The month of May is dedicated to Our Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus. It wasn’t until I stepped into the small Catholic church of St. Mary’s in Sherman, Texas just after Easter of 1995 that I truly began to understand this remarkable lady.
As I knelt in prayer I glanced over at a large statue of Our Lady of Grace standing near the door to the confessional and suddenly I knew what had been missing in my life as a Protestant. It was Mary! She was only a by-word in my upbringing in the Presbyterian church, as though to say, “Oh. Yeah. She is the Mother of God but we don’t want to take away from the attention due to her Son so we don’t talk about her much, just in case.”
I learned to pray the Rosary while studying to become Catholic. The Rosary is a meditation on the life of Our Lord with scripture readings to go along with recitation of the Rosary Prayers. It changed my life and helped me to learn Christian meditation.
If you don’t know Mary you will never really know her Son. And if you doubt that you might want to ponder on how much Jesus loves His Mother. I pray I will not have to stand before Our Lord and explain why I didn’t love His Mother.