By Jessica Herron, JJ Member
On May 9, 2015, St. Paul’s home of the Little Sisters of the Poor had a most glorious day celebrating Mary with their annual May Crowning. May Crowning is an ancient old tradition in the Church that recognizes Mary as Queen and Mother of Heaven and earth. It reminds us that the Holy Family is important, especially with the emphasis Pope Francis places on families and faith. The sun was certainly shining down upon our Blessed Mother as 100-year-old resident, Margaret, and Sister Rosario crowned Mary the Mother and Queen of our hearts with a pretty crown of flowers. They sang Marian hymns that are familiar and loved by many, did the Litany of Loretto, and prayed the Rosary. To conclude the event Fr. Cyprian, OFM gave a nice blessing. It was very windy that day, but the home of St. Paul did not let that stop trying, even if Mary’s crown blew off several times. It called for rain that day, but Our Lady held it off until the end. Everyone was so cheerful, and all were smiling because it was a great and exciting time to be happy!
Pope Francis said on that day, “Today many countries celebrate Mother’s Day, we remember with gratitude and affection all mothers. All our dear mothers: those who live with us physically, but also those who live with us spiritually. The Lord bless them all, and may the Mother of God, to whom this month is dedicated, watch over them all.” During the May Crowning we not only remember Our Lady, Mother of us all, but we remember all the mothers who sacrifice and dedicate their lives helping others, their children. We remember the mothers who are following in the humble steps of Our Lady each and every day. We also remember the mothers of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who also have helped not only the sisters, but the residents in all the needs they might have.
I would like to especially thank Mother Francis for all she does for the home and many others! We thank all of our mothers who have raised us, the mothers of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and all those who have been a mother to us when we needed one! God bless you all.
-Dómina nostra de Fatima, ora pro nobis!
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