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One in every 150 people are trapped in modern slavery Acrath
29 January 2023
Almost 50 million people were living in modern slavery in 2021, either forced to work against their will or in a marriage that they were forced into, according to Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO), Walk Free and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The new data shows that the number of people trapped in modern slavery has risen significantly in the last five years, and that it affects every region of the world. The world needs to move quickly and decisively to get progress back on track. However, the report also details several actions which, taken swiftly and together, can make significant progress towards ending modern slavery, worldwide.
 
Spirituality Exercise 3 - Calvary Marist Laity Australia
28 January 2023
To meditate on this passage, it is important to be aware that, in the mind of St. John, the crucifixion of Jesus is not a defeat, but Jesus' supreme victory. His determination to carry out the Father’s will has triumphed over every evil force that tried to stop him.
 
System Leadership Day - Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen Bishop Vincent Long
26 January 2023
Catholic schools have always been charged with a special mandate to offer hope to those who are disadvantaged, and this special attention for those who are weakest, who are the battlers, is as Australian as Eureka and Penola. Australian Catholic education has been hailed as a jewel and the envy of other nations. Even from the early days, the concern to provide a religious education for Catholic families in the colony galvanised the bishops of Australia. Their vision was brought to life by religious men and women who responded courageously to the invitation to give opportunity to young Catholics. These were mostly poor, socially disadvantaged and in the post-war period, immigrant children. This special attention to them in Catholic education has not been diminished with the transition from religious to lay leadership. A strong commitment to professional development, especially in respect of the mission, identity and ethos of Catholic schools, continues to guide us to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
 
2023 Australian of the Year - Taryn Brumfitt - Embrace your Body Image Taryn Brumfitt
26 January 2023
It is the most powerful things I have done is to learn to embrace my body. After I bought into those messages which told me I should look a particular way to make me happy again. I trained my body obsessively and I got the body. But, I was not happy. When Taryn posted her traditional before and after photos it may headlines around the world. People of all different shapes and sizes need to learn how to embrace the body they have. There is a global epidemic of body shaming of people hating their bodies and it needed a bigger solution.
 
Spirituality Exercise 2 - Who is my mother Marist Laity Australia
26 January 2023
Script by Marist Father Edwin Keel sm. Setting: But Jesus is also experiencing great opposition from his enemies. Jesus knows that God’s will is that people come to life that they be freed from the oppression of evil of every kind, that they walk upright with dignity as sons and daughters of their heavenly Father. The enemies of Jesus do not understand what God
 
Spirituality Exercise 1 - Cana Father Edwin Keel SM
25 January 2023
Script by Marist Father Edwin Keel sm. The scene is a wedding feast (which, in those days, lasted sevendays!) in a small country village, undoubtedly involving all thepeople of the village as well as many guests. This incident occurs at the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus, before the beginning of the Church. Nevertheless, it tells us something about Mary's presence in the Church, and about the effect her presence has. As she will be present at the birth of the Church (at Calvary and at Pentecost) Mary is present here at the 'birth' of Jesus’ mission as Messiah.
 
Grace Tame Grace Tame
23 January 2023
A sexual abuse survivor and Australian of the Year 2021. The 26-year-old who helped lead the fight to overturn a law preventing sexual assault survivors from speaking out has been named Australian of the Year for 2021.
 
How to deal with uncertain liminal space? Marist Laity Australia
17 January 2023
How to deal with uncertain liminal space?
 
Laudatio Si Action Plan Father Joshtrom Kureethdam SDB
16 January 2023
An inspiration speech concerning Laudatio Si, the current environmental crises and the actions which need to be taken. This was delivered to the Marist Family of Brothers, Fathers, Sisters and Laity using Zoom in February 2021. This journey is be taken together. We as people are integrally connected to the world who is suffering. We need leaders to emerge. Together we must become more aware so that we might respond as a community both locally in connection to our brothers and sisters across the world.
 
