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.
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.
Dorothy Day, a light for justice
Dorothy Day (1897-1980), who is currently being considered for canonization at the urging of the Archdiocese of New York, had close contacts with the Marists in the early days surrounding her conversion to Catholicism in the late 1920s.
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.'
The Marists of the U.S. Province
offer you this Easter Blessing:
May the peace of the Risen Lord
be with you all.
May the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace in
believing, so that you may
abound in hope by the power
of the Holy Spirit.
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.
NEW ORLEANS (April 17, 2015)
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|THE MARIST WAY|
|St. Peter Chanel Novena of Prayer for Vocations to the Society of Mary 2015
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