Thursday, July 19, 2018

December 24, 1836: In Whatever Part of the World

March 13, 2009 by  
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On Christmas Eve, 1836, an hour before noon, after two months of waiting, the right combination of wind and tide finally enabled La Josephine and La Delphine to leave Le Havre. On La Josephine, Bishop Blanc was taking twenty one missionaries, priests, brothers, and sisters, to New Orleans. On La Delphine, which was sailing for […]

September 24, 1836: the Society of Mary “drawn up as in battle array”

March 13, 2009 by  
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We spent time yesterday getting some sense of what April 29, 1836, meant for the Marist enterprise. Today I invite you to give similar attention to the date of September 24. The brief of April 29 empowered, in a precise and limited way, the priest members of the Society of Mary to elect a superior […]

Making Fr Colin’s Vision of the Society of Mary Work For Us.

February 16, 2009 by  
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When Father Colin resigned as superior general of the Marist Fathers in 1854, one of his main concerns was to give himself, at long last, the leisure he needed to finish writing the rule for Marists.

Marist Roots: Our Shared Vision of the Past

February 16, 2009 by  
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On October 2,1868, Father Jeantin wrote Father Colin: Father David and myself found the house at Lyon still quite disturbed over your discussion with Father General in the dining room. Some very quick and very strong words were heard, and some would conclude from this that Father Founder is a victim of his nerves and […]

What do our Marist History and Charism call us to today?

February 16, 2009 by  
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“My Lord, this is the day the little Society of Mary begins. Mr. Declas arrived in Cerdon”. Thus starts a letter of Pierre Colin, pastor of Cerdon, to Bishop Devie of Belley. The letter is dated October 29,1824 (OM, doc.114). As it happens, we know it was received in Belley and answered the very next […]

Claudine of Lyon: the French Connection

February 16, 2009 by  
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In 1838, Father Claude Mayet, who hard joined the Marists less than a year before, wrote down the following words, where Father Jean-Claude Colin, his superior general;, told of the trip he had made to Rome in 1833: I know, Colin said, that among cardinals and generally in Rome during my trip, it was my […]

Outlining a Marist Project

February 16, 2009 by  
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The task before us in this first talk centers on delineating a Marist project. What is the Society of Mary about? What are its goals? How does it plan to fulfil them? The second and third talks will focus on working out some implications for assessing candidates and for formation. In delineating the a Marist […]

The Marist Project and Assessment

February 16, 2009 by  
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How we think and feel about the Marist project will affect deeply how we approach the issue of assessment. I want to see myself thinking and feeling about the Marist project in a mode that I would describe as open, hopeful, articulate, likely to generate enthusiasm, to communicate a sense of purpose, to provide direction. […]

The Papal Brief of April 29, 1836: A Mandate to Start the Church Anew?

February 15, 2009 by  
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During the next three days, my contribution will make us spend most of our time in France in the year 1836. At the outset, let us remind ourselves that the fruit we hope to gather from these reflections has to do with the church in Australia in 1986. That means Jesus Christ becoming present here […]