MAY THE 4TH. BE WITH YOU.
…. and other May Timing.
(May the Fourth be with you; and of course, a greeting like that from me would mean the Force that is that inexorable and constant force of Grace from your Creator, calling us all back to Him, and to a life lived well, in His will, and with the help of His Grace.)
But I like Star Was too.
May is a month of many significant occurrences. Let’s see if I can do them in order.
May First is the day Christendom remembers St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, spouse of Mary, who watched over the Holy Family, guiding them through danger and providing for them. It is necessary for a (Jewish) father to train his sons in some skill so that they can make a living and in turn provide for their own families.
Hence, we can say that Jesus, too, was a carpenter, as St. Joseph was. (a “technon” in Greek: a builder, a general contractor, perhaps, as well as carpentry skills.) Joseph’s trade skills and his labors are part and parcel of his dignity. Our work, our labors, our jobs, give us pride and dignity. ( If you have a job, you are not being “oppressed.”)
And so on May First we honor the dignity of workers through the example of St. Joseph. It is said of Joseph that he was a Just man. Learn from him, learn fatherly skills from him; learn to respect the man in your house, the father of your children, the head of your household.
May the First is also the world’s celebration of burdensome and murderous forms of governments that oppress “Workers” by using and ruling over the Working Class. A celebration that is sometimes called “May Day,” and ironic cry for help.
May 2nd is the day we celebrate the life of St. Athanasius, who fought tirelessly for the Truth of Church teachings, in spite of almost universal opposition, several exiles, excommunications from weak Church leaders. . . and still he persisted –for the sake of succeeding generations.
May 3rd we celebrate the Finding of the True Cross – an interesting event, but hardly recognized as significant in today’s busy, distracted, and skeptical world. (and, no, the Emperor Constantine was not quite a Christian at this time, and he did NOT force the Roman world to become Christian, nor did he change Church teachings by mixing them with pagan religions. If you want to refute “history,” start there.)
May the Fourth . . . is fun. But it is also deadly serious for me, personally. Today is the day we remember St. Monica. Mother of unceasing prayers and tears. Mother of Augustine, saint eventually. For those of you who know me, enough said.
Yes, each day in May has some significance. The whole month is the Month of Mary. Dedicated to her and her attractive attributes. Last year I did a series of flowers, one for each day for her, each one exemplifying a lovely attribute of the Mother of Jesus. When the series was over, I discovered a month was not long enough. If you’d like to be charmed by some loveliness, you can check out the archives: 2015, May.
We have Mother’s Day this month. I hope some sentimental tears are shed by sons and daughters.
There are several birthdays in my immediate family.
May 13th will be the next really huge Remembrance. It may have utmost significance for our world. This year is the 99th anniversary of a strange and important visitation from Heavenly beings to the three children in Fatima, Portugal. These “beings” were St. Michael, the head of the Armies of Heaven who fight against the enemies of God; Mary, herself, with most important information; and then a glimpse of Jesus and of St. Joseph.
99 years ago. Next year will be 100, a significant and common grouping of years marked out by humans to signify a discreet and identifiable period of time. Instructions were given 99 years ago. Prophecies were made. Proofs were given, witnessed in the end by 70,000 people, photographed, and not all in the immediate vicinity. And then Warnings were given if instructions weren’t carried out, individually and by the Church.
As far as I can see, in these past 99 years, few have heeded the Instructions . . . and warnings.
So what comes next year when the 100-year period has ended?
Finally, and appropriately, the month ends with Memorial Day, where we remember those who have died defending our country in times of War. Most likely we will not be in a world war in this year’s May.
I hope this won’t be the last peacetime Memorial Day.
Just . . . plant some flowers and vegetables somewhere on your property. It’s time for that here in the Far North. Plant some Beauty and Joy and Peace and, above all: Hope in God, that He is in charge of things.