Family Prayer 1 - Sharing the Faith Marist Laity Australia
15 January 2023
Share this prayer with your family, community or class exploring through song, gospel, reflection, discussion and common prayer.
 
Dolph Lundgren On healing and forgiveness TED - Dolph Lundgren
31 December 2022
I would like to tell you a story of a little boy in Sweden. That boy was me. My dad hit me. I walked in front of the TV and dad hit me. When you get abuse at home you have 2 choices. Fight or flight. But, I learnt later there is a third choice. You freeze. By the time I was 11 or 12 I was drinking. My dad sent me to live with my grandparents. They talk care of me.
 
The Power of Forgiveness - Anna Ponder Anna Ponder
31 December 2022
Relationships, especially with family, can provide both great joy and painful sorrow. And often, the relationship between a mother and daughter is the most sensitive. Yet the ability to understand another's point of view, their fragility, and your own perceptions can dramatically improve any relationship. And perhaps the most powerful insight of all is forgiveness. Having the ability to forgive not only others, but the ability to forgive yourself, is one of life's greatest superpowers. Idea: The Power of Forgiveness: Making Waves in Human Interaction by Forgiving and Focusing on the Future.
 
The Fading of Forgiveness Bishop Barron
31 December 2022
An article published by Tim Keller entitled The Fading of Forgiveness traces the disappearance of the thing we need most. He talks about Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela which was marked by the ethics of love, forgiveness and reconciliation. These were core pillars of the civil rights movement and compares that to todays activism which seems not to value the virtue of forgiveness as much.
 
Pope Francis is Dividing the Church. Here is why. Breaking in the Habit
31 December 2022
There is little doubt that Pope Francis has been the most controversial Pope in any of our life times. Dividing the church into those who think he is the greatest pope ever and into those who think he is a heretic. In later years the later group has grown louder with some saying he is not even the real pope at all.
 
A Christmas Prayer - for your family Marist Laity Australia
27 December 2022
Share this prayer with your family, community or class exploring the first week of advent through song, gospel, reflection, discussion and common prayer.
 
VBlog - Is Christmas about Jesus? Marist Laity Australia
26 December 2022
Is Christmas about Jesus? For 39% of Australian population in the national census of 2021 the answer is definitely no. Christmas is just a cultural practise.
 
How to deal with siblings who fight ABC - Maggie Dent
24 December 2022
Sibling rivalry is normal. When we are stuck at home with lock down. Is there a Silver bullet? No. Children often do not have the language skills or emotional intelligence to deal with this. How can we deal with children fighting? What are the top tips to deal with children fighting?
 
Managing social anxiety at Christmas ABC - Sue Read
24 December 2022
Social anxiety at Christmas time. There can be a lot of build up. We need to manage expectations at this time. Make people aware. Christmas is a lot about expectations. Like what are the presents? We need to let people know ahead of time. In the social environment some move into become over functioning and take over. Whilst others under functioning where you with-drawl and move away. Christmas can be a drowning time. It is okay for people to step away. To self sooth. We don't need to do the same thing at the same time.
 
How inclusive leadership drives cultural change Ms. Daniela Landherr
22 December 2022
Psychological safety is a shared belief that the environment is conducive to interpersonal risks without fear of negative consequences. Vulnerability is the first thing I look for in you, and the last thing I’m willing to share. In you, its courage and daring, in me, its weakness. When we feel psychologically safe, we lead with curiosity and courage, and we drive innovation.
 
Bishop Vincent Longs - Christmas 2022 Message Bishop Vincent Long
21 December 2022
We live in an increasingly dangerous world where a spiral of violence seems to be out of control. Violence and selfishness dominate our daily news, as the ‘answer’ the world offers to us. The horrors unfolding in Ukraine and the scandal of the arms race, and even more the danger of nuclear war frightens us all. Our planet continues to be exploited and the beauty of God’s creation plundered for profit. And the ongoing tragedy of refugees continues with many people closing their hearts to compassion.
 
