Mary, Mother of the Church, ora pro nobis!
Today is Mother’s Day! O Blessed day to all you Moms out there. Each year on this day the Mass in our chapel is offered for all of our mothers, living and deceased.
To honor our heavenly Mother we just had our annual May procession, and we also installed a picture of our new Pope Francis in the entrance foyer of the monastery. Tomorrow is “Fatima Day,” May 13th, the anniversary of Mary’s first apparition to the children of Fatima in 1917. Pope Francis asked the archbishop of that area to consecrate his Petrine ministry to Our Lady of Fatima on this anniversary. So our installation of the new Pope’s picture today is quite significant, as we pray for his intentions for the Church throughout the world.
Mother Catherine Marie hangs the new image of Pope Francis.
Not all the Sisters could be present for the procession.
Yes…it is a little chilly today in western Kentucky.
After singing hymns in honor of our Blessed Mother and crowning her image in the back of our chapel we prayed the following prayer of consecration by Fr. George Kosicki.
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of Mercy, since Jesus from the Cross gave you to me, I take you as my own. And since Jesus gave me to you, take me as your own. Make me docile like Jesus on the Cross, obedient to the Father, trusting in humility and in love.
Mary, my Mother, in imitation of the Father, who gave his Son to you, I too give my all to you; to you I entrust all that I am, all that I have and all that I do. Help me to surrender ever more fully to the Spirit. Lead me deeper into the Mystery of the Cross, the Cenacle and the fullness of Church. As you formed the heart of Jesus by the Spirit, form my heart to be the throne of Jesus in his glorious coming.
By Fr. George Kosicki