May is the month traditionally dedicated to Mary, the Mother of our Lord. And during the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI addressed Our Lady by a new title: the Mother of the Church. Because of the developments in communications, travel on the part of many people to Rome, and travel on the part of the Popes to every part of the world, I think that there is an increasing understanding of the Church as a worldwide community of believers who are united by their communion with their local bishops and with the supreme bishop of Rome, our Holy Father the Pope. More and more Catholics are aware of the religious situation in Russia, in China, in western Europe, in Latin America, in those countries where Muslims constitute a majority of the population, in sub-Saharan Africa, and in our own country.
We are aware that the conflict between good and evil goes on as always; that “the gates of Hell” are still trying to destroy the kingdom of God upon earth, and that Christ, in his Church, is being crucified here and there even as he is being born wherever the Church is being established and human beings are becoming Christians through the sacrament of Baptism and the other sacraments.
Let me ask you, especially during this month of May, to pray for the Church in this world of ours—to pray that she will be successful in bringing about the kingdom of God on this planet of ours, and that through the intercession of Mary, Mother of God, Mother of Jesus, Mother of the Church, many souls will be won to Christ and to eternal salvation. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.