Adult Faith Formation

May:  full  of  Grace   

 Time to honor Mothers, and Our  Heavenly  Mother

(from National Catholic Register: https://www.ncregister.com/blog/why-is-may-the-month-of-mary)

For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of Mary to honor Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May, mind you, but the entire month. The custom spans both centuries and cultures, with roots going back as far as the Ancient Greeks. In early Greece, May was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fertility. In Ancient Rome, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of blooms, or blossoms. They celebrated ludi florals, or floral games, at the end of April and asked the intercession of Flora for all that blooms.

In medieval times, similar customs abounded, all centering around the practice of expelling winter, as May 1 was considered the start of new growth. The idea of a month dedicated specifically to Mary can be traced back to baroque times. Although it wasn’t always held during May," Mary Month" included thirty daily spiritual exercises honoring Mary.

It was in this era that Mary’s Month and May were combined, making May the Month of Mary with special devotions organized on each day throughout the month. This custom became especially widespread during the nineteenth century and remains in practice until today.

It’s a long-standing tradition to crown the statue of Mary during May – a custom known as May Crowning. Often, the crown is made of beautiful blossoms representing Mary’s beauty and virtue. It’s also a reminder to the faithful to strive to imitate our Blessed Mother’s virtue in our own lives.  For May, give Mary a special spot in your home or office's prayer corner. It can be a statue or picture, but place there some representation of our Blessed Mother. Make it  a real tribute to her strength of faith and trust in God.

Then, crown Mary! You can give her an actual, or spiritual crown, and you can make it a subtle gesture or ornate ceremony of your own device. The meaning is far more important than the action. You can do it in the beginning, at the end of May or anywhere in between.

May 1:  Feast of  St. Joseph the Worker:   St. Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar. The first is March 19—Joseph, the Husband of Mary. The second is May 1—Joseph, the Worker.

“Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God,” Pope John Paul II had once said.

We can see from his actions in scripture that Joseph was a compassionate man, and obedient to the will of God. He also loved Mary and Jesus and wanted to protect and provide for them.

With 2021 being the Year of St. Joseph, and May 1 the Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker, what a perfect time to learn a new prayer to one of our most powerful patrons. Around the turn of the 20th century, Pope St. Pius X composed this prayer : Prayer Before Work to St. Joseph the Worker

O Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor,

obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance for the expiation of my sins;                                      to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God;  to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, never shrinking from weariness and trials;  to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, keeping unceasingly before my eyes death and the account that I must give of time lost, talents unused, good omitted, and vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God.

All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thy example, O Patriarch, Saint Joseph.  Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death.      Amen.

Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus' public life, at his death, or resurrection, many historians believe Joseph had probably died before Jesus entered public ministry. Joseph is the patron of many things, including the universal Church, fathers, the dying and social justice.

Catholic Social Teaching Principle :  The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

The economy must serve people, not the other way around.  Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in Gods creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected--the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.

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https://catholicsaints.info/patron-saints-of-occupations/

 See Information for Patron Saints of many occupations, work situations, and geographic regions known for a specific kind of work.

Example: St. Amand, patron of bar tenders, brewers and hops growers.....

Born c.584 ,at Poitou, France- Died c. 679

His association with brewers and vintners and related fields comes from spending so much time preaching and teaching in beer-making and wine-making regions.

 

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