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Monday, May 01, 2006

The Most Beautiful Mother

I can hardly believe it is May already. The trees and flowers are all blooming. It is such a beautiful and peaceful time of year. No wonder it is the Month of May, that we crown the Most Beautiful of women, Our Blessed Mother. She flowers and blooms so much more than anything we could physically look at in the Spring. She is the Most lovely of all. Among this being the month dedicated to her, it is also that we are still rejoicing in her Son's resurrection as well. How much better can it be. Two beautiful hearts blooming at the same time. I find so much happiness in this month. Open your hearts and minds to Our Mother she will fill you with fragrance that will bring you a joy, that can come only from her Divine Son.
There are some beautiful hymns in her honor to listen to and I love the old ones from when I was a child, like Immaculate Mary, Sing of Mary etc. I enjoy listening to them while I am cleaning up and airing out the house in May. I also like to say the rosary more frequently and devote time to prayers and special devotions to her. I like to crown my statue of her and buy a single rose and keep it there beside her.
So as you are wandering out and about and you smell the fragrances of the beautiful trees and flowers and the fresh grass, remember Our Lady and find your peace in her Immaculate Heart this month.


At 8:46 PM, Blogger F.B. Jones said...

Greetings theophilus,

just a random blog visit.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger F.B. Jones said...

I will add you to the soft cheese factory blog roll if you would like.

At 11:02 PM, Blogger Ginny said...

Soft cheese Factory???

At 12:32 AM, Blogger Michael de Los Estados Unidos said...

Don't mind him, Ginny. I checked out his site, he has some pretty wierd categories for blogs that he has checked out. Even I don't understand what he tries to get at with the categories.

At 11:08 AM, Blogger F.B. Jones said...

Just random non-sense.
although the soft cheese factory is the only category that is weird the rest are pretty normal. At least by my standards.

I added your blog to the list so I can keep up with it.

At 12:35 AM, Blogger Stuckwidiot2 said...

I wish my pastor felt the same way as you do. It is sad when there is no concept of reverence for Our Lady. As a new convert to Roman Catholicism I was so grateful to know how meaningful she is, and how we are so fortunate to have her love and protection. I did not like the fact that she is a mere small metal wall hanging (on the Right, not the left side of the alter!) Of course, no Joseph either. We have a small Chapel that is only used for weekday morning masses, but there IS Our Lady and Joseph!! I had a traumatic miscarriage on my birthday (first year as a Catholic) and she got me through it- who else would know how much pain I was feeling? I begged one of the priests to let me into the Chapel and I stayed there until I stopped shaking. God blessed us with a beautiful little girl 14 months after that day. (almost exactly) I have turned to her many times since but that was when I really knew how important she is. A real mother to us all. Well, later, to my repulsion at Christmastime, they took her down and threw her into a closet behind the alter- (I saw it since my husband counts the money there) and I got sick. I was told that is was o.k. to do this since she was in the overboard nativity scene so why should I be concerned. I was shocked to see this cavalier attitude from a Pastor. Now we have a new Pastor and he thinks the same way. I have missed mass over this. I am so sad and pray for them since they must not realize what they are doing- not everyone loves her the same way.

At 7:27 AM, Blogger Ginny said...

I can completely understand what you are going through. We have had the same issuses, in fact just recently with the Blessed Virgin Mary. We asked our Pastor if she could stay in the sanctuary for just the month of May that we would provide the flowers for her and he denied it. He said that she would take away from The Risen Christ. The Blessed Mother would only be an attribute to Him. These Pastors (God Forgive me for the criticism) need to let folks be aware of their unity, and Her role in the church. If this is clear then there would be "No Problems" and people would understand.
I also know your pain of miscarriage (for I have been through this as well) She was there for me too. Any way the Blessed Mother was allowed for the May crowning and then she was put in the school. I believe although WE wanted her in the church, she must be needed by the school and I find peace with that.
She and Joseph deserve to be in the sanctuary, I totally agree (not In Closets!!) Unfortunately this is too commom and taking place in a lot of churches. I feel like it is the "interior decorating whim" of the pastors. DON'T !!! STOP !! going to Mass. Find another Mass. Please try to find a Traditional Mass if you haven't. Call your Archdiocese and travel if you have to. That is what I do. It is very much so worth it. You will find the peace you need there and mostly these masses are done in churches that are older and have respect for the statues and the place of the saints in the sanctuary and church. God Bless and keep me posted. I will pray for you

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Stuckwidiot2 said...

Thank you for your prayers. I am not able to go to another parish since my husband and head of the household will not allow it.
But, I agree with you that I should not miss Mass but it is so hard to overlook the lack of reverance and liturgical abuses,, I pray for discernment. I hope there is an answer. I can not recieve the Eucharist when I am angry, so I don't know what to do.

At 10:37 PM, Blogger Ginny said...

Is there a priest that you can trust to talk to?? If not in your parish I suggest you try and find any priest to talk to you to about this. This is a very serious issue. It sounds like your husband is aware of how you feel, maybe a good priest can help you both and if not help you. Don't give up until you find a priest that can help. Keep searching!! I know if I have to attend a Novus ordo Mass the only way I can get through it is to say the rosary and contemplate on the Passsion of Our Lord. I think your husband is being unreasonable and I understand your dilema. A good husband wants your spirituality to be utmost important. You can offer up your sufferings for yourself and him and pray he turns this around. He is doing your sole an injustice. I believe in respecting the role of Head of Household to the limit if he is truly deserving of it. Please seek help and keep praying, I will do the same. Keep me posted. God Bless both of you

At 5:25 PM, Blogger Stuckwidiot2 said...

You are a woman of God, thank you for your support and prayers. I will follow your suggestions and try to take my Rosary with me to Mass on Sunday (I say try since it "distracts him") and keep my heart foucused on Christ. I asked my husband last night if he would consider alternating parishes.
His response:
Do you think I'm going to tithe at 2 parishes?
St. *** was good enough for (1st wife who is with God now) and she was a saint, it should be good enough for you.
The priests are friends of mine at St. ** and Our daughter WILL be going to that school!!!

I guess that's that. I was sorry I asked and apologized to him for getting him so upset. I told him I understood his feelings and went to bed crying all night again.
Maybe this will take more time than I thought. But, in the meantime I am going to have to go to confession as the feelings I am having are keeping me from the body and blood of Christ.
Thanks for your help, I felt much better after I read your post.

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Ginny said...

Hi Helen
The last thing I want you to do is upset your husband. You can say the rosary with your fingers and he won't even know. I am not saying that you need to be sneaky, just a way for you to pray for the both of you, and offer up your sufferings to God without upsetting him. For some reason the rosary and the Blessed Mother seem to be an issue for him, maybe something very painful that he needs to come to terms with.
Although hard and painful, tried to focus on the suffering he is going through and pray for him. You are definitely sharing the cross with Christ. Reach out to others for prayer. They don't need to know why, just ask for special intentions
Don't refuse yourself the Eucharist. You need His strength to fight this battle. He is a very merciful and giving God. Just persevere through it all and keep strong your faith. If you don't it will all fall apart and that is a guarantee. Reading spiritual books helps, especially the saints. Let the Holy Ghost guide you to select something. This will keep you focused. You are in my prayers. Look for the joy in suffering, because it is there!!


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