The month of May is a celebration of Mary, Holy Mother of God. In the Homily of Pope Francis from the Vatican Basilica on Monday, 1 January 2018, the day we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God, Pope Francis reminded us that:

“Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life. Looking to the Mother, we are asked to leave behind all sorts of useless baggage and to rediscover what really matters. The gift of the Mother, the gift of every mother and every woman, is most precious for the Church, for she too is mother and woman. While a man often abstracts, affirms and imposes ideas, a woman, a mother, knows how to “keep”, to put things together in her heart, to give life. If our faith is not to be reduced merely to an idea or a doctrine, all of us need a mother’s heart, one which knows how to keep the tender love of God and to feel the heartbeat of all around us. May the Mother, God’s finest human creation, guard and keep this year, and bring the peace of her Son to our hearts and to our world.”

Source:, July 13, 2018, July 13, 2018

As we consider the communication strength we can look to these words to help us understand how communication is used for influence. The language used in this section of the homily brings to life how our heartbeat keeps the tender love of God all around us. By bringing to mind the image of a precious quiet mother, Pope Francis is able to instill peace within us. Naturally, he can evoke this because of his strong faith, but it is also the art of communication. The communicator uses language to describe, explain, entertain, and energize. Storytelling, public speaking, and presenting brings the communicator to life. They love to pique interest and inspire others. Jesus likely had communication among his top strengths. Communicators are often cooperative, interactive, educational, and likable since they are easy to talk with. Their power of words can help students to understand abstract ideas, bring meaning to concepts and procedures, and add value to policy and guidelines. The communicator can sell a glass of water to a drowning man.

In the classroom, these teachers are at ease. They have an easy natural way of interacting with students and colleagues. Students often like listening to these teachers so much that they don’t realize how much they are actually learning. Student communicators are talkative. They could have the reputation of being a blabbermouth or show-off. They might be thought of as self-absorbed, needing attention, or as a poor listener. Communicators will benefit from learning active and empathetic listening strategies, how to interject politely and respectfully, and how to read their audience in order to choose the right words. Because they are natural entertainers, communicators will be among us to share the joy of our faith during the Marion month and throughout the year.