Today begins the month of Mary, so we greet her specially on this day. St Bernard wrote: ‘O you, whoever you are, who feel that in the tidal wave of this world you are nearer to being tossed about among the squalls and gales than treading on dry land: if you do not want to founder in the tempest, do not avert your eyes from the brightness of this star. When the wind of temptation blows up within you, when you strike upon the rock of tribulation, gaze up at this star, call out to Mary’.

As we honour her, let us also ask for her intercession in all that troubles us. May her prayer see us safely through all, and may God bless you this day.