary’s visit to her pregnant cousin Elizabeth during which she sings her ‘Magnificat’ celebrating God’s mercy, strength, and care for those on the margins. As we enjoy this new spring weather, let us to sing with Mary in praise of Christ’s Incarnation in all of creation.

Sister Rosemary Fry

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