Mary’s month

It’s May!  Time to celebrate Mary!

When I was in Catholic elementary school, May was a big month.  We made Kleenex box shrines to Mary and brought in flowers for the annual May Procession.  The bulletin boards in the classrooms began to take on a decidedly Marian flavor.   This is what happens when your school is run by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: the BVM is a Very Big Deal.

I loved it all.  Even in my college years and early twenties, when I was deliberately shedding my Catholic skin, I always looked back on those Marian celebrations with a huge sense of nostalgia and affection.   They were beautiful and light-hearted and lovely.   And those positive memories played a crucial role in bringing me back to Catholicism over ten years ago.

Part of me wishes I were still that kid, honoring Mary by bringing a flower from the backyard to put at her feet.  But now I can honor her on this blog:  a little cyber-shrine, a way to share Mary with others.

The technology may be new, but the message is the same: Mary is a gift worth celebrating.  Always has been; always will be.

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