Friday, May 05, 2006

May, the month of Mary (II)

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) on why the month of May is dedicated to the Virgin Mary:

"WHY is May chosen as the month in which we exercise a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin? The first reason is because it is the time when the earth bursts forth into its fresh foliage and its green grass after the stern frost and snow of winter, and the raw atmosphere and the wild wind and rain of the early spring. It is because the blossoms are upon the trees and the flowers are in the gardens. It is because the days have got long, and the sun rises early and sets late. For such gladness and joyousness of external Nature is a fit attendant on our devotion to her who is the Mystical Rose and the House of Gold."

From Newman's 'Meditations on the Litany of Loreto, for the month of May'


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