For Mary’s month of May, Pope Francis has recommended the “simple and effective” prayer of the rosary.
At his weekly General Audience this morning, May 3, 2017, Francis gave pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square this advice: “At the beginning of May, let us invoke the heavenly intercession of Mary, Mother of Jesus.”
During his greetings to Polish pilgrims, the Pope invited the crowd to applaud the Virgin Mary “Queen of Poland” on the day of the national holiday.
While to young people, Francis urged, “learn to pray with the simple and effective prayer of the rosary,” to sick people, he encouraged, “may the Blessed Virgin be your support in the trial of suffering.”
May is Mary’s month and I can think of no better way to honor our Heavenly Mother than with earnest rosary prayer. The word rosary comes from the Latin word rosa meaning rose. So while you are busy buying physical flowers for Mother’s Day don’t forget to send Mary spiritual flowers through rosary prayer.
As an aside, I can picture some of you saying, “Wait, you’re saying May is the perfect time to pray the rosary. Didn’t you just say that we should celebrate Easter by praying the rosary? And before that, didn’t you say we should observe Lent by praying the rosary? And before that didn’t you say we should celebrate a new year with rosary prayer? And before that, didn’t you say to celebrate Christmas, Advent, October, etc. with rosary prayer?”
Naturally, my answer to all of those questions is yes! The rosary is the perfect prayer for all occasions. There is never a bad time to pray the rosary or start learning how to pray the rosary. Need help? Please browse RosaryMeds for videos, links, and other resources to help you pray the rosary.