Marianist World Day of Prayer 2019 Resources

The World Council of the Marianist Family has released this resource for the Marianist World Day of Prayer on October 13, 2019.

Episode 11: Finding Family Far from Home (Jessica González Uhlig)

Listen to this episode to hear Jessica share some reflections about what the Marianist Family has meant to her in her personal, professional, and spiritual life. Originally recorded at the 2017 Lay Marianist Assembly in Dayton.

Bibliography of Resources on Marianist Education

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Marianist Education in 2019, we have put together this brief bibliography of some resources related to Marianist education.

200 Years of Marianist Education

See these resources and information from the Society of Mary's General Administration that inform and commemorate 200 years of Marianist education.

Marianist Praxis Book Reading Guide

This free PDF is a reading guide to accompany the book "Marianist Praxis: Building Marianist Educational Culture" by Bro. Stephen Glodek, S.M.

August 13th: Memorial of Blessed Jakob Gapp, S.M. Priest and Martyr

Born July 26, 1897, in Wattens in the Austrian Tyrol, Jakob was the seventh son of Martin Gapp and Antonia Wach. He attended elementary school in his native village and pursued his high school studies in Hall. On May 24, 1915, Italy declared war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This same year, Jakob enlisted in the Austrian army. He was sent to the Italian front, where he was wounded and decorated for his courage. At the end of the war he was taken prisoner. He underwent a great deal of suffering during his captivity. During the war Jakob came under the spell of an idealistic socialism, which led to a crisis of faith. On August 13, 1920, Jakob entered the Marianist novitiate at Greisinghof (Austria).

Episode 10: The Five Silences and Marianist Mindfulness (MSP 2.0 Participants)

Some of the people who participated in the MSP 2.0 program in the summer of 2018 share their reflections about Father Chaminade's Five Silences and how they relate to mindfulness in the 21st century.
MSP 2.0 Five Silences

The Five Silences, Missionary Disciples, and the Call to Accompaniment

Anthony J. Garascia, as part of MSP 2.0, reminds us that Chaminade's Five Silences are not intended for just personal prayer or personal holiness. Rather, the end result should be movement to "accompaniment" and "action." Garascia also compares the System of Virtues to the formation process involved in RCIA.
MSP 2.0 Five Silences

Modern Technology and the Five Silences

In our increasingly wired world, how do we carve out time for silence, especially for those born after the development of the Internet, those who have always had technology at their fingertips? Kay Stone, as part of MSP 2.0, examines the pros and cons of our accelerated world of digital gadgets and provides practical guidance for moments of unplugging to enter into the silent and sacred..

White Privilege Through the Lenses of the Five Silences and Marianist Mindfulness

Maureen Hoock, as part of MSP 2.0, looks at “white privilege” as it relates to the culture of the United States. She uses Blessed Chaminade’s Five Silences and Marianist mindfulness as avenues to draw one to greater empathy and understanding for the need for a true discipleship of equals in modern culture.
MSP 2.0 Five Silences

Marianist Mindfulness: A Guided Retreat

Mike Bennett, a university campus minister, has developed a guided retreat on Marianist mindfulness. This six-day experience draws its inspiration from scripture and Blessed Chaminade’s Five Silences.
MSP 2.0 Five Silences

Silence of the Mind and Faith of the Heart: From Our Head to Our Heart

Father Tom Schroer, SM, as part of MSP 2.0, shares stories from spiritual masters and in the process guides the reader to the importance of emptying the mind in order to fill the heart with a “faith of the heart.” Of interest to Father Tom is the value of the later years of life to this spiritual process.

Building a Marianist Foundation Within Your Family

LeeAnn Meyer, as part of MSP 2.0, has developed a practical guide for using the Five Silences with families, including with young children. Be it dance time, coloring scripture pages, or praying the rosary together, there is something for every family in this guide.

Table Story: The Five Silences and the Olson Circumplex Model

Beth Garascia, as part of MSP 2.0, shares the importance of "silence of words" and "silence of passions" as they relate to family dynamics. Key to her understanding of Chaminade's Five Silences is her reflection on a special table and the family memories that occurred around it.

Marianist Mindfulness—A Gateway to Peace

Diane H. Browne, as part of MSP 2.0, delves into the Hebrew notion of "shalom" as a backdrop into how Marianists can live mindfully in today's society. The essential tools for Browne are the true meaning of peace and Blessed Chaminade's System of Virtues, which special emphasis on the Five Silences.

Community Meeting Kits

Welcome to Marianist Community Meeting Kits. These kits include all you need for a community meeting on a Marianist topic: an opening prayer, program material (articles, podcasts, videos), reflection questions, and a final blessing.

Holy Silence and Contemplative Listening

Marg Van Herk-Paradis, as part of MSP 2.0, has crafted a model to examine Blessed Chaminade’s Five Silences. Of interest to Van Herk-Paradis is the circular nature of the Silences and the interplay between “stance” and "spirit.” Special emphasis is placed on those who minister to the People of God.

Love Your Enemy: A Reflection on the Silence of Passion

Mary Snyder, as part of MSP 2.0, examines life lessons that shape her thinking related to social justice and the need for "nonviolent communication" in today's society. Key to her examination is the practice of Blessed Chaminade's concept of "silence of passion" and the need for dialogue in today's society.

Episode 9: Marianist Lessons from Rough Patches (Linda Zappacosta and Brad Leger)

Listen to Brad interview Linda about her life as a Marianist and some things she learned about God, herself, and Marianist community after her struggle with illness.

Lent Meditation 4: Three O'Clock Prayer Guided Meditation

This last Lenten Meditation is a guided meditation on the Three O'Clock Prayer that transports you to the foot of the Cross with Mary.

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