NEWS - Europe Marist Lay LINK Marist Laity Europe
17 December 2022
'STARTING A NEW CHURCH'. These are the words of our Founder, FatherJean Claude Colin. Pope Francis, in callingthe Synod of the Universal Church, said: 'We must live another way of being Church'. I believe that the mostbeautiful thing about the Chapter of the European Province of the Marist Fathers, held in Rome from 6 to 14June 2022 - preceded by an electronic session held from 27 to 29 May, in which some Lay Marists alsoparticipated - was precisely putting as the underlying theme of every moment these words of our Founder andof our current Pope; thereby, combining and comparing every prayer, action, thought, word, aspiration andperspective with this interpretative key. Finally, moving beyond the limits of our own horizon, our Founder'sprophecy, and fidelity to the Pope's action - aiming to trigger processes of renewal in the Church, so that shemay be ever more perfectly embodied in our time, marking a change of epoch - are the key criteria groundingour Spirituality and our journey in the Church and in the world.
 
Marist David Gergen on leadership and finding your passion David Gergen
14 December 2022
For those who are younger there is a good chance you will have 6, 8 or 10 jobs. Different organisations over the years. This is just change. You have to get an instinct of how to think about your boss and the organisation that you find yourself in and the organisational structure. You need to figure that out so that you can serve people well.
 
Christmas Eve Homeless Outreach Viktor Yantsevich
11 December 2022
Christmas Eve Homeless Outreach
 
Social Justice Belongs In Our Schools Sydney Chaffee
11 December 2022
For National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee, teaching is a political act. She has been traveling the country urging all teachers to make social justice a central part of their mission. Talking to students about justice can't be a niche for certain kinds of teachers or certain schools. When students understand inequity and have the tools to work towards a more just world, they see why their education truly matters....
 
December Cooking Recipes Marist Laity Australia
05 December 2022
Dear ALL, We are looking for your favourite cooking recipes to share with other Marists.As we are getting closer to Christmas, it is great to share these recipes with each other.Please write the title, then List the Ingredients First and Second List the methods or steps to follow.See the examples below.Please click on “Add to conversation”.Thank youMarist Laity Australia
 
Reflection - The paradox of our time Unknown
02 December 2022
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings,      but shorter tempers; wider freeways,      but narrower view points; we spend more,      but have less; we buy more,
     but enjoy it less.
 
Introductory Talk for a First Meeting of Marist Laity Father Frank McKay sm
01 December 2022
I was standing once in a big building when suddenly a sparrow flew in at one high window and almost immediately flew out again at another across the hall. It happened so quickly it might not have happened at all. And there was no sign the sparrow had passed. Someone who had noticed this common occurrence wrote that it was a symbol of the brevity and inconsequence of human life. We can accept the brevity, but not the inconsequence. We know lives matter. Certainly, whatever one's attitude to the meaning of human existence, everyone wants to live a life that counts. Everyone wants to live a truly significant life.
 
Is COVID-19 an apocalyptic event? Richard Rohr ofm
29 November 2022
Apocalyptic literature from the scriptures often gets miss interpreted. Apocalyptic does not mean the “end of the world”. This is a miss interpretation. But, what the world is going through with COVID-19 is an “apocalyptic” event or a revelation. This event is an unveiling or to pull back the veil. This style of text, Apocalyptic, uses exaggerated images and metaphors. Like stars falling from the sky or the moon turning to blood in the scriptures. This is like a Steven Spielberg movie like Close Encounters or ET where suddenly you are placed in an utterly different world. What was normal before does not apply any more.
 
Marist Sisters in Australia taking Action to Care for the Earth Marist Sisters
29 November 2022
Marist Sisters in Australia taking Action to Care for the Earth. Have a a close look at the concrete actions what the Marist Sisters are doing to Care for the Earth.
 
