Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your Son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
From this moment, as our Savior prepared to hand over his life for us, Jesus gave us his mother to be our mother, our most powerful intercessor to him and our source of comfort in times of trials. Across time and geography, Our Lady has appeared to those who seek the Lord and those intentions entrusted to her have been granted by God. We call her by many titles. She is perhaps the most illustrated woman of all time, yet, the most humble and holy woman to walk the face of the earth.
How fitting it is that in this month of May during which we celebrate motherhood we also celebrate Mary’s month. As we honor moms for their selflessness, dedication and loving care of their families, let us think of the role our Blessed Mother and remember that as a mother cares for her child, she cares for us. St. John Paul II had a special devotion to Our Lady having lost his own mother at a young age. He is just but one example of a holy life lead under the prayerful protection of Mary, Our Mother.
Everyday this May, we will introduce #NOLACatholics to a new title of Our Lady. Amazingly, thirty-one days is not even enough to introduce all of her titles, but our prayer is that we may all come to know our Blessed Mother and recognize her as Jesus called us to from the cross, “behold your mother.”
So as the familiar strains of “O, Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today,” resound in Catholic Churches throughout the world, and everywhere wide-eyed children bring forward flowers picked from their yards or carefully selected with their own mothers, let us approach Mary, our mother, with that same innocence. As a child relies on his mother, let us bring to her, our greatest intercessor, our trials and cares as well as our joys so that she may bring them to Christ.