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Beyond the Pew - A Study on Family Prayer - Mindful Colouring - and Faith Development - in Children and Teenagers

This project explores the potential benefits of incorporating regular family prayer sessions into weekly family life, using a unique approach that combines mindful colouring with Gospel reflection and discussion. The study aims to assess whether such practices can enhance the faith life of children and teenagers within participating families. By engaging in weekly prayer sessions that include contemporary music, colouring, Gospel reading, and discussion, the project seeks to foster deeper spiritual engagement and understanding among children and teenagers. This study also evaluates parental perceptions of their children's engagement levels before, during, and after these sessions, along with obstacles to prayer and insights gained by parents in facilitating these spiritual activities.
 

Blog - How we are called to be like the angels - bearers of hope?

In Luke's Gospel, we are encouraged to embody the role of angels as messengers of hope, mirroring the angelic interventions at significant moments, such as the announcement of Jesus' resurrection to the women at the tomb and the Annunciation to Mary. These narratives underscore the importance of delivering God's message despite skepticism and fear, emphasizing personal experience and the Holy Spirit's role in understanding and faith. We are called to be reassurances in the face of doubt, to invoke the Holy Spirit in guiding ourselves and others, and to be bearers of light, faith, and hope. This mission involves helping others discover God's presence in their lives through their own reflections and experiences, emphasizing the freedom to explore faith, and reminding them that they are never alone, with the enduring presence of God's love and guidance, even in our absence.

Invitation to an Event - Living with Todays Paradoxes

Marist Laity Australia would like to invite you to join us on a Spirituality Day entitled 'Living with Todays Paradoxes'. Exploring questions like 'How do we maintain hope and joy in the face of global challenges and personal trials?' and 'What does it mean to be a peacemaker in today's world? Key note speaker Brother Tony Leon fms who has worked many years in Marist spiritual formation both in Australia and internationally.
 

Song - Because he Lives

The song is a declaration of faith in Jesus Christ, emphasizing the transformative power of His resurrection. It begins by affirming belief in the Son of God and the victory over sin achieved through His sacrifice. The chorus joyously proclaims the singer's spiritual rebirth ('I'm alive because He lives') and an eternal connection to the divine chorus that praises Jesus' resurrection. The verses recount a personal journey from death to life, highlighting the role of divine mercy in removing sin and shame, symbolized by Jesus rolling the stone away from the grave. The song reassures believers that, because Jesus lives, they can face the future without fear, secure in the knowledge that their lives and futures are held in His capable hands. It is an expression of gratitude and worship, inviting others to join in the endless song of praise for the risen Christ and the hope He brings.

Christlife - Marist Association - March 2024

The Christlife Podcast's second edition for 2024, presented by Tracey DeBlais from the Marist Association of St Marcel and Champagnat, offers a comprehensive look into the March edition of their Christ Life publication and updates from the Marist Association. The podcast features a segment with Stuart Maclaury, Acting Director of Mission and Catholic Identity at Newman College, Perth, as part of the 'Meet a Marist' series. Richard Quinn, Executive Director of the Marist Association, contributes as the editorialist, highlighting various articles, announcements, and reflections not fully covered in the audio format.
 

Awakening to Gods Love - Beyond Knowledge into Presence

Francis Chan's talk emphasizes the profound importance of God's love and presence in the lives of believers, urging them to maintain a deep, personal connection with God beyond mere religious knowledge. He discusses the church's current series on God's love, motivated by a collective desire to ground the congregation in the fundamental understanding of being loved by a holy God. Chan highlights the limitations of teaching alone and stresses the necessity of prayer to break spiritual strongholds, invoking the mystery of spiritual transformation through communal prayer.

Bishop Barron - What are the signs of the Holy Spirit?

Bishop Robert's talk on the Holy Spirit emphasizes the critical role and vibrant presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and its believers, leading up to the feast of Pentecost. He argues against the notion that the importance of the Holy Spirit is underplayed, pointing out the Spirit's evident work throughout Scripture and Church history. The Holy Spirit, sent by the Father and the Son, is likened to the soul of the Mystical Body, vital for animating the Church's life.
 

