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Spiritual Reflections

The Work of Mary and the Marists
The early Marists were convinced that Mary had chosen them to form a new family in the Church – one which would bear her name and do her work of saving souls. Theologically this claim cannot be "proved"; but nor on the other hand can it be "disproved" if only for the reason that theology cannot put restrictions on the work of God. If God wanted to use Mary to inspire the early Marists to establish the Society of Mary, it is not for the theologians to say he cannot do so.

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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. Her image in Christian consciousness is constantly changing. She is always recognisably 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.

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Mary, Woman of Faith
Pope Paul VI actively encouraged devotion to Mary by proclaiming her "Mother of the Church" and recommending a contemporary form of devotion most eloquently in his Marialis Cultus. The official teaching on Mary has never been better. Yet it seems to have been met by a resounding silence on the part of the faithful.

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Mary: The First Disciple
Mary is mentioned for the last time in the New Testament in the opening chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. There she is pictured with the Apostles, praying and waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This last glimpse of her evokes a powerful image that has been retained faithfully in the Church's memory down through the ages.

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Mary, Woman of the Spirit
The last 20 years or so have seen a renewal of interest in the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian. The Charismatic movement has given prominence to the power of the Spirit in the Church, but a lively awareness of his presence is not confined merely to those who belong to the movement. It is now widespread in the Church and is truly one of the distinctive marks of the Church's contemporary self awareness.

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Pope Francis has decreed that "the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church," should be inscribed in the Roman Calendar on the Monday after Pentecost and be celebrated every year in churches throughout the world.

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Mary
The Spirit Filled Woman

The relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit is obviously a most intimate one, but we should be chary of imagery which suggests that it was a sort of marriage partnership.

Although there is a tradition in the Church white calls Mary "the Bride of the Holy Spirit", and the Spirit "the Spouse of the Virgin Mary", we should be cautious in our use of such images.

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