May processions, replete with beautiful Mary songs, children in their First Holy Communion attire and plenty of flowers, are familiar to even nominal Catholics. Not all are aware of the connection Mary has with the month of October.
October is the month of the rosary and this October brought extra work for heavenly Mary.
Pope Francis consecrated the world to Mary's Immaculate Heart on October 13 in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City.
“Guard our lives in your arms,” Pope Francis said. “Bless and strengthen every desire for goodness; revive and grow faith; sustain and illuminate hope; arouse and enliven charity; guide all of us on the path of holiness.”
The date marked the 96th anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun” the day the sun danced for the hoards of pilgrims, journalists and skeptics alike at the site of Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal.
The new pontiff made it clear that despite calls to modernize the Catholic Church he was going to reinforce a devotion to the Blessed Mother.
Pope Francis' consecration of the entire world to Mary's care invites Catholics over the world to once again say, “Ave Maria.”