Introduction to Marist Laity

The refounding - of the Society of Mary - through the rediscovery - of our mission

Father John Thornhill reflects on the significant milestone of the 150th anniversary of the Society of Mary, emphasizing a revitalized commitment to their foundational mission as envisioned by their early leaders, particularly Jean-Claude Colin. This renewal is seen as a return to the genuine zeal for mission that characterized the Society’s early expansion and effectiveness in addressing the urgent pastoral needs of the time, inspired by Mary’s role in the Church. Thornhill notes a shift from a period of introspective institutional maintenance back to a dynamic engagement with the Church’s mission, advocating a refounding of the Society to realign with its original purpose and adapt to contemporary challenges. This refounding involves recognizing and embracing the unique mission of the Society, to renew the Church in Mary’s image, addressing today’s spiritual and pastoral needs with new vigor and a clear sense of identity.
 

Modern - AI Generated image - of Young John Claude Colin

Dive into a unique visual journey where artificial intelligence with John Claude Colin. We present a series of five AI-generated artworks that imagine what Marist Father John Claude Colin would look like today.

The Value of Senior Retreats

The implementation of two senior retreats for Year 11 and Year 12 students provides profound benefits, focusing on personal development and spiritual growth. The first retreat, themed 'Awaken,' encourages students to explore their identities and break down social barriers through engaging activities, fostering a sense of community and connection. This foundation supports the second retreat's theme, 'Journey,' which prepares students for life beyond high school by focusing on transitions, personal challenges, and future aspirations. Both retreats incorporate elements of Catholic spirituality tailored to a diverse student body, enhancing their experience through activities like the sacrament of reconciliation, affirmations, and shared meals, culminating in a Mass that solidifies their learning and spiritual insights. This dual-retreat approach not only deepens students' understanding of their faith and identities but also equips them with leadership qualities and a renewed perspective as they approach significant life transitions.
 

Book - Why God

Father Richard Leonard's presentation on his book 'Why God: Stories to Inspire Faith' was a rich dialogue exploring the intersections of faith, storytelling, and the challenges of contemporary life. He started by explaining how the book compiles various narratives that reflect on the presence and role of God in modern society. These stories aim to bridge the gap between ancient faith traditions and today's diverse, often secularized cultural landscapes.

Homily - Pentecost - Father Jim

Father Jim's homily focuses on the concept of self-indulgence, especially in relation to the celebration of Pentecost and the influence of the Holy Spirit. He begins by painting a vivid picture of opulence to highlight what we often imagine as self-indulgence. He then shifts to question whether our modern comforts, like electricity, air conditioning, and abundance of food, also classify as self-indulgence, particularly when compared to past generations and people in less affluent parts of the world.
 

Learning to Fail - Unpacking Misconceptions - of Growth Mindset - Luna Leverett - TED

In her TED presentation, 'You think you have a growth mindset, but do you?', Luna Leverett explores the common misconceptions about growth mindset and its practical application in everyday life. Leverett begins by defining what a true growth mindset entails, distinguishing it from the mere positive thinking that many mistake it for. She emphasizes that a growth mindset is not just about expecting growth and success but also embracing challenges, failures, and the continuous process of learning that leads to real change.

Taizé - Veni Sancte Spiritus - virtual choir

'Veni Sancte Spiritus,' also known as the 'Golden Sequence,' is a sequence prescribed in the Roman Liturgy for the Masses of Pentecost. It's a beautiful, ancient hymn calling on the Holy Spirit. The text is attributed to either Pope Innocent III or Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the early 13th century. Here are the traditional Latin lyrics along with an English translation.
 

Letter - Like Mary, Bearers of Hope - Part 1 - Superior General

The letter titled 'Like Mary, Bearers of Hope' from the Superior General of the Society of Mary reflects on his experiences and insights gained from leading the society over the past six years. He emphasizes the profound impact of deep conversations and the trust shared among the members, which he considers a grace of his leadership role.

Mindful Colouring - Pentecost

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.
 

Caroline Chisholm - the emigrants friend

Caroline Chisholm, known as 'the emigrants' friend,' was a pivotal figure in the history of early Australian settlement, particularly in aiding women who immigrated to Sydney around 1850. Born Caroline Jones in 1808 in Northamptonshire, she was inspired from a young age by stories of distant lands and the virtues of emigration. After marrying Captain Archibald Chisholm, she moved to Madras, India, where she began her philanthropic work by establishing the Female School of Industry for the daughters and orphans of soldiers. The family later moved to Sydney, where Caroline was struck by the dire conditions faced by female immigrants. She established a home for these women, providing them shelter and work opportunities, significantly improving their lives and the moral conditions of the colony. Her efforts extended to organizing land settlements for families, advocating for family reunification, and influencing emigration policies. Caroline Chisholm's work was characterized by her exceptional organizational skills and deep compassion, leaving a lasting impact on Australian society and the lives of countless immigrants.


