Doing the Work of Mary
Today, we continue in the venture to renew the spirit and mission of the Church as a place of collaboration and true spiritual enrichment.
We invite you to discover that true strength is found in gentleness. Marist spirituality invites us to embrace this liberating truth, which comes to us from the heart of God, by following Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Like Mary, we too can hear the gentle rhythms of the grace of God in our lives by making our own her manner of thinking, judging, feeling, and acting.
Mary's way is a direct path to the divine heart of mercy.
From Our Founder
'Let us take courage and work hard, but always hidden and unknown. Let us keep away from those who rely on a merely human eloquence. The Society must begin a new Church over again. I do not mean that in a literal sense, that would be blasphemy. But still, in a certain sense, yes, we must begin a new Church.' (FS 120:1)
Thanksgiving, a time of gratitude
One of the early Greek philosophers said that all things are in flux. When I look at the change of seasons, I can imagine what he meant – the trees are green one morning and then suddenly leaves that are green turn to gold.
Like the changing leaves, my understanding of gratitude changes from thanks for this or that gift, to a grateful heart for the gift of life and for my faith.
During the Cycle of Thanksgiving and Christmas, I reflect on the fact that Thanksgiving in our culture is a time for us to give thanks for the many freedoms we have in our country. It is a time when we wonder and give praise for the wedding of the human and the divine — we remember the time when God becomes one of us and is with us.
From its founding, the Society of Mary has worked to help the Church reflect the spirit of Mary: gentle, loving, humble, relational, inclusive, and merciful. Since coming to the United States 150 years ago, the Marists continue to renew the spirit and mission of the church as a place of collaboration and true spiritual enrichment. During these years, Marist spirituality and the richness of the Marist way of life has touched deeply countless Americans who have craved authentic living in the light of the incarnate Son of God, Jesus. Marists have come to know that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the key to this way of life.
(from “Celebrating 150 Years of Service in Helping Build the U.S. Church," Marist calendar 2013)
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