Here is a fitting poem for this week by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
May is Mary’s month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why :
Her feasts follow reason,
Dated due to season—
Candlemas, Lady Day ;
But the Lady Month, May,
Why fasten that upon her,
With a feasting in her honour ?
Is it only its being brighter
Than the most are must delight her ?
Is it opportunist
And flowers finds soonest ?
Ask of her, the mighty mother :
Her reply puts this other
Question : What is Spring?—
Growth in every thing—
Flesh and fleece, fur and feather,
Grass and greenworld all together ;
Throstle above her nested
Cluster of bugle blue eggs thin
Forms and warms the life within ;
And bird and blossom swell
In sod or sheath or shell.
All things rising, all things sizing
Mary sees, sympathizing
With that world of good
Their magnifying of each its kind
With delight calls to mind
How she did in her stored
Magnify the Lord.
Well but there was more than this :
Spring’s universal bliss
Much, had much to say
To offering Mary May.
Bloom lights the orchard-apple
And thicket and thorp are merry
With silver-surfèd cherry
And azuring-over greybell makes
Wood banks and brakes wash wet like lakes
And magic cuckoocall
Caps, clears, and clinches all—
This ecstasy all through mothering earth
Tells Mary her mirth till Christ’s birth
To remember and exultation
In God who was her salvation.
Here we find that wonderful and more general correlation of motherhood to spring and the "greenworld" growing. But we also find, as seen in the depiction of the annunciation below, that correlation of "Nature's motherhood" to Mary's motherhood of the Savior, which in turn, restores all things, and as we see below to the left, heals our fallen condition and its effect on the natural world. In light of this, Happy Mother's Day!
Here is the agenda for today.