The month of May is a special time for us Catholics to pay homage to our Blessed Mother Mary.
Pray the Rosary
It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view. For this reason, Pope Francis is encouraging everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May.
Make your own Marian shrine
This is a particularly fun activity to do outside, if you have an outdoor statue of the Blessed Mother, but it can easily be done inside as well. The flowers may not exactly be blooming yet, but you can explore the yard with the kids and see what kind of rustic natural bouquets you can create to decorate the shrine. Find some rocks to paint with Marian symbols or make paper garland to hang and write prayer intentions on it. Don’t get intimidated by the word “shrine” or hung up on the idea of a “grotto.” The idea is simply to create a spot where the kids will feel comfortable taking a break from their play to “visit Mary” for a few quiet moments.
Have a May crowning
If you have a statue of the Blessed Mother, create a makeshift crown using whatever materials you might have on hand. And though we aren’t able to take to the streets en masse these days, why not plan your own mini Marian procession around the house or the yard? Building a simple float, sing songs like
“Salve Regina” and finish up with a tasty treat.
Spiritual Daily Bread Resources
Archdiocesan Mass link: https://radiotv.archchicago.org/television/broadcast-masses
USCCB Daily Readings
USCCB Audio Readings
The Word Among Us Daily Meditation
Novena for Protection Against COVID-19
Online Bible Study: https://vimeopro.com/americanbible/catholic-bible-refresher
Relevant Radio: https://relevantradio.com/
Catholic Apostolate: https://www.catholicapostolatecenter.org/covid-19.html
Ascension Press podcasts: https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/frmikepodcast/
Word of Fire Podcasts:
There are many ways to reach out in love during this time. One way is to share prayer resources with friends, family and neighbors. Many are free for everyone right now and offer an easy way to explore what is of interest to you. Here are three:
Pray as You Go is an app that is always free and includes a daily Lectio Divina scripture reflection with music. You will also find many “stay at home” reflections, prayer tools, and reflections for mental health –if you are anxious, if you are depressed, if you are grieving, if you are lonely–and retreats.
Give Us This Day, a daily prayer resource, is free right now. It offers morning prayer, evening prayer, the Mass readings, reflections and much more. Try it out and share it with others.
Word Among Us, another daily prayer resource, is also being offered free right now.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.