Hannah van Schie is the new Director of Marist Laity, a teacher aide and a busy wife

    and mum to three children. She has written a reflection “On Confidence and Conviction”

   – pondering these attributes in light of Mary and the early Marists. 

For the Marist Laity and Marian Mothers reflection material click HERE

An easy to print Marist Laity and Marian Mothers guide to the reflection can be found HERE

Begin with Thanksgiving and Prayer, then read  John 2 1:11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.

Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.

When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” (and) Jesus said to her “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”





  • Read the Scripture again to yourself, then share a word, phrase, or sense that touches you.

  • Read the reflection (link above).


Simply use these questions as starters to guide your sharing.


  • Has a little child ever made you smile and reflect on something deeper?

  • Who or what sparks confidence in you?

  • Who in your life is seeking conviction or needing confidence?

  • Think of a challenging time in your life that you were eventually able to face with grace – what confidence can be gained from that experience?

  • Are there parts of the early Marist story that inspire confidence in you? Share any stories you know or google “A certain Way” by Fr Craig Larkin sm to read some. 






Wait on the Lord, be of good courage…and he will strengthen your heart.      

Psalm 27 verse 14




Pray for each other’s needs then conclude with this prayer


Lord, share with me something of Mary’s confidence and generosity of spirit.

Help me to be still. Inspire me to undertake your work, and Mary’s work joyfully.

Allow me the grace to share my own confidence and my own faith to support those around me.

Mary of confidence, courage and deep conviction

– Pray for us.