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Seasonal Reflections

Please enjoy these seasonal reflections. We hope they help you in your spiritual comtemplation and bring you peace, whatever the season may be.

Thanksgiving, a time of gratitude
by Mariano Rizzuto, S.M

One of the early Greek philosophers said that all things are in flux.When I look at the change of seasons, I can imagine what he meant — the trees are green one morning and then suddenly leaves that are green turn to gold. READ MORE>

Carrying Jesus
By Edwin L. Keel, S.M.

Most Catholics know that the word advent means coming or arrival, so that Advent is the season when we prepare for the coming or arrival or birth of our Savior. READ MORE>

Mary, Bearing the Light to the World and Hope to an Advent People
By Joel Konzen, S.M.

We are sometimes able to add to our Christian understanding through the sayings of Jewish rabbis that have come down over the years.READ MORE>

"Christmas Prayer" by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) and "Christmas Speaks To Me" by Fr. Wilfrid Duffy, S.M. (1915-1993) (Fr. Duffy was a Marist Father from England, who taught at Marist College, Framingham, MA) READ MORE>

"Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments…" (Joel 2:12-13)

Ash Wednesday is the time most of us hear those words, some of us will proclaim them; the real question is how well do we live them?
by Bruce J. Lery, S.M. READ MORE>

“…we are wound With mercy round and round…”
by Ted Keating, S.M.

One of the most beautiful poems by the great Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins is "The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe." READ MORE>

Mary: Icon of the Spirit
by Pat Bearsley, S.M.

The month of May - which is the month of Mary and the feast of Pentecost, let us reflect on Mary the mother of the Church as revealed to us by Luke in his account of Pentecost in the Acts of the Apostles.

Our Lady by Laura James

(read more about artist)


A Marian Church
by François Març, S.M.

This artwork, created by Laura James, has been chosen by our Province to symbolize a modern image for Mary, Our Mother of Mercy.

I would like to plead for a Marian Church; not for a church which multiplies processions and blesses huge statues…. rather a Church which "lives the Gospel after the manner of Mary." READ MORE>

Mary- Everyone's Mother
by Kevin Duggan, S.M.

On May 11, Mother's Day, restaurants will be overflowing, the fragrance of flowers will fill homes, and millions of cards will attempt to express in words our gratitude for the love our Moms have showered us with through the years. READ MORE>

You are invited to enjoy this piano instrumental while reading the reflection.

Mary: Woman of Faith
by Pat Bearsley, S.M.

One of the surprising effects of the Second Vatican Council on the life of the Church in recent years has been the dramatic drop in practical devotion to Mary. And this is all the more surprising when we recall that the Council itself spoke most beautifully of Mary in the last chapter of its great Constitution on the Church. READ MORE>

Venerable Colin, however, always loved to recall to mind, that he had done nothing in the foundation of the Society and, at the most, was only a passive instrument. If his word is to be taken in the matter, the real Foundress was the Blessed Virgin.

from The Society of Mary First Centenary 1836 – 1936. READ MORE>

Mary at the Foot of the Cross
by Ted Keating, S.M., adapted from an essay by Peter Allan, S.M.*

Marist founder Jean Claude Colin talked and wrote a great deal about the inspiration for the Society in Mary’s commitment to be with the Church in these times as she had been with the newborn Church. 

He spoke much of our seeking to be like Mary in the midst of the Apostles at Pentecost, so many assumed that Colin was likely speaking about those sunny moments of the new Church empowered by the Spirit and ready to go off and bring Christ to the world with enthusiasm and joy. READ MORE>

The Changing Face of Mary
by Patrick Bearsley, S.M. (adapted for use on the web)

The Changing Faces 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. Each painter sees the subject differently, but each portrait is a true likeness, capturing different facets of the mystery of that person.

And so it is with Mary. Her image in Christian consciousness is constantly changing. She is always recognizably 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. READ MORE>



Please take a moment to enjoy this beautiful music for the season.

Link to beautiful music for Advent
Veni, Veni, Emmanuel
by Haley Westenra

Enjoy this brief and ancient Easter chantsung in Latin by the Benedictine monks of Santo Domingo de Silos.

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
by J. S. Bach
(Myra Hess transcription)
Maria Dolnycky, piano

Link to Regina Caeli
Regina Caeli/ "Queen of Heaven"

Enjoy this brief and
classic chant sung in Latin.

Link to Regina Caeli
“Veni Creator Spiritus”
(with both Latin and English lyrics)

Enjoy this reflective version of the Magnificat by Bernard Reichel (August 3, 1901 – December 10, 1992) a 20th-century classical composer from the French-speaking part of Switzerland: (click red title)

Magnificat - Bernard Reichel - YouTube

Lyrics: Magnificat anima mea Dominum, et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo, salutari meo.

Translation: My soul magnifies my Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God, my savior.

Enjoy this brief Gregorian chant
"Virgo Dei Genitrix" in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Virgo Dei Genitrix / Virgin Mother of God
Virgo Dei Genitrix
(Virgin Mother of God)

The Seven Sorrows of Mary Stabat Mater Dolorosa, Liber Usualis p. 1634.  Latin lyrics sung by the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint Maurice et Saint Maur de Clervaux
The Seven Sorrows of Mary
Stabat Mater Dolorosa,
Liber Usualis p. 1634