May 5, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As we enter into the month of May, our hearts are drawn to the tender figure of Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary. May is a time when we express our deep love and devotion for the Mother of God, honoring her as not only the mother of Jesus but also as our spiritual mother, who watches over us with a mother’s care from her place as Queen of Heaven.

In the life of Mary, we find the epitome of discipleship and love. She is the perfect model for all who seek to follow her Son, Jesus Christ. Mary’s humility and complete surrender to the Divine Will are exemplified by her resounding “Yes” to God’s plan. She teaches us that true greatness lies in selfless service and obedience, echoing the very essence of Jesus’s commandment in this Sunday’s gospel: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:9-17).

Mary’s life was centered on Christ, her Son. She willingly faded into the background, never seeking attention for herself but always pointing to Jesus. In this, she teaches us the importance of humility and putting God first in our lives. Mary invites us to imitate her example, to make room for Jesus in our hearts and lives, just as she made room for Him in her womb and in her life.

During this month of May, let us heed the call of our Holy Father and rekindle our devotion to Mary through the prayer of the Rosary. As Pope Francis reminds us, simplicity is key in our prayer life, whether we pray individually or as a community (Holy Father’s Letter for the Month of May 2020). Let us unite our hearts in spiritual communion, seeking Mary’s intercession and guidance as we journey closer to her Son, Jesus Christ.

In our parish, dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Marian devotion has always been the vibrant heartbeat of our spiritual community. From the Legion of Mary to the Rosary Society, from the Virgin of Guadalupe Prayer Group to the weekly gatherings for the Rosary, our community remains steadfast in its love for the Mother of God. The fervor displayed through the adornment of shrines and the glowing votive candles bears eloquent testimony to our unwavering trust in Mary’s maternal solicitude.

As we honor Mary during this sacred month, let us not forget to extend our prayers to all mothers, both living and deceased, as we celebrate Mother’s Day. Let us also remember our children who will receive the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation, invoking Mary’s intercession for their spiritual journey.

In closing, let us immerse ourselves in the commandment of love that Jesus entrusted to us. Let us emulate Mary’s humility and obedience, thus embodying the profound truth of loving one another as Christ has loved us. May our devotion to Mary ignite within us a deeper love for her Son and inspire us to manifest that love through tangible acts of kindness and service towards our fellow travelers on this earthly pilgrimage.

With assurances of my prayers and spiritual closeness, I remain

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Msgr. Cuong M. Pham