Bev has shared a reflection from the Superior General, Fr. John Larsen. He shares and reflects on the parting words of former Superior General Fr Hannan - "The status quo is not working!" - and tells us we need to keep taking the initiative to respond to the needs of people who are suffering in these times.
For the current reflection and discussion guide click HERE to download the document.
To look at previous Marist Laity reflections Click HERE
July Reflection and News for Marian Mothers
Mary, Woman of Wisdom
"Vigorous, even in old age, still fresh and green, they proclaim that the Lord is just." This is a marvellous portrayal of Mary - Seat of Wisdom. We see no longer the girl of the Annunciation, but a woman who's lived through complex and challenging times.
For the MARIAN MOTHERS current reflection and discussion guide Click HERE to download the document.
For Marian Mothers current news and events click HERE
For Marian Mothers previous reflections, click HERE
Cyclone Harold wreaks devastation on the church mission at Melsisi, Pentecost, Vanuatu.
A Prayer of Spiritual Communion is for those times when we desire but cannot receive Holy Communion. Through it we are united to the Eucharist being celebrated. We encourage you to actively participate in the Eucharist even through the virtual medium. Pray the following or similar at the time Holy Communion would be shared and consumed.
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You are being received in Holy Communion at this time and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
(popularised by St Alphonsus Liguori)
Marist Prayer for Mercy from Covid19
we pray through the intercession of our Founder,
Father Jean-Claude Colin,
and Mary, Mother of Mercy,
for all people affected by the new coronavirus,
that everyone may know your love and protection.
We pray for all Marists throughout the world,
especially for our senior and vulnerable brothers and sisters.
May we know your special protection and care.
We also pray for all those with whom we share the Work of Mary
and for all whom we serve in our different ministries.
May all people experience your healing and protective grace
in all that is happening among us.
We fly to your protection,
0 Holy Mother of God;
Despise not our prayers in our necessities
But in your mercy hear and answer us.
Venerable Jean Claude Colin - pray for us.
Mary, Queen of the Apostles - pray for us.
Living The Word Sunday Mass Readings and Reflections
While we are unable to physically attend Mass, Go Deeper into the Word!
The Mass Readings for every Sunday of the Year are available with reflections to ponder in your own time . You will be graced.
These Reflections by Fr Frank Bird SM and/or Bev McDonald,(Marist Laity NZ and ACSD) will help you grow in Living the Word. You can sign up to receive them HERE
They are ideal for either individuals or groups and can be used equally well before or after each Sunday. Check it out and share it in your parish.
While targeted to younger adults it is ideal for all age groups. Marist Laity has accepted responsibility for ensuring this scripture resource continues to be available. Let's stay in the Word and Live the Word as Mary did.
To be Marist is to want to encounter Jesus, to love, serve and follow him in Marys way and to share his love with others. We encourage the spiritual growth of families, lay groups and individuals wishing to grow in their Christian journey. Mary wants to gather everyone into Gods family and all are welcome. More...
Father Jean Claude Colin, Founder; Pray for Us.
Fr Colin's spiritual and practical legacy was immense.
There is a new website to help promote the cause of Fr J C Colin. The URL address remains the same. Check it out HERE
We ask Fr Colin to pray that Lay and Religious Marists will again catch the vision to be instruments of Gods mercy in Mary's name. May we work to build a Marian church of mercy for the greater glory of God and the honour of his mother. We pray for the full flowering of Fr Colin's vision for Laity. Jean Claude Colin website