MAY is a month which is specially dedicated to Our Lady, so we should remember to say some extra prayers. But there are some very practical things that can be done in her honour, too. It is particularly pleasing to Our Lady when we try and be as helpful as we can towards our own mothers. We can be quite sure that Jesus, as a boy, treated His mother in the very best way possible.
SOMETIMES it is easy to forget the many things which mothers do for us. Just recently 1 have learned a good lesson about this.
I have been living in a house in which the mother has been away for a few days. When she went off we thought to ourselves: "We shall be all right, we can look after ourselves jolly well."
But we soon discovered our mistake, AFTER two or three days it was getting rather boring to eat the same food—hut no one had learned to cook anything else.
Then the boiler went out and there was no hot water. We knew how to light it again, but it kept on going out. Because there was no hot water we didn't feel like washing ourselves very much, what's more we didn't have any clean clothes.
We couldn't find anything. When someone cut their finger we couldn't find any plaster, or scissors to cut it with. The house got dirtier and dirtier because there was no one to clean it. We were pretty glad when it was all over and we were clean, comfortable and well fed again.
THE moral is that next time anyone in the house is tempted to be lazy about washing up or making their bed they will remember how much work has to he done. The wonderful thing is that as well as helping our mothers we can offer it up to Our Lady as a gift for her as well.