May

This month of May we continue to celebrate Easter. We’re in the Easter season. Notice what we call the Sundays of this month- the Sundays of Easter. The Risen Lord stays with his church on its pilgrim way and walks with her step by step. Far from leaving us orphans, Jesus is with us, especially in the sacrament of the Eucharist where we know him in “the breaking of the Bread.”

Another gift we remember in May is Mary, the Mother of Jesus. We honor her this month and ask her to guide us into the mysteries of Jesus, her Son. She knew him better than any of his creatures. May she lead us to him.

On May 16 the Passionists remember St. Gemma Galgani, the young woman from Lucca, Italy, who wanted to join the Passionist Nuns but was prevented from doing so by poor health. That did not stop God from bestowing graces in abundance on “Poor Gemma,” as she called herself. Jesus shared with her the marks of his Passion.

Our readings at Mass this month are often from the Acts of the Apostles, which show the church, fresh from being anointed by the Holy Spirit, expanding from Jerusalem to bring the Good News to the ends of the earth.

The two American Passionist provinces of men are having a joint retreat in Detroit at the beginning of this month. We’re asking God for his grace and guidance to see from “the signs of the times” what to do that God’s kingdom may come.

Pray for us, please.

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