PODCAST | May: The Month of Our Mother Mary

In this podcast, Fr. Javier del Castillo celebrates Mother’s Day by meditating on our Mother Mary, and why we should turn to her powerful intercession, especially in the Holy Rosary. He also reflects on the theology behind repetitive and intercessory prayer, and St. Josemaria’s suggestions for how to honor Mary in the month of May.

What you will hear:

– How Mary anticipates the needs of others in the Gospels

– How becoming children of Mary leads to becoming children of God

– Why we should turn to our Mother Mary’s powerful intercession, especially in the Holy Rosary

– How we are missing out on graces from our Lord when we don’t ask for them

– The theology behind repetitive and intercessory prayer

– St. Josemaria’s suggestions for how to honor Mary in May

Quotes:

“We are in the month of May, which is arguably the most beautiful month of the year… therefore it is very appropriate for us to celebrate this month as the month of Our Mother, in fact, we celebrate Mother’s Day for very good reason in the month of May. ”

“For the unceasing prayer of a just man is of great avail.” (James 5:16)

“Think bigger than favors just for me; think of the Church, think of souls, think of conversions, think of vocations, vocations to celibacy, vocations to marriage, vocations to the priesthood, vocations to religious life, … for people who desire to take their baptismal call seriously. We need a lot of those people, the laity…. We need to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers through the intercession of Mary, especially this month.”

“Yes, [the Rosary] is repetitive, but it shouldn’t grow old. And, I think, the Lord wants us to repeat it, because he wants to test our desire. He wants to make our desire deliberate and make it grow.”

“Mary lived with her eyes fixed on Christ, treasuring his every word: ‘She kept all these things, pondering them in her heart’ (Lk 2:19; cf. 2:51). The memories of Jesus, impressed upon her heart, were always with her, leading her to reflect on the various moments of her life at her Son’s side. In a way those memories were to be the “rosary” which she recited uninterruptedly throughout her earthly life.” (St. John Paul the Great, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, no. 11)

Rev. Javier del Castillo Rev. Javier del Castillo

Fr. Javier del Castillo is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Philosophy. He currently carries out his pastoral ministry in Chicago and is Vice President of the St. Josemaria Institute.

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