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7 Ways to strengthen your relationship with the Virgin Mary


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Cerith Gardiner - published on 05/02/21

Feel closer to Mary with these simple ideas.

May is a month devoted to the Blessed Virgin, so you might want to consider all the different ways you can invite Mary into your life.

Celebrate her in song

While there are prayers we can say to Mary, why not try your hand at singing? There are a number of songs and hymns that honor the Blessed Mother, and you could sing along with your kids as you attack the spring cleaning, drive to the shops, or sing lullabies as they go to sleep.

Opera singer’s unusual performance honors the Virgin Mary and motherhood

Consider her many titles

You might want to learn about the different titles given to the Blessed Virgin. While you may be familiar with a handful, learn the different ways people call on her from around the world. The varied meanings will help you understand your own faith even more.

10 Little-known titles for Mary

Name a newborn after her

If you’re about to welcome a newborn into your family, you could honor Mary by choosing her name for your own little bambina. Whether a first or middle name, there are so many pretty combinations to choose from.

12 Names that pair beautifully with “Mary” as a middle name

Discover her beauty through a literary great

The English writer J.R.R. Tolkien is known for his impressive way of putting pen to paper. However, the devout Catholic made many references to his faith — as well as to the Virgin Mary — in his writings . Take some time to marvel in her beauty courtesy of someone who had no qualms in showing his love and admiration for her.

How J.R.R. Tolkien spoke about the beauty of Mary

Get your children involved in this charming tradition

It’s important that children feel close to Mary, too, during this month in particular. So why not get them involved in an old tradition of crowning the Blessed Mother? If you have a statue of her at home you could easily make a floral crown (it doesn’t have to be perfect) and place it on her head. Kids could sing a song and say a Hail Mary to honor her.

This heartwarming May tradition will help your children love Mary

Create a prayer corner in her honor

More and more Catholics have introduced prayer corners in their homes. While you can create your own corner dedicated to those religious figures who are close to your heart, you can use this month to dedicate one to Mary.

9 Inspiring prayer corners on Pinterest dedicated to Mary

Approach friendships in her manner

Forming friendships can be tricky at the best of times, but in COVID times even the closest of friendships have come under strain. You could use this month to re-think these friendships and approach them the way Mary would have.

3 Ways to approach friendship as Mary did

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