by Isabella Moyer
Using the recent international lay document on community as a basic template, Moyer examines the origins of Marianist community and its interwoven nature to the life of Jesus and Mary. She reminds us that community is both a safe place for maturation and fellowship and a Gospel challenge to be shared with the world.
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"The life-giving enthusiasm of a community can, indeed, draw new members who want what they are having! But, if the zeal remains within the community then it merely becomes a service station where we come to get filled up on good feelings, warmth, and camaraderie. Not that this is all bad. After all, we do come together to receive nourishment, to refocus, and to get a much-needed shot in the arm before we once more face reality. . . . The gifts we receive in community are meant for the world."