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.
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Pope Francis has warned of an "unprecedented destruction of ecosystems" and “serious consequences for all of us” if humanity fails to act on climate change, in his encyclical on the environment, published June 18, 2015 by the Vatican. Read More>
Update to this Urgent Prayer Request
In a Reuters report dated May 20, 2015, the terror group, ISIS has demanded $23 million for the release of Christian families kidnapped in February. Syrian Catholic Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo responded that no one in the region has the financial ability to pay the ransom.
Assyrian Christians fleeing ISIS from Syria who've made it to Beirut, Lebanon, have said that their children were forced to watch beheadings and other atrocities carried out by the Islamic militants. Over 220 Assyrians remain in captivity, with ISIS demanding millions in ransoms.
"Our children saw many beheadings," said Jack Zayya, an Assyrian Christian refugee, according to World Crunch, a Paris-based website that curates and translates news from international media sources. "We were obligated to watch public executions. What kind of world is that for kids to grow up in? They were always scared."
We Renew our Call For Prayers In This Dire Situation
Please join the Marists in our intercessory prayer for our Vincentian brothers and sisters who are being held and threatened on the basis of their faith, by ISIS.
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.'
Mary: Icon of the Spirit
The month of May - which is the month of Mary and the feast of Pentecost, let us reflect on Mary the mother of the Church as revealed to us by Luke in his account of Pentecost in the Acts of the Apostles.
Marists are often quick to point out that Mary was the first and perfect disciple of the Lord. If we want to know what discipleship means we have only to consider her life, a life that modeled faith, humility and love. Marist Craig Larkin tells us that Luke's Gospel explains why Mary is the perfect disciple. She heard the word of God and accepted it wholeheartedly, believed what she heard would be fulfilled, and cherished and pondered what she had been told. More than listening and more than pondering, Mary put into practice what she had heard.
Maria Boulding, Benedictine nun and spiritual writer, suggests that like Mary, the Church receives the word of the Lord, ponders it in her heart, and gives it life. This requires a certain discipline, a discipline that includes quiet and shared prayerfulness, an openness to the Spirit, a willingness to trust the word of God and to be faithful to that word in our daily lives. It requires something else. It calls upon us to joyfully and with conviction practice what we have come to accept. In following this discipline, we model our lives after Mary, the first and perfect disciple, whose only desire was to lead others to Christ.
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