The increase in the NONES Professor Harvey Cox Hollis
27 November 2022
The number of people unaffiliated with any church or religious organisation has been on the increase. They are sometimes called the NONES. These are often people who describe themselves as spiritual but not religious. This is the fastest-growing denomination in America. Notice they do not want to call themselves Atheists. These are people who are very much in search mode. Who are looking. They are looking for meaning. These are people who are seeking some kind of path in life. They really do not like the doctrine and institutional structures through which we have inherited much of the Christian message. They want ot get at what is essential. They touch on the mystery and depth without all the furniture which goes along with it...
 
Prayer - First Week of Advent Marist Laity Australia
27 November 2022
Share this prayer with your family, community or class exploring the first week of advent through song, gospel, reflection, discussion and common prayer.
 
Al Gore at the Opening of the COP27 World Leaders Summit Al Gore
22 November 2022
At COP 27, countries come together to take action towards achieving the world’s collective climate goals as agreed under the Paris Agreement and the Convention. Building on the outcomes and momentum of COP 26 in Glasgow last year, nations are expected to demonstrate at COP 27 that they are in a new era of implementation by turning their commitments under The Paris Agreement into action. The conference will take place from 6-18 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Heads of State and Government will attend the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit on 7 and 8 November. A high-level segment primarily attended by Ministers will take place from 15-18 November.
 
November Cooking Recipes Marist Laity Australia
20 November 2022
We are looking for your favourite cooking recipes to share with other Marists.
 
Event - Looking forward in the Australian Church after the Plenary Council Bishop Shane Mackinlay
13 November 2022
The 4-year journey of the Plenary Council led to important decisions in eight critical areas for the Catholic Church in Australia. It also provided an invaluable immersion in synodality, with an unprecedented experience of broad consultation, honest and respectful dialogue, extended discernment, and co-responsible decision-making. This talk will review some of the main decisions made by the Plenary Council, as well as reflecting on its significance for strengthening synodal processes in the Church.
 
Refugee Zahras Story Zhara
10 November 2022
Please support Zahra, her family and all the other families that were detained on Nauru for so many years in the name of the Australian Government. Offshore detention has ruined people's lives and Australia has a duty of care to them. We are calling for everyone who was randomly sent to Nauru and Manus to be granted permanent protection in Australia. Here is Zahra's story, one of so many, that illustrates the horror of the Offshore detention regime and the damage it has done to people.
 
What does recontextualisation mean for the Church and Religious Education? Andrew Dumas
06 November 2022
Within the Religious Education high school classroom in Australia most students come from a plural context with different faith perspectives, values and life experiences. McCrindles research states “Overall, only 9% of Christians actively practise and regularly attend a place of worship” (2022). That means out of a class of 28 students you might have 2 or 3 students who regularly attend church. This is well outside the mono Christian culture and context that existed in the past generations where there was high church attendance and a prevailing Christian world view that encouraged church attendance.
 
Noel Pearson - Australia does not make sense without recognition Noel Pearson
05 November 2022
The assumption of the doctrine of terra nullius – that Australia was not owned and was open to British settlement without consideration of the native owners – together with the racism that replaced the Noble Savage of Cook’s Enlightenment with an increasingly vicious view of the natives aimed at both justifying and enabling frontier violence and dispossession mutating into the pseudo-scientific racism of the Darwinian nineteenth century and early twentieth – combined to form the terrible ideology of the denial of recognition. The Australian colonial project needed this denial and was underpinned by its vehemence until well after the frontiers fell silent.
 
News Archive - December 2011 Marist Laity Australia
01 November 2022
View the December 2011 Marist Laity Australia Newsletter.
 
