Blessed Are We: How Our Missionary Zeal Can Build the Marian Church

Margaret M. Lisjak, as part of MSP 2.0, has developed a practical guide with reflection questions related to the concept of "missionary zeal." Lisjak draws her inspiration from Mary and from our Marianist origin story. The resource she has created is excellent to use for a community gathering or in a retreat setting.

Marianist Education Webinar Videos

Watch these videos recorded from the Marianist Education Webinars hosted by NACMS on March 3 and 4, 2020, about Marianist middle/high schools and Marianist universities.
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

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.

Zonta, FMI Circular no. 13, In the Light of the Beatitudes

Using the beatitudes as a spiritual backdrop pertaining to Adèle's beatification, Sister Franca Zonta, FMI, expounds on Adèle's fidelity to God and her witness to the "bottom up movement" within the Church: holiness found in the the faithfulness to God's call in the ordinary moments of life.
Timothy Phillips, SM

Story of the Beginning of the Sodality of the Madeleine, the MLC of 1800

Brother Timothy Phillips, SM, explains the rapid development and organizational structure of Blessed Chaminade's Sodality upon the Founder's return from exile in Spain. Brother Phillips concludes with a look at today's Sodality movement, Marianist Lay Communities.
Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch

A Witness of Love: Examining the Correspondence of Four Nonviolent Activists

In "A Witness of Love," Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch writes: "This message of radical love is at the root of nonviolence in the Christian tradition . . . it is central to the lives of four correspondents, William Joseph Chaminade, Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton."

Be Light to the Intellect: FMI Cir. No. 6, May 25, 2015

“We carry in body and spirit the wounds of our personal story, a story that has deeply and indelibly marked our past and present life. Wounds, for the most part healed, others perhaps still open, mark our way of being and of inserting ourselves in society, in the community. Our wounds are not hidden from you, O Lord. Pour the balm of your love.”

Marianist Consecrated Life: A Plunge Into the Heart of the Charism

This FMI circular, written by Franca Zonta, celebrates the opening of the “Year of the Consecrated Life.” This jubilee year is offered to the consecrated life so that it might become the occasion for making a “grateful remembrance” of the past, embracing the future with hope, and living the present with passion.
Anthony Garascia

Marian Dimension of the Church

Anthony Garascia explores the "Marian character of holiness" and references scientific inquiry in the process. His paper is a modern look at the beauty of the Scripture-rich heritage we have inherited about our Blessed Mother.
Hugh Bihl, SM

Chaminade's Vision of Chuch

Brother Hugh Bihl, SM, explores the Chaminadean understanding of Church and its linkage to the Sodality and the Universal Church.
Isabella Moyer

Faith of the Heart in the Heart of the World

This Marianist Lay Community circular, written by Isabella Moyer, president of the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities, is a personal reflection, to encourage your own reflection. What does this faith of the heart mean to your heart? How is it lived in the heart of your world?

Canonization Cause for Mademoiselle de Lamourous

Father Antonio Gascón, SM, provides an overview of Marie Thérèse de Lamourous' cause for sainthood and the efforts of Father Joseph Verrier related to this holy woman.

Father Chaminade and the Church

Father Eduardo Benlloch, SM, writes about how Chaminade’s contemplation of the mystical body of Christ became combined with his charismatic vision of the figure of Mary in the eternal plan of God.
Martin Solma, SM

Marianist Theme: Mary

Through words and images, Father Solma explains his rediscovery of Mary . . . a woman some put on "the shelf" following the Second Vatican Council.

Chaminade's Message Today: Reading Guide

Draw out key points from "Chaminade's Message Today" regarding the founding of the Marianist Family and gifts the Marianist Family offers our world today.

Mary and Freedom

According to Brother Lawrence J. Cada, SM, "American Catholic spirituality draws its most distinctive genius from the high ideals of the American ethos. Freedom is the ideal that will link Marianist spirituality and American Catholic spirituality."

The Holy Name of Mary

A name, Father Chaminade taught, reveals the identity or the essence of a person. Combining the two meanings for the name of Mary examined here we get “Dolorosa Defiant”—the wounded rebel. This Peter Daino article first appeared in "The Promised Woman."
Carol P. Ramey

Mary Was a Lay Woman Who Lived in Community

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. This Carol Ramey article first appeared in "The Promised Woman."

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