MAY, THE MONTH OF MARY (MAY 29) – QUEEN MARY
Our Lady is Queen. His Son Jesus, Creator of all things, filled Her with so much might and sweetness to exceed that of all creatures.
The Virgin Mary resembles a flower, from which the bees can draw immense sweetness and it will remain full even if one continuously draws out. Our Lady can obtain for everyone graces and favors and will always abounds much graces. She is intimately united to Jesus, the ocean of all good, and is constituted the universal dispenser of the divine treasures. She is full of graces, for herself and for others. St. Elizabeth, when she had the honor of receiving the visit of her cousin Mary, exclaimed upon hearing Her voice: “And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Our Lady said: ” My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”(St. Luke, 1, 46).
The Virgin, filled with the Holy Spirit, sang the praises of God in the Magnificat and at the same time proclaimed Her greatness in the presence of humanity.
Mary is great and all the titles that the Church attributes to her, they fully compete to Her.
In recent times the Pope has instituted the feast of the Queenship of Mary. In his Papal Bull, Pius XII says: “Mary was preserved from the corruption of the sepulcher and, having conquered death much like Her Son, She was raised body and soul to the glory of heaven, where. As Queen shines brightly at the right hand of Her Son, the immortal King of the centuries. We therefore want to exalt Her regality with the legitimate pride of Her children and recognize Her as due to the supreme excellence of Her whole being, O sweet and true Mother of Him, who is King by right, by inheritance and by conquest … Reign, o Mary, on the Church, who professes and celebrates your sweet dominion and recurs to you as a safe refuge in the midst of the calamities of our times … Reign on our intelligences, so that they may seek only what is true; on our wills, that they may follow the good; on our hearts, that they may love only what You yourself love “(Pius XII).
Let us therefore encircle the Most Holy Virgin! Hail, o Queen! Hail, Sovereign of the Angels! Rejoice, O Queen of the heavens! Glorious Queen of the world, intercede for us before our Lord!
The Madonna is known as Queen not only by the faithful, but also by the infidels. In the Missions, where Her devotion penetrates, the light of the Gospel increases and those who first groaned under the slavery of Satan, enjoy proclaiming Her their Queen. To make Her way into the hearts of the infidels, the Virgin works continuously wonders, demonstrating Her heavenly sovereignty.
The following fact is read in the annals of the Propagation of the Faith (No. 169). Once a young Chinese man had converted and, as a sign of his faith, he had brought home a rosary crown and a medal of our Lady. His mother, still much attached to paganism, became angry at her son’s sudden change and treated him badly.
But one day the woman became seriously ill; she was inspired to take the crown of her son, which she had taken away and hidden from her son and decided to put it around her neck. She fell asleep like so; She rested peacefully and, when she woke up, she felt already healed. Knowing that a friend of hers, also a pagan, was ill and was in danger of dying, went to visit her, placed the crown of the Madonna around her friend’s neck and immediately the healing took place. Her friend, grateful for the healing, decided to learn about the Catholic Religion and eventually received baptism, while the first did not still resolve to leave paganism.
The community of the Mission prayed for the conversion of this woman and the Virgin triumphed; the prayers of the already converted son contributed greatly for the conversion of her mother.
The poor obstinate woman fell seriously ill again and tried to heal herself by putting the rosary beads around her neck, but this time promising to receive baptism if she recovered. Eventually, she recovered perfect health and with joy of the faithful she then solemnly received baptism.
Her conversion was followed by many others, in the holy name of the Madonna.
A Little Spiritual Flower Offering to our Lady:
– Flee from vanity in speaking and in dressing and learn to love humility and modesty.
Prayer to Mary:
– O God, we are dust and ashes! How can I live in vanity?
Adapted and Translated from:
MARIA REGINA E MADRE DI MISERICORDIA (Mese di Maggio) – by DON GIUSEPPE TOMASELLI