November is traditionally the time that we pray for all those who have died,

and in his presentation David Kennerley SM focuses on Mary Magdalene’s

response to the empty tomb, offering us much hope and encouragement on

our own faith journey.

For the reflection material click HERE
An easy to print Marist Laity guide can be found HERE

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Begin with Thanksgiving and Prayer, then read John 20:1-10    (the empty tomb)

 It was early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala

came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved and came running

to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the

Lord out of the tomb’ she said, ‘and we don’t know where they have put him…’




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

  • Listen to the Reflection or Read the Script.


To Listen online, click HERE


 From Marian Mothers Charter # 9

Mary is Mother of the Church, given to us from the cross by Jesus. 

Mary has a special bond with, and responsibility for, women who share her vocation.

         “Woman, this is your son;  this is your mother.”  John 19:26




These questions can be used as a guide for your sharing

  • What struck you most from the reflection?   

  • Mary Magdalene, Peter, John the Beloved Disciple all had to grow into faith. What ‘lessons’ do you need to take from that?

  • Re-read Werner von Braun’s reflection. What do you want to say to God now?

  • Praying for the dead seems a very Catholic thing to do. Do you know of any other cultures that do this and what their traditions are? There are many in fact, so what’s that saying about the human spirit, and the yearnings of the human heart?






Pray with and for each other then conclude with this prayer


Ever-living God, I believe that everyone of us

comes from you and returns to you.

That is the ultimate truth underlying the cycles of nature.

Help me, help us, to live into this great mystery.

Because your love for us so is so great,

you want us with you forever.

Death really is a matter then

of “life changing, not ending.”

For this, we thank and praise you,

through Christ, our resurrection and our life.


Mary assumed into heaven, pray for us.