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By Alison R. Cawley and Lawrence J. Cada, SM
Hospitable, inviting, prayerful, and thoughtful are words often used to describe the warmth of welcome when one first meets a Marianist. But just what is the source of these qualities . . . that something deeper that inspires the soul and keeps one focused on doing the work of Mary and Jesus day after day, year after year, in good times and in bad? This Things Marianist examines the “keep on keeping on” aspect to Marianist life that is known as stability.
This paper addresses three components of Marianist spirituality: empowerment of the laity, Mary, and community. The historical relevance of the establishment of lay groups in Bordeaux is compared in two major biographies of Father Chaminade, and the characteristics of the early communities are presented as a model for today's Church.