Quentin Hakenewerth, SM
When people call the NACMS office to ask for a good introduction to the essential elements of Marianist Spirituality, this is the book we recommend.

by Quentin Hakenewerth, SM

67 pgs. (reprinted 2000)

When people call the NACMS office to ask for a good introduction to the essential elements of Marianist spirituality, this is the book we recommend. Father Hakenewerth’s book, now in its second printing, was written to give readers an easy-to-understand description of the inspirations of Father William Joseph Chaminade that he gave to members of the Marianist Family to progress on their spiritual journey.

Hakenewerth says, “The uniqueness of our spirituality does not lie in the fact that we have elements which are not found elsewhere.  All the essential elements of the life of the Spirit should be found in every spirituality.  What is unique is the particular emphasis that is given, the specific methods used, and the particular way of understanding and living the life of the Spirit.”

A psychologist by training and a gifted teacher, Father Hakenewerth writes about Chaminade’s unique perspective and methods for the spiritual life in a style that will appeal to people’s intellects and hearts.



The radical change that our Marianist vocation demands is usually gradual and progressive.  It is seldom sudden, and it is never violent.  It is Mary’s way of forming us.

It is important to keep this principle in mind; otherwise, we might become impatient and try to force things ourselves.  There is also a danger that we do not recognize the change taking place, and consequently we give up our effort.

Because our growing in the virtues of Jesus and carrying out his works is usually gradual and progressive, persevering fidelity in the daily practice of these virtues and works is important.

We learn a precious lesson from the mustard seed planted in the field and the yeast mixed in the flour.  Their effect is astounding, but it is very gradual and progressive (Mt 13:31-33).  We notice the result only after it has taken place.  Jesus himself was formed and grew gradually and progressively by the action of the Holy Spirit through Mary. (p. 21)


1. Spirit as Life

2. Faith of the Heart

3. The Experience of Being Called

4. Principles of Marianist Spirituality

5. Pervasive Role of Mary

6. Praying with Faith of the Heart: A Common Method

7. Transformation in the Image of Jesus: The New Self

8. Foundation Virtues: “Preparation”

9. Entering into Mission

10. Going beyond Mediocrity: “Purification”

11. Permeating the World as a Movement

12. Following Jesus to the End “Consummation”