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.
Urgent Prayer Request
220 Catholic adults and children kidnapped
by ISIS in Syria; 19 released; others face death
if adults don’t renounce Catholic faith
Multiple news sources, including Catholic News Service, are reporting that members of the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul were among a group of 220 Christians kidnapped in northeast Syria on February 28 by the extremist rebel group known as ISIS.
Nineteen captives were released on March 1, according to an Associated Press report, indicating that the released hostages appeared to be age 50 or older. According to the Assyrian Human Rights Network, these 19 captives were ordered released by a Shariah court after paying an unspecified amount of money levied as a tax on non-Muslims.
The hostages still in ISIS captivity comprise adults and children under the threat of death if the adults in the group do not deny their Christian faith.
Rev. John Freund, CM, a Vincentian priest, has reposted a message he received electronically from a Sister Monique, of the Vincentian Daughters of Charity, which reads:
"Late Sunday afternoon on March 1, 2015, I received a message from M. Francoise, a delegate of the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul [in Rome], and I managed to reach her by telephone.
"She was leaving for Paris, and collapsed at the news she had just received: members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Syria were kidnapped, along with their wives and children.
"The children were isolated and put into cages. Adults who do not deny their faith will be decapitated, and their children burned alive in the cages.
"M. Francoise had been in regular contact with several of them before all this occurred. She asked me to transmit the news and make a fervent appeal for prayers for these people, and all who are held hostage.
"Let us remain fervently united in prayer, and have as our intention the welfare of all brothers and sisters in our Christian faith who are being held hostage.”
Fr. Freund’s posting about the release of the 19 hostages can be found on the Vincentian website famvin news In this statement, Fr. Freund shared: “The news provided a modicum of relief to a Christian Assyrian community that has been devastated by the abductions, which saw Islamic State fighters haul off entire families from a string of villages along the Khabur River in Hassakeh province.
"But fears remain over the fate of the hundreds still held captive."
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
|‘We are now in the age of Mary. Yes, indeed, for this is an age of indifference, unbelief, an age of crime, of false learning, of this earth… That is why in these last days she has appeared with her hands stretched out towards the earth, with her hands full of rays, which stand for graces, being poured forth upon men. What gratitude we show to Mary for having chosen us to spread her Society comprising the three branches, because Mary intends to cover the whole earth with her mantle.’ (FS 78:2)|
Preparing Ourselves to be Better Christians
By Joe Wilhelm, SM
What are you giving up for Lent? This is a common question to Catholics on Ash Wednesday. I prefer to think of Lent as a call to do rather than do without: "turning away from sin and being faithful to the Gospel," the words that are said to us on receiving ashes.
What do I want to do for Lent? I want to do what is needed to enable me to be a better Christian at Easter than I was at the beginning of Lent.
As a Marist I like to see this improvement as taking the form of a better response on my part to Jesus' words from the Cross when he entrusted his Mother to St. John: "Behold your Son, behold your mother." I think of these words as addressed to me also: "Behold my mother." Jesus is asking me too to take his mother into my life.
What can I do so I can better respond to this commission?
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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