Month of Mary at CIC

The Pastoral Council and Project Management of the Carvalhos Boarding School (CIC) has published a special article for this month of May, affectionately known in Portugal as the “Month of Mary” because, as it explains, it celebrates the anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to the three little shepherds of Fatima, on 13 May 1917:

Devotion to the Virgin Mary is rooted in Portugal’s history, and during the courts of 1646 she was crowned Queen and Patroness of Portugal, under the title of Our Lady of the Conception. This devotion was reinforced by the apparitions of Fatima, whose numerous pilgrimages of the faithful in search of the “consolation and comfort of the Mother’s womb” have given it the name of “Altar of the World”.

Also for the Claretian Missionaries, or rather, Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CMF), this is a special month in Portugal. Let us get to know their identity better by reflecting on the text that defines them as a Congregation:

“A son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a man who burns with charity and scorches wherever he goes. He desires effectively and seeks by all means to inflame the world with the fire of divine love. Nothing can stop him. He rejoices in hardships. He faces difficulties. It accepts sacrifices. It rejoices in slander. He rejoices in the torments and pains he suffers, and rejoices in the cross of Jesus Christ. He thinks only of how to follow and imitate Christ in prayer, work and suffering, seeking always and only the greater glory of God and the salvation of men”. (Saint Anthony Mary Claret)

Let us therefore direct our prayers to Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, commending our prayers to her Immaculate Maternal Heart.


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