The month of May is a month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God.
Our heart rejoices at the thought of the moving tribute of faith and love which is paid to the Queen of Heaven in every corner of the earth. For this is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God's merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother's throne. Since Mary is rightly to be regarded as the way by which we are led to Christ, the person who encounters Mary cannot help but encounter Christ likewise. For what other reason do we continually turn to Mary except to seek the Christ in her arms, to seek our Savior in her, through her, and with her? To him men are to turn amid the anxieties and perils of this world, urged on by duty and driven by the compelling needs of their heart, to find a haven of salvation, a transcendent fountain of life....
May she who experienced the cares and hardships of earthly life, the weariness of daily toil, the hardships and trials of poverty, and the sorrows of Calvary, come to aid the needs of the Church and the human race. May she graciously lend an ear to the devout pleas of those all over the world who beg her for peace. May she enlighten the minds of those who rule nations. And finally, may she prevail on God, who rules the winds and storms, to calm the tempests in men's warring hearts and grant us peace in our day. What we seek is true peace grounded on the sturdy foundations of justice and love.... We are relying particularly on the prayers of children and those suffering affliction, for their pleas have special power to penetrate heaven and soften God's justice. Do not fail to put repeated emphasis on the recitation of the Rosary, the prayer so pleasing to our Lady and so often recommended. It affords the faithful an excellent means of complying effectively and pleasingly with our divine Master's command: Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.
Saint Paul VI. "The Sure Way to Honor Christ’s Authority." Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on Prayers during May for Preservation of Peace, #1-2, 12, 14, April 29, 1965.
Reprinted with permission of Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
Saint Paul VI († 1978) reigned as pope from 1963 until 1978.Copyright © 1965 Libreria Editrice Vaticana
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