Marist spirituality connects us to the spirit of Mary and her desire to see the Gospel of her Son be born anew in the Church community and the world. Each person of the Marist family has a sense of being chosen and called by Mary to do "the work of Mary." This means more than honoring or imitating her virtues; it is a life-long journey to take on the mind and heart of Mary and make her visible in and through us. In doing so, we hope that people will see beyond us to the source of her faith, Jesus Christ.
Explore with us the ways Mary can transform our lives and inspire us to care for others.
John Thornhill is a Marist Father with an international reputation as a writer and lecturer in theology. He was a member of the International Theological Commission (1980-1985), appointed by Pope John Paul II. For several years he was a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC II). We hope that John's Reflections will help you deepen your spiritual life through the listening of the Word of God in Scripture. Each one aims to develop a seminal idea which will nourish personal prayer, and give direction to the week's journey of faith.
(Thanks to John Thornhill sm, author of The Emmaus Series at www.theemmausseries.com)
Take five minutes out of your busy day to refresh your soul.
Take Five will introduce you to "A Certain Way" with excerpts from the book by that title. We hope you enjoy "taking five" minutes to read and contemplate each month as we follow this wonderful path.
A Certain Way
There is a certain way of living the Gospel, the way Mary lived it, as understood by a group of people called Marists. This is the story of those men and women who in the 1800's committed themselves to what they called "The Work of Mary" and began a movement which is still developing today. It is also the story of what makes today's Marists think, judge and act. Over the years, many people have provided scholarly research into the origins and spirituality of the Marist project. Many have added to it. Resources such as "A Certain Way" come alive only when they are sought, searched and used. By reading this, you have already brought further life to the Marist project, but how will you let it speak?
Pray With Us
In prayer and meditation on the mystery of Mary's presence at the birth of the Church, Jean-Claude Colin discovered how the Society should be present in the Church of his time. In the same way, a Marist learns to "taste God" and discover for himself in prayer how, by belonging to her Society, he must live the spirit of Mary.
The voice of God, who speaks in the quiet of our hearts, is rendered almost inaudible. We Marists 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 faith is a model for us all. Though not understanding the fullness of God's mystery and plan, aware of her own limitations and the harsh reality of the world around her, she nonetheless accepted God's Word and was willing to bear the gift of God's Son. We are encouraged to be as open and trusting of God's call to us.
The spiritual life is
nourished and sustained
by contemplation of
the word of God.
|Marists and Prayer
Private prayer, for which Christ found time and space even on the busiest days of his ministry, cannot be omitted without presumption by those who call themselves his disciples. Fidelity to the spirit of prayer and to prayer itself is one of their first duties.
Community prayer is vital for those who undertake a spiritual and apostolic venture together. It is an expression of faith and solidarity, and demands a creative search for new forms, such as reading the Scriptures together in faith, shared prayer, and reflection.
A Marist shall have recourse to Mary with confidence and each day entrust to her the concerns of the Society.
In prayer and reflection
a Marist may deepen his understanding of what it means to belong to a Society which bears the name of Mary.