Mary, Our Mother, the First Steward

May is a month when we get special opportunities to celebrate our mothers and the memory of our mothers. We also celebrate Mary, mother of all Catholics.

Mary, the first disciple of Christ, heard the call of the Lord to give of herself in a way few could ever imagine. Mary was given so many good gifts as a young person. When asked to return to the Lord some of these gifts: a loving nature, a kind manner, patience, forbearance, and unselfishness, she responded, “yes”.

Certainly Mary could have claimed that she did not have the time, or the talents to become a mother. She probably felt her financial resources were insufficient to welcome a child into her life. Yet, she put her faith in God, knowing the joy she would know by doing so. Her stewardship continued to the foot of the Cross where she continued to followed in faith. She gave to God, in prayer and service, without counting the cost. This way of life is what she models for all of us.

Prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary in May are especially devotional.

O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored they help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.