The Christophers join in honoring Mary during this month of May. We pray in a special way during this month for the Mediatrix of all graces to intercede to heal the wounds of the broken hearted and bring peace to the most troubled parts of our world. We also celebrate Mother’s Day this month and hope for all mothers to experience warmth and gratitude for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis for their families.
In one of Father Dougherty’s Light One Candle columns that will run in newspapers around the country this month, he shows how Mary both embodies the ideals of motherhood and serves as a role model for all mothers. In this beautiful article detailing how those motherly attributes we often take for granted are so much like the heroic qualities displayed by Mary in the Gospels, Father Dougherty reminds us that the best way to grow close to Mary is to grow close to our own mothers.
We also celebrate Saint Joseph the Worker on May 1st, and what a wonderful way to begin this month, to recall the tireless support Joseph provided to Mary and Jesus. Before beginning his ministry, Jesus practiced the trade of carpentry, which exemplifies how integral Joseph’s work was to the survival of the Holy Family and also how close Jesus and Joseph must have been with each other. May Joseph inspire all fathers and husbands and may their quiet and often unsung efforts be recognized by their families.
And Saint Rita of Cascia’s feast day is on May 22. Born in Spoleto, Italy, in 1381, Saint Rita felt a call to religious life from an early age but was forced into an arranged marriage with a cruel man, who died in a fight. She had two sons while she was married but they also died. Attempting to enter the Augustinian convent in Cascia, she was initially refused because she was a widow and not a virgin, but the order eventually accepted her. Suffering from chronic illnesses, Rita had visions and developed wounds resembling a crown of thorns on her forehead. She died at Cascia on May 22 and miracles began to be attributed to her intercession immediately. She is known today as the patron saint of hopeless causes.
Please remember to look for our News Note entitled Forgiving Others and Ourselves, which is being released this month. With poignant stories of courage in the face of trying and sometimes even life-threatening situations, including the harrowing experience of Immaculee Ilibagiza, who survived the horrors of the Rwandan Genocide, this News Note stirs the soul and guides us to understand how to awaken a spirit of forgiveness in ourselves so that we can truly experience the power of God in our lives.
Lastly, on May 17, we will host the 69th Annual Christopher Awards ceremony, when we honor creators of books, film, and television that affirm the highest values of the human spirit. These awards are so vital in helping to highlight the best the year has had to offer in media. We anticipate another amazing evening in support of these creators, who have all worked so hard to craft uplifting messages that the world needs to hear.
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Mary Ellen Robinson
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