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A Certain Way

Part Three: On mission
There's only one Gospel: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But there are different ways of living the Gospel. Francis of Assisi, Dominic, Ignatius of Loyola and many others found different ways of applying the Gospel of Jesus to the needs of their times. In 19th century France a group of people found a way of living the Gospel that answered some of the spiritual needs of their post-Revolution world. This was new and refreshing in their day. It's still fresh today.

Read "A Certain Way" from the beginning.


On Mission Introduction: Setting out

The Gospel writers Matthew, Mark and Luke seem to connect three "moments" in Jesus' life.

First, at his Baptism, Jesus heard God call him a "beloved Son"; then, immediately afterwards, he was led by the Spirit into the desert in order to be tested; and finally, he left the desert and began his mission.

A Certain Way/On Mission

Jesus was chosen by God; he was tested in the desert; and he set out on mission.

St Mark's Gospel is full of a sense of urgency as he describes Jesus going from place to place on this mission, urging his disciples, "Let us go elsewhere so that I can preach there, because that is why I came."

In one way or another every disciple of Jesus will experience these same moments of choice, testing and mission. It was the experience of Mary, the first disciple of Jesus, and it was the experience of the first apostles.

The same pattern of grace was seen in the first Marists. When Jean-Claude Courveille told his fellow seminarians that he had "heard" in his heart Mary saying "Here is what I want", they began to realise that Mary was inviting them to undertake a work that she had in mind. And they understood that they had been invited into, or chosen for, something bigger than themselves.

The years of preparation and foundation were years of testing as the project matured in the minds and hearts of the founding Marists Champagnat, Chavoin and Colin. For Colin, this time of testing and forming was a time of "tasting God" in prayer.

But to "taste God" is also to develop a taste for
those whom God cares for most particularly –
the lost, the abandoned, the confused, those on
the margins, the sinners, the non-believers.

And so, from the very start, the Marist project was to be a missionary venture, an enterprise which would push those who joined it to the boundaries of the church and to the boundaries of the world.

Within months of the first profession ceremony for the Society of Mary, Marist priests and brothers had set out to the very ends of the known world. They were soon joined by lay women and then by sisters.

And since then, the history of the enterprise has been one of setting out and setting out again for wherever there is need.

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The first Marists were
men and women of rock,
and the origins of
Marist spirituality were hewn, almost literally, out of rock.

But what those pioneers found
was fresh for their times.

And for ours.

...in Mary the woman  we can see a reflection  in human terms of  the maternal qualities  of God, especially  the qualities of mercy and compassion.

In Mary, act and
spirituality are one.

 

 

But to "taste God"
is also to develop
a taste for those
whom God cares for
most particularly –
the lost,
the abandoned,
the confused,
those on
the margins,
the sinners,
the non-believers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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