May is a month that is loved and its arrival is welcome for
several reasons. In our hemisphere spring advances with so many and colorful
blossoms; the climate is favorable for walks and excursions. For the liturgy,
May always belongs to the Easter Season, the season of the
“alleluia,” of the revelation of the mystery of Christ in the light
of the Resurrection and of the Easter faith; and it is the time of expectation
of the Holy Spirit, who descends with power on the nascent Church at Pentecost.
With both these contexts, the “natural” and the liturgical, the
tradition of the Church is well in tune in dedicating the month of May to the
Virgin Mary. She is, in fact, the most beautiful flower to blossom in creation,
the “rose” that appeared in the fullness of time, when God, sending
his Son, gave the world a new spring. And she is at the same time humble and
discreet protagonist of the first steps of the Christian community: Mary is its
spiritual heart, because her very presence in the midst of the disciples is a
living memory of the Lord Jesus and pledge of the gift of his Spirit.
Pope Benedict XVI, Regina Caeli Address, 9 May 2010