It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Thursday, May 3, 2012

First Saturday of May -- Supermoon

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: On this first Saturday in the month of Mary (May) 2012, the skies will be illuminated by a "supermoon."   While there is nothing astronomically special about this occurrence, I do find it spiritually special, in that it coincidentally occurs this year in the month of Mary, when the Fatima apparitions began, and the First Five Saturdays devotion was later revealed.  Both the month of May and Saturday are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Catholic Church, and the moon is seen as an iconographic symbol of Mary.  She is often depicted standing on a crescent moon.  The reason for this is simple.  The moon represents Mary only because it reflects the light of the sun.  It is this reflection that gives the moon its glowing bright appearance.  Without the sun to shine on it, there is no reflection, and the moon is dark.  Naturally, if Mary is symbolically depicted in the moon, then Jesus Christ is symbolically depicted in the sun, because Christ is the source of the light his mother Mary reflects, just as the sun is the source of the light the moon reflects.  If the moon is bright, it is only because it reflects the light of the sun which is brighter.  If Mary is "bright" it is only because she reflects the light of her Son who is "brighter."  So on this First Saturday in the month of May, say a rosary, and be sure to do so under the light of the supermoon if you get a chance.  It's sure to be a beautiful sight indeed...