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May is for Mary Gardens

May! It’s the month of Mary, and we’re already halfway through.  Parishes are honoring Mary with May Crownings and daily rosaries.  We, too, can bring our parish traditions of honoring Mary into our homes.  How are you honoring Mary this month?

One of my family’s favorite month of Mary traditions is to plant our Mary Garden.  Every year around mid-May, my children and I make a pilgrimage to the plant nursery to pick out annuals and a few perennials to add to our garden.  I always reserve a few of these plants to a pot on the patio that serves as my Mary Garden.  The colors and fragrance create an inviting space to read, pray, or gather with friends.

With so many beautiful flowers, choosing what to plant can involve a lot of decisions.  I like to think, “WWMP? – What would Mary plant?  What would Mary have planted if she walked in your garden, lived in your climate, and enjoyed your yard or garden pots?

Here are the flowers that we chose this year:

Columbines – Another name for the blue columbine is our “Our Lady’s Shoes.”  Myth is that that they sprouted wherever the Blessed Mother stepped on her way to visit Elizabeth.  Columbines are hearty and can last in the sun or the shade.

Bleeding Heart – The bleeding heart is a perennial flower that truly looks like a pink heart.  These flowers remind us of Mary’s Immaculate Heart, her love, and even her heart’s sorrows.

Roses – Roses have long been the flower of Mary.  When Mary appeared in Lourdes, St. Bernadette said that our Lady was wearing a white garment with blue sash and that there were yellow roses on her feet.  St. Juan Diego picked rose petals from the hill where Mary directed him to build a church and put them in his tilma to carry to the bishop.  It was on this tilma that the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted.

Lily of the Valley –  Another legend is that when Mary cried at the cross, her tears turned into Lily of the Valley.

Lilies – “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. If God so clothes the grass in the field that grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?” – Luke 12:27-28.  If you plant lilies, let them serve as a colorful reminder to trust in God.

Now that I’ve shared a few of my gardening ideas, I’m curious to know yours!  What do you plant in your Mary Garden?

Pleased to meet you!

Hello, pleased to meet you!  This is an inaugural leap for Joyful Momentum on this Feast of the Assumption, I thought I’d keep things light and introduce myself.  I’m Elizabeth.  I’m a mom, army wife, Catholic, lawyer, and adventurer.

I love to pen stories and share experiences of keeping the joyful momentum and zest of life and faith through the turns of parenting, work, army life, and more!

I am passionate about building women’s ministry and want to use this blog-deavor to do just that.  We are called to build the Church and can only do it by joining our little living stones.  To that end, Joyful Momentum will be sharing resources for building women’s ministry groups – printables, book recommendations, how-tos, and more.  Follow the blog for weekly tools for women’s ministry delivered straight to your inbox!

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My plan was to publish the blog in a few weeks.  But my love of flowers and Our Lady collided today in the backyard.  While admiring all of the new and lovely flowers, this John Paul II rose greeted me with its glory  Since it was such a fitting greeting on this feast day, it inspired me to hit publish.  I’ll keep working on content, but in the meantime, hello world, thanks for stopping by!