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|
|'A priest, especially a religious priest, who feels no need to study will be held responsible for it, and will have a lot to answer for on Judgment Day.'
The Changing Face of Mary
A quick trip down the centuries of Christian devotion to Mary is like walking through an art gallery hung with portraits of the same person painted by different artists. Each painter sees the subject differently, but each portrait is a true likeness, capturing different facets of the mystery of that person.
And so it is with Mary. Her image in Christian consciousness is constantly changing. She is always recognizably the Mother of the Lord, but one age will emphasize one facet of her personality or role in salvation, and at another time some other aspect receives prominence.
Already in the Gospels this variation can be seen. In Mark's Gospel (the earliest) she is barely mentioned, and in the one brief incident where she makes a significant appearance, the reader is left with an ambivalent impression of her (Mk 3.20-21, 31-34). In Matthew's Gospel she remains a shadowy figure – Joseph is much more prominent in the story of Jesus' infancy – but she does have an important role as the mother of the Saviour. Luke gives the most detailed portrait of Mary, presenting her both as disciple and mother – one who wholeheartedly accepts the word of God and thus becomes the mother of the Lord. John invests her with strong symbolic significance in his Gospel, presenting her as not only the mother of Jesus, but also the mother of all disciples (Calvary), ever on the watch for their welfare (Cana).
Saint John XXIII and the Marists have much in common. Pope John is quoted as saying that "Nowadays, the Spouse of Christ (the Church) prefers to make use of the "medicine of mercy" rather than the "medicine of severity" when relating to people. The Pope then went on to say that the Church meets the needs of the present day by demonstrating the truths of her teachings through gentle persuasion rather than by condemnation. Mercy and gentle persuasion have long been virtues Marists have strived to live out in their daily life and ministry. Let us pray that as a Marist people we will continue to advance those virtues.
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