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This week, we celebrate Pentecost Sunday and the Season of Easter comes to an end. Jesus sends us his Holy Spirit to strengthen us and to give us courage to spread his Good News throughout the world.
Today, the month of May also comes to an end. The Church dedicated this month to Mary, Our Mother. Many of us recited the Rosary every day during this month, praying for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, responding to Pope Francis’ invitation: “I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May.”
At the beginning of May, my 92-year-old grandmother invited my whole family to gather via Zoom every day at 6:00 p.m. to pray the Rosary, which she led with the same devotion and mental clarity she has done all her life. What a gift! On May 13, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima, more than 200,000 people gathered on social media to pray the Rosary together after a famous Mexican actor and devout Catholic invited people all over the world to join.
Why stop now? The Rosary is a wonderful prayer that we can recite as part of our daily devotions. We may choose to pray it alone or with our family. We can take advantage of initiatives such as Map of Hope, a global movement that invites people around the word to connect with one another to pray the Rosary.
Heavenly Mother, we bring to you our fears and anxiety and ask for your intercession before your Son. Amen.
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