Amidst all the regular devotions to which I am… devoted(?) I almost overlooked a big one.
The month of May has traditionally been dedicated to the Blessed Mother.
Parishes had May Crownings. Trad parishes still do and, thankfully, a number of NO parishes also have revived this custom.
What a beautiful thing for us to teach our children and for us to learn from as well!
Crowning an image of the Blessed Mother is a great symbol of our love for her. Another great act of devotion for Our Blessed Lady is the prayerful recitation of the rosary – Our Lady’s Psalter. If you are not in the habit of praying the rosary, please, I beg of you, build the habit. I have heard it said that no man who truly prays the rosary every day will end up in hell. I would ask, “How could a man who is truly devoted to the Woman who is our model in all virtues ever not come to the joys of eternal life?” It seems a no-brainer.
So this month, this lovely month of May, make time for Our Blessed Mother. Spend a few moments extra each day meditating on the mysteries of the rosary. Meditate on her perfect humility. The devil hates that. He cannot stand her because her humility is the antithesis of his pride. When she is near to you, he will flee. Form the simple devotion of praying three Hail Mary’s first thing in the morning and last thing at night (and frequently throughout the day), imploring, “Oh my Mother, preserve me from mortal sin during this day!” at the end.
Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!