May has traditionally been a month dedicated to Mary, the mother of God. Many people make the most of fine weather to visit a local shrine and say a prayer to her. She is often asked for help particularly for those doing upcoming exams. The following light hearted story might explain why she is so popular!
The story is told about how God made a tour of heaven to check out the recent arrivals. God was taken aback at the quality of many of those who had been allowed in and so God went to Peter, the gatekeeper, to ask him the meaning of this. “You’ve let me down again”, Peter was told. “You have let in a lot of people who should not be here,” God added. “Not me” said Peter. “How did they get in so?” asked God. “Well” said Peter, “when I turned them away at the front gate, they went around the back and your mother let them in!”