The month of May is dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Easter, which is represented by the liturgical color white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored).
The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of May
We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church
Highlights of the Month
As Spring blossoms forth and we are surrounded by new life, we spend this month full of the joy of our Easter celebration and in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit, our Consoler and Advocate.
The saints that we will focus on this month — those who have already shared in the rewards of the Resurrection — are St. Joseph the Worker (May 1), St. Athanasius (May 2), St. Nereus & Achilleus, St. Pancras (May 12), Our Lady of Fatima (May 13), St. Matthias (May 14), St. Isidore the Farmer (May 15), St. John I (May 18), St. Bernadine of Siena (May 20), St. Christopher Magallanes (May 21), St. Rita of Cascia (May 22), St. Bede, St. Gregory VII and St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi (May 25), St. Philip Neri (May 26) and St. Augustine of Canterbury (May 27).
The feasts of Sts. Philip and James (May 3), St. Damian the Leper (May 10) and the Visitation (May 31) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy. The Solemnity of the Ascension (May 21) is celebrated on May 24 (Sunday) in most dioceses in the United States.
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of May are:
1.Joseph the Worker, Opt. Mem.
3.Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday), Sunday
10.Fifth Sunday of Easter, Sunday
12.Nereus and Achilleus; Pancras, martyrs, Opt. Mem.
13.Our Lady of Fatima, Opt. Mem.
15.Isidore the Farmer (USA), Opt. Mem.
17.Sixth Sunday of Easter, Sunday
18.John I, Opt. Mem.
20.Bernardine of Siena, Opt. Mem.
21.Ascension of the Lord; Christopher Magallanes and companions; Eugene de Mazenod (Canada), Opt. Mem.
22.Rita of Cascia, Opt. Mem.
24.Ascension or the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Solemnity
25. St. Bede the Venerable; St. Gregory VII; St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin, Opt. Mem.
26.Philip Neri, Memorial
27.Augustine of Canterbury, Opt. Mem.
31.Pentecost Sunday; Whitsunday, Sunday
Food for Thought
"Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" (Acts 9:4)
Paul’s conversion on the Damascus road has all the elements of a dramatic film. A villainous lead character is suddenly stopped in his tracks by a light from the sky. A voice comes from heaven, and this villain undergoes an amazing transformation and embarks on a whole new adventure.
What about your own conversion story? More than likely, it wasn’t so dramatic. Perhaps a friend spoke to you, or maybe you started reading the Scriptures, and over time, God got through to you. Most of us probably wouldn’t pay to go see our story at the movies!
But how we came to the Lord is not really important. What matters is that we have come to him. He loves each one of us passionately. He wants all of us to be saved and come to know the truth about him (1 Timothy 2:4). To him, every conversion story is valid and powerful. It’s part of his awesome design for creation—a plan that he worked out before we were even born (Jeremiah 1:5). Just as he had a perfect plan for Paul’s life, he has one for each of us as well.
Remember, too, that God’s plan doesn’t begin and end with a dramatic conversion. What if Paul hadn’t continued seeking the Lord after his experience on the Damascus road? Most likely he would have returned to his old ways! Remember, it took him ten years before he was ready to go on his first missionary journey—and even then he had his fair share of ups and downs. He knew he had to walk with Jesus day after day if he was going to become the person God wanted him to be. And so do we.
As the refrain to a popular worship song reminds us, “Step by step, you lead me.” Whatever our initial conversion was like, it’s still going on. Today, try to draw closer to Jesus. If you’ve fallen in some way, rededicate your life to him. You don’t have to look back. You just have to keep pursuing your goal: “the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
“Jesus, I give you my life again today. Fill me with your grace, so that I can follow you faithfully.”