April showers do indeed bring May flowers, as Regina Pacis Convent has blossoms all around Our Lady's grounds .. and in the convent, we believe these May flowers find a beautiful fulfillment in being woven into a crown for Our Lady.
Holy Mother Church chooses the month of May to be dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which fittingly proceeds the month of the Holy Eucharist, as she was the first adorer of the Word made Flesh. There are countless ways to honor the sweetest of mothers - from praying her rosary (or an extra decade) or Litanies, practicing her virtues, reading spiritual writings in her honor, or simply making an extra visit to a statue of her. Every extra devotion we undertake, no matter how big or small, is like placing a rose at her feet and showering her with love. What could bring more joy to a mother's heart than the love of her children!
“If, then, we establish solid devotion to our Blessed Lady,
it is only to establish more perfectly devotion to Jesus Christ,
and to provide an easy and secure means for finding Jesus Christ.
If devotion to Our Lady removed us from Jesus Christ,
we should have to reject it as an illusion of the devil;
but so far from this being the case, devotion to Our Lady is, on the contrary,
necessary for us—as I have already shown, and will show still further hereafter--
as a means of finding Jesus Christ perfectly, of loving Him tenderly,
of serving Him faithfully.”
- St. Louis Marie de Montfort: True Devotion
"Grant we beseech Thee, O Almighty God, that we, who in our affliction put our trust in Thy mercy, may ever be defended by Thy protection against all adversity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen."
- Collect of the Mass of Rogation
One of the gifts of Holy Mother Church to her children is the gift of the Octave. For high liturgical feasts such as Christmas and Easter, the feast is so splendid, so marvelous that one day is not sufficient to celebrate! Even more particular to the Octave is the fact that each day is celebrated as equally to the feast. During the Easter Octave, for example, every day is celebrated as the day of Christ's Resurrection.
"In thy sight are all they that afflict me; my heart hath expected reproach and misery. And I looked for one that would grieve together with me, but there was none: and for one that would comfort me, and I found none." - Psalm 68 (69)
Palm Sunday is "a great and holy day as it commemorates the last triumph of Our Lord Jesus Christ on earth and opens Holy Week. On this day, the Church celebrates the triumphant entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem; when the multitude, going before and following after Him, cut off branches from the trees and strewed then in His way, shouting, "Hosanna (glory and praise) to the Son of David. Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord." It is the commemoration of this triumph that palms are blessed and borne in solemn procession."
"The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise: “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. " - Ecclesia de Eucharistia (Pope St. John Paul II)