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May Magnificat

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 opportunest
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;
Star-eyed strawberry-breasted
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, sympathising
With that world of good,
Nature’s motherhood.

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.

When drop-of-blood-and-foam-dapple
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.

Magnificat at 15

Fr CameronThanks to Joan Frawley Desmond of the National Catholic Register we can read a recently published interview, “‘Magnificat’: Introducing the Liturgy to Christian Laity for 15 Years,” with Dominican Father Peter John Cameron, Editor-in-Chief of Magnificat.

Desmond’s interview gives good insight and stands on its own. The author draws out the current work and future hopes of the Dumont and Cameron in English. Desmond notes what I would call a treasure for all of us: Magnificat gives horizon and develops a culture of encounter, a meeting with the Holy Trinity and the Blessed Mother; Magnificat does not merely correct errors experienced with regard to catechesis, but it orders how we pray, what we believe and encourages us to live anew in Christ Jesus with the Church.

The fact of the matter is that Magnificat has in these previous 15 years (!) more a generous contribution to spreading the faith and thus opened an incredible number of doors unto the Divine Mystery. The sheer breadth of hagiography, spiritual reading and sacramentality does give pause because, in my mind, our Catholic patrimony is  fully appreciated and a lived. The artwork alone is spectacular (save for a few specimens).

Key to the work of and reason for Magnificat is for the formation of the laity in applying the theology and disposition of the Church to make the sacred Liturgy known and prayed by the laity.

In an era of greater emphasis on the place and role evangelization and faith formation in the Catholic Church, Magnificat is a necessary tool. 250K other English speaking people think so, too. Thanks to Father Peter John and his staff of writers, customer service, technology experts, and consultants.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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