Marist Laity - Branching Out

The video discusses the evolution and current state of Lay Marists, a community dedicated to Marist spirituality, highlighting its growth and adaptation over time. Initially, Lay Marists were closely associated with clergy and religious congregations, meeting in groups through parishes, schools, or communities. However, the introduction of the internet and the establishment of an online community have broadened the ways in which individuals discover and engage with Marist spirituality.


 




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1Marist Laity - Branching Out
The video discusses the evolution and current state of Lay Marists, a community dedicated to Marist spirituality, highlighting its growth and adaptation over time. Initially, Lay Marists were closely associated with clergy and religious congregations, meeting in groups through parishes, schools, or communities. However, the introduction of the internet and the establishment of an online community have broadened the ways in which individuals discover and engage with Marist spirituality.
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2Christlife - Marist Association - March 2024
The Christlife Podcast's second edition for 2024, presented by Tracey DeBlais from the Marist Association of St Marcel and Champagnat, offers a comprehensive look into the March edition of their Christ Life publication and updates from the Marist Association. The podcast features a segment with Stuart Maclaury, Acting Director of Mission and Catholic Identity at Newman College, Perth, as part of the 'Meet a Marist' series. Richard Quinn, Executive Director of the Marist Association, contributes as the editorialist, highlighting various articles, announcements, and reflections not fully covered in the audio format.
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3Bishop Barron - What are the signs of the Holy Spirit?
Bishop Robert's talk on the Holy Spirit emphasizes the critical role and vibrant presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and its believers, leading up to the feast of Pentecost. He argues against the notion that the importance of the Holy Spirit is underplayed, pointing out the Spirit's evident work throughout Scripture and Church history. The Holy Spirit, sent by the Father and the Son, is likened to the soul of the Mystical Body, vital for animating the Church's life.
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4Mindful Colouring - Rising from the dead
Pray this prayer with your family, community, school or friends. Download the prayer. PRINT the prayer for each person. Spend 15 minutes praying through mindfulness. In Drawing, Colouring, Writing, Sharing, Discussion, and Song. Tell your family. Set a time. Pray mindfully.
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5Beyond the Pew - A Study on Family Prayer - Mindful Colouring - and Faith Development - in Children and Teenagers
This project explores the potential benefits of incorporating regular family prayer sessions into weekly family life, using a unique approach that combines mindful colouring with Gospel reflection and discussion. The study aims to assess whether such practices can enhance the faith life of children and teenagers within participating families. By engaging in weekly prayer sessions that include contemporary music, colouring, Gospel reading, and discussion, the project seeks to foster deeper spiritual engagement and understanding among children and teenagers. This study also evaluates parental perceptions of their children's engagement levels before, during, and after these sessions, along with obstacles to prayer and insights gained by parents in facilitating these spiritual activities.
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Song - How Deep The Fathers Love For Us
    Mary - What insights and perspectives might Mary have shared with the early believers about Jesus teachings, his ministry, and his ultimate sacrifice?
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Story - Saint John Vianney - Third Order Marist
    Church Documents - How can the sacrament of Reconciliation help us experience the merciful love of Jesus Christ and foster a deeper relationship with God?
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    Mary - I wonder how Marys relationship with the early Church evolved over time and what insights her continued presence and support brought to the ongoing mission of the Church.
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Movie - Cabrini
    Quote - Life is not a series of difficult decisions, it is a series of moments. And every moment, the choice is simple love or fear. - Shauna Niequist
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How to parent a teen from a teens perspective
    Family - I wonder how parents can encourage their children to have a positive mindset.
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Mindful Colouring - Woman at the well
    Social Justice - I wonder how engaging in regular moments of silence or meditation can help us cultivate a sense of inner stillness and clarity, enabling us to respond more effectively to the challenges and injustices we encounter in the world.
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Blog - Transforming Pain
    Quote - The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior. - Scott Peck
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