It’s May! May is that month in which Spring is pretty much all there. March tends to be cold and rainy. April can be wishy-washy but there is just something about May. As Catholics, May is especially fun as May is commonly known as the Month of Mary in Catholic Culture.
I usually have grand plans for the whole month of May to honor our Blessed Mother… and those best laid plans go the way of Mice and Men. I think it’s because I tend to plan FAR TOO MUCH and then I get crazy overwhelmed and just say, eh forget it all. This year, rather than trying to do 5 Marian activities, we’re going to make it our goal for one or two!
This is one of the simplest ways to honor our Spiritual Mother. If you are like me and have a statue of Mary in your garden, make a simple crown of flowers to fit. If you are lacking a statue outside, there is no reason why you can’t do a crowning of the BVM inside! If you happen to have a statue of the Holy Family, you can crown Mary there or even simple hand-drawn flowers on a picture of Mary would work too!
We typically do this on Mother’s Day, after all, we set aside this day to honor our earthly mothers… why not our spiritual mother? We will usually say one decade of the Rosary (meditating on the Annunciation… after all if she hadn’t of said YES…) and finish with Madelines.
Visit a Retirement Home
This is not something that we have done in a while, but it fits in well with the Visitation, in which Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. Have your kids make cards and go visit a retirement home. Spending time with people who may not get many visitors is a great way to honor our Mother!
Ok, you might say this is a stretch, but a good spring cleaning is a great way to honor Mary. Stay with me here. Mary had to contend with many of the same things that we deal with, except she had the added piece of being mother to God on Earth. I will tell you that I can seriously start slacking on my housework which is a huge part of my vocation as a wife and mother. I am sure if Mary were around now, she would not be putzing around on Facebook. She would get her work done. So, open the windows, get the dust out and make your house sparkle!
Happy Birthday to the Church!
Pentecost can be considered the “birthday” of the Church. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended and gave man the ability to “go out to the world and preach the Gospel!” What better way to celebrate the birth of the church with Angel Food Cake and Strawberries!
Oftentimes, we Catholics are accused of idol-worshipping Mary and the Saints. Honoring someone and worshipping someone are two very different things. We honor one another each and everyday with our actions and those actions should be seen as outward signs of being followers of Christ.
And because it’s fun, here’s new printable for you!