May 5, 2019- A View from the Rectory Window

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe

The view from the rectory window is never more glorious than in May when nature springs [pardon the pun] into life. Of particular beauty is the Shrine to Our Blessed Mother outside my office window.

Here’s a favorite joke: Jesus is taking one of his customary tours around heaven with Saint Peter and notices a few faces who don’t belong and who should clearly be someplace a bit warmer. “What are these people doing here?” Christ asks Peter, who sighs and shrugs and shakes his head in exasperation. “What can I do?” Peter says. “They come to the front door and I turn them away, and then they just go around to the side door, and your mother lets them in.”

That’s Mary. The mother waiting at the door, always willing to let us back in when we’ve been away—forever patient, forever listening, forever untying her apron to dry our tears or take our hand and lead us gently back to her son.

“To Jesus, through Mary,” an old saying goes. Who would not want to make that kind of a journey? As our children conclude another academic year in their CCD program, I believe it is most fitting that we conclude this part of their (and our) journey with our May Crowning. This is a time when we have a chance to reflect on our life’s journey, and on Mary’s meaning in our own lives and in our faith because May is the month of Mary.

During the month of May, in almost every corner of Catholicism, we hold May processions, and recite the Rosary, and pay tribute to the Mother of God, and the Mother of us all. And, in the cycle of the seasons, it only seems natural that May would be the month of the Blessed Mother. It is a time when spring is at its fullest, when the days have lengthened and brightened and the earth begins to push forth new life. What better time to honor and celebrate the woman who brought the very Source of new life to us all.

Saint Max Louis Marie de Montfort, whose personal piety and devotion to Mary still inspires the world, put it simply: “We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor His Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor Him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek—Jesus, her Son.” Which is why so many of us find ourselves ultimately at salvation’s back door—turning to the one we know will never turn us away. After all, as St. Thérèse of Lisieux put it, she is more Mother than Queen. This month, in particular, we remember her as both Mother and Queen—with gratitude, and with boundless love.

I invite you to join us, and in particular, our young women and men who have just made their First Holy Communion for our May Crowning, following the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, May 5,.

Fr. Pete