 




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1Letter - Like Mary, Bearers of Hope - Part 1 - Superior General
The letter titled 'Like Mary, Bearers of Hope' from the Superior General of the Society of Mary reflects on his experiences and insights gained from leading the society over the past six years. He emphasizes the profound impact of deep conversations and the trust shared among the members, which he considers a grace of his leadership role.
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2The refounding - of the Society of Mary - through the rediscovery - of our mission
Father John Thornhill reflects on the significant milestone of the 150th anniversary of the Society of Mary, emphasizing a revitalized commitment to their foundational mission as envisioned by their early leaders, particularly Jean-Claude Colin. This renewal is seen as a return to the genuine zeal for mission that characterized the Society’s early expansion and effectiveness in addressing the urgent pastoral needs of the time, inspired by Mary’s role in the Church. Thornhill notes a shift from a period of introspective institutional maintenance back to a dynamic engagement with the Church’s mission, advocating a refounding of the Society to realign with its original purpose and adapt to contemporary challenges. This refounding involves recognizing and embracing the unique mission of the Society, to renew the Church in Mary’s image, addressing today’s spiritual and pastoral needs with new vigor and a clear sense of identity.
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3The Value of Senior Retreats
The implementation of two senior retreats for Year 11 and Year 12 students provides profound benefits, focusing on personal development and spiritual growth. The first retreat, themed 'Awaken,' encourages students to explore their identities and break down social barriers through engaging activities, fostering a sense of community and connection. This foundation supports the second retreat's theme, 'Journey,' which prepares students for life beyond high school by focusing on transitions, personal challenges, and future aspirations. Both retreats incorporate elements of Catholic spirituality tailored to a diverse student body, enhancing their experience through activities like the sacrament of reconciliation, affirmations, and shared meals, culminating in a Mass that solidifies their learning and spiritual insights. This dual-retreat approach not only deepens students' understanding of their faith and identities but also equips them with leadership qualities and a renewed perspective as they approach significant life transitions.
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4Blog - Transforming Pain
The blog explores the teachings of Franciscan Richard Rohr on the transformation of pain, emphasizing that if we do not transform our pain, we inevitably transmit it. It discusses how pain and suffering manifest in various aspects of life, including parenting, marriage, societal injustice, psychological shadows, and spiritual disconnection. Drawing from Jungian psychology, the blog highlights the importance of acknowledging and transforming our inner traumas to prevent them from surfacing in harmful ways later in life.The blog further explores different methods and examples of transforming pain, such as Van Gogh's art, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's writings, sports for mental health, and the supportive nature of groups like Alcoholics Anonymous. It suggests that spiritual practices, meaningful conversations, and creative expressions can be pathways to dealing with pain and suffering, offering a deeper understanding and acceptance of these experiences as part of the human condition.The narrative also delves into the role of pain in spiritual growth, using the story of Mary's experience of pain and presence during Jesus's crucifixion as a metaphor for being fully present in the face of suffering. It concludes by asserting that pain and suffering, when acknowledged and transformed, can open doorways to divine experiences and personal growth, urging readers to embrace these experiences as opportunities for transformation rather than avoiding them.
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5Caroline Chisholm - the emigrants friend
Caroline Chisholm, known as 'the emigrants' friend,' was a pivotal figure in the history of early Australian settlement, particularly in aiding women who immigrated to Sydney around 1850. Born Caroline Jones in 1808 in Northamptonshire, she was inspired from a young age by stories of distant lands and the virtues of emigration. After marrying Captain Archibald Chisholm, she moved to Madras, India, where she began her philanthropic work by establishing the Female School of Industry for the daughters and orphans of soldiers. The family later moved to Sydney, where Caroline was struck by the dire conditions faced by female immigrants. She established a home for these women, providing them shelter and work opportunities, significantly improving their lives and the moral conditions of the colony. Her efforts extended to organizing land settlements for families, advocating for family reunification, and influencing emigration policies. Caroline Chisholm's work was characterized by her exceptional organizational skills and deep compassion, leaving a lasting impact on Australian society and the lives of countless immigrants.
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