The Friday Five: There’s Something About Mary

This week, we draw our gaze to the Blessed Mother, illustrating the beauty of her intercession, as she cares for each of us as her own, granting us consolation, relief, love and protection.

By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications

I’ve always loved the month of May: flowers are in full bloom, the sun seems to shine more brightly, and as Catholics, we reflect more intentionally upon our own human mothers and the Our Mother Mary.

There really is something about Mary that is so captivating, even for those who do not know her Son. As was so beautifully showcased in an exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts recently, many are taken with this gentle woman, so full of grace and strength.

1. My favorite piece in the Meet Mary exhibit was Lorenzo di Credi’s “Annuncation.” Though I could write pages about it, I’ll just say that the three panels from Genesis below the painting invited me to recall that Mary’s “Yes” to the Father untangles Eve’s “No” in the Garden of Eden, but, more importantly, her “Yes” paved the way for my own redemption.

Lorenzo di Credi Annunciazione Inv. 1890 N.3094

Lorenzo di Credi, Annunciazione, Inv. 1890 N.3094

Also, the space between the Angel Gabriel and Mary was just far enough that I felt myself, along with Gabriel, eagerly awaiting her Fiat. I found myself praying with St. Bernard of Clairvaux:

Answer quickly, O Virgin. Reply in haste to the angel, or rather through the angel to the Lord. Answer with a word, receive the Word of God. Speak your own word, conceive the divine Word. Breathe a passing word, embrace the eternal Word. Why do you delay, why are you afraid? Believe, give praise, and receive.

2. Did you read Bishop Loverde’s recent column “Contemplating Our Lady: Virgin, Mother, and Advocate“?

Mary, as virgin, is a model for all of us — single, religious or married — to seek God first above all things, and to use Him as the horizon against which we measure everything else. If virginity is associated with innocence, let us celebrate it, for in Mary we see a glimpse of how God intended things to be in Eden.

3. I can’t recommend this novena enough. She has never failed me.

4. This fall, our diocese will be making a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Stay tuned for more information!

5. Here’s a sample of pictures from May crownings throughout the diocese. The children here love their Mother!

St. William of York May crowning (Photos by Ashleigh Buyers, Arlington Catholic Herald)

St. William of York May crowning (Photos by Ashleigh Buyers, Arlington Catholic Herald)

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All Saints May crowning

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St. Thomas Aquinas May crowning

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Nativity Catholic School May crowning

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St. James May crowning

Our Lady, pray for us!

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