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The May Edition - May Belongs to Our Lady!

The close of winter’s chill and the warm spring air bring about the bloom of flowers, the budding of trees, and the return of the songbirds that had hunkered down for the last four months.  While Spring technically began in March, the month of May shakes off that last touch of old Jack Frost.

This Sunday is May 1, commonly referred to as May Day, and parishes around the globe will be placing a glorious crown of flowers upon Our Lady’s head.  The tradition of dedicating the month of May to Our Lady is usually traced back to King Alfonso X of Castille back in the 13th century.  Alfonso’s “Cantigas de Santa Maria” (Canticles of Holy Mary) – which was the largest musical collection entirely dedicated to the Blessed Virgin at that time – mentions several specific dates throughout the month of May that were dedicated to the honor of Our Lady.  Through the centuries, Catholics throughout Christendom would enjoy several feasts honoring Mary and in the 1700’s the archbishop of Genoa encouraged his people to practice family devotions to Our Lady throughout the month.

There can be no doubt that the month of May belongs to Our Lady!
Ever envious and hateful of the Woman Clothed with the Sun, the ancient serpent will do everything possible to usurp and defile those things which belong to her.  In May of 1886, an incident took place in Chicago that would lead to the annual celebration of Marxism on the first of every May.  Following the publication of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto in the middle of the 19th century, labor unions throughout the world began to adopt Marx’s revolutionary philosophy.  In October of 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (FOTLU) held a convention wherein it was determined that on May 1, 1886, labor unions throughout the country would all begin to strike for an 8-hour workday.  So tens of thousands of union members took to the streets to demonstrate in major US cities like New York, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Chicago.  For several days, these men gathered, chanted, marched, shouted, picketed, and rallied around speech after speech.  On the third of May, anarchist unionists surged the gates of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Plant in Chicago to attack workers who had refused to participate in the strike.  As the chaos quickly rose to violence, police fired into the crowd killing several men.  The incident quickly led to riots against “police violence” as pamphlets calling for “workmen to arm themselves” and “appear in full force” quickly circulated throughout the city.

On the evening of May 4, a crowd of about 3,000 unionists gathered in Haymarket to hear anarchist leaders give speeches.  At around 10:30 that night, police arrived on the scene to disperse the crowd, and as the last speech had reached its conclusion, a home-made bomb was lobbed at the police, instantly killing one and mortally wounding six others.  As soon as the bomb exploded, the anarchists and the police began shooting at each other, resulting in at least four more fatalities the wounding of 70 others.

Now referred to as “The Haymarket Affair” or “May Day,” unionists and socialists gather together every May 1 as a commemoration of what they refer to as their “struggle.”  In 1888, after the FOTLU changed its name to the AFL (now the AFL-CIO), it arranged for another demonstration on May 1 centered around the 8-hour workday.  In 1889, the Marxist International Socialist Congress met in Paris adopting a resolution for a "great international demonstration" in support of working-class demands for the eight-hour day.  In 1904, the Sixth Conference of the Second International (international communism), issued a rallying cry for "all Social Democratic Party organizations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the eight-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace."

And now … annual May Day celebrations around the world are thoroughly imbued with Marxist rhetoric, symbolism, and ideologies.

In our own research, we regularly find organizations receiving funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) participating in May Day celebrations.  And where we find that, we almost always discover that they are also committed to Marxism.

For instance, a frequent May Day participant is the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center (CIWC). Here is an example of CIWC promoting may Day on its own social media channels:

CIWC routinely receives a national grant of tens of thousands of dollars from the CCHD, even though its director, Brennan Greyson is an actual member of the Democratic Socialists of America.  The Workers’ Center also runs a public group that promotes socialism.

Another example is Brandworkers International. Brandworkers makes a huge fundraising push every May Day, last year holding occult tarot card readings according to their own Facebook post:

And, true to form, Brandworkers’ current executive director, Gabriel Morales, has a habit of making Marxist revolutionary social media posts:

As Fulton Sheen says, “evil has its hour, but God has His day!”  For now, the ancient serpent has the day of May 1 dedicated to its revolution.  But Our Lady has her month!  When she first began appearing in Fatima, Portugal in May of 1917, the world had no idea the revolutionary flames that would erupt just five months later.  It was Our Lady’s right hand which put out the flames emanating from the angel’s sword in the third secret, and it is her heel which will crush the head of the world revolutionary movement.  So, this Sunday, be sure to honor Our Lady with a crown of flowers.  And next Saturday, let’s renew our five First Saturdays of reparation for the Immaculate Heart.  She promised that her heart would triumph, but we have a part to play in that.

Hail Virgin, dearest Mary!
Our lovely Queen of May!
O spotless, blessed Lady,
Our lovely Queen of May.
Your children, humbly bending,
Surround your shrine so dear;
With heart and voice ascending,
Sweet Mary, hear our prayer.

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As always, please pray for the Church, for our bishops, priests, deacons, and for Lepanto's mission as we continue to unearth the truth and "restore all things to Christ." (Col. 1:20)

Christus Vincit!

Michael Hichborn
Lepanto Insititute