IN MAY, WE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND MAYBE SOME OTHER CHURCHES CELEBRATE MARY. WE HONOR HER FOR BEING THE MOTHER OF GOD AND OUR MOTHER IN HEAVEN. IN A LOT OF CHURCHES THE CHILDREN BRING FLOWERS DOWN THE AND PUT THEM IN FRONT OF MARY.
We teach our children to love Mary because she is Jesus mother and because she is our Mother in Heaven. Remember, when Jesus was on the cross He said to John: “Here is your Mother”. He didn’t mean just John, he meant all of us. If we ask her, she will pray for us to her Son and join her prayers with ours.’ When my children were born, I asked Mary to pray for their safety and health all of their lives, and since they are now adults, have had some pretty close calls, and are still safe and healthy, I believe she has kept her eye on them and prayed for them when needed. Do I know that for sure, of course not. But, why not, she is Jesus mother and she was his first disciple along with being one of the first Saints. Also, why wouldn’t a son who loves his mother as Jesus did, listen to her prayers and grant her wishes. My sons would do what I asked of them, if they could.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA: The Blessed Mother appeared for the first time to three Portuguese shepherd children on May 13th in 1917. Europe was in the grip of the First World War, which would claim an astounding thirty-seven million lives. Only eight days before the apparition, Pope Benedict XV had begged the Blessed Mother to intercede for the war’s end. During her appearances, Mary predicted the devastation of World War II and the grave threat posed by Communist Russia. Her message to the children and the world: reform your lives and do penance for your sins. Pray the rosary every day. (From Magnificat)
When Our Lady appeared to the three children of Fatima in 1917, she urged them to “pray,pray, and say the Rosary for the ending of the war.” The message was for the whole world.
(The last of the 3 children became a nun and actually died just a few years ago. The children were questioned extensively and the appearances investigated before the Church believe the children.) Remember this was during WW ! and she predicted WWII and Communist Russia.) For more information on OUR LADY OF FATIMA, GO TO http://www.catholic.com. There was also a Movie about Fatima which may still be available.
I went to Fatima when I was in Portugal many years ago. the area where she appeared was beautiful and very impressive.