Fratelli Tutti - What Catechists, Catechetical Leaders, and Other Ministry Leaders Should Know Dr Joseph White
30 October 2022
The purpose and goal of Fratelli Tutti paragraph 8 Pope Francis says it is his desire by acknowledging the dignity of each human person we can contribute to the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity. The title of the document is inspired by a quote from Saint Francis of Assisi. A love that transcends the barriers of geography and distance and declares blessed all that love their brother as much as he his far away from him as much as he is with him. Issues of fraternal friendship have always been a concern of Pope Francis. In this encyclical Pope Francis brings together these ideas for reflection. This is open to all people. An invitation to all people to dialogue. Not just for Catholics and the Catholic church but all people.
 
Audio - The Courage to Be Vulnerable Brené Brown
27 October 2022
In a cultural where we like to fix or prevent vulnerability Brené Brown is reviving the notion that our struggles make us who we are. This is based on data and scientific research first into shame and then into qualities that distinguish lives with a strong sense of worthiness. There is a gulf between what we want to be true and what is true in vulnerability between men and women. She talks about the difference between making our children happy and raising engaged human beings.
 
Phones. ipads. Houston. We have a problem. Marist Laity Australia
23 October 2022
When my dad got his license back in the 1930s the police officer asked him to drive around the block which took less than 5 minutes and he got his driver’s licence. There were real problems with car accidents, so as the decades rolled by the hurdles to get a car license in Australia got much harder. This was in the view to protect and keep safe people.
 
How can Christian Churches respond to rapidly declining numbers? Andrew Dumas
06 October 2022
Christian churches have until recently used a reconfessional approach to problem of declining church numbers. This video puts forward a new approach of recontextualising how we engage with others. Hermeneutics are important. But the question is - which one will we use. - Studies of Religion. Post 1945.
 
Wrap-up Plenary 2 episode 4 Garratt Publishing
21 July 2022
What equality exists between men and women? Today highlighted the need for more theological input and understanding amongst the members of plenary. This has highlighted some deficiencies in the process up until this point. This process reinforced a sense of hope from real discernment from that rejection. The rest of the day was with that reflection and discernment. The steering committee was surprised because they could not go forward. This is a key issue for the church. whether or not we believe in Vatican 2 and the kind of church this is calling for or whether we belong to a restoration group. That is the tension that is there which is pulling either way.
 
To dream the impossible dream The Man of La Mancha
10 July 2022
To dream the impossible dream. To fight the unbeatable foe. To bear with unbearable sorrow. To run where the brave dare not go. To right the unrightable wrong. To love, pure and chaste from afar
 
Wrap-up Plenary 2 episode 6 Garratt Publishing
10 July 2022
Some words are merely mouthed words like 'that women are appropriately represented in in decision making. Who decides what is appropriate?'
 
Journal Your Way to Spiritual Growth NCR - Katie Warner
08 July 2022
For many, the spiritual life may not seem to require the presence of a writing utensil, but some Catholic groups are encouraging journaling in connection with one’s faith to bring about fruitful spiritual progress in the lives of individual Catholics.
 
Blog - Journaling is a spiritual tool Marist Laity Australia
08 July 2022
The year of 1992 changed my life because my English teacher asked me to get a second exercise book and start journaling at the beginning of each lesson for 10 minutes. For the past 30 years I have kept a journal. Through the ups and the downs. Especially in difficult moments. Keeping a journal has helped me process my emotions. When someone has died. Breaking up with a girlfriend. Losing a job. Changing jobs. Dealing with major family issues. Mental illness. COVID. The list could go on.
 
Ukrainian refugees welcomed into the homes of Australian families ABC 7.30
26 June 2022
Since the war in Ukraine began, more than 3,000 refugees have arrived here in Australia. But while waiting for news of their humanitarian visas, many have found themselves needing shelter and guidance. Reporter Amelia Moseley followed the journeys of two mothers and their children all the way into Australian homes.
 
Simon Sinek Why do good Leaders Eat Last? Simon Sinek
25 June 2022
Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work. This is not a crazy, idealised notion. In many successful organisations, great leaders are creating environments in which teams trust each other so deeply that they would put their lives on the line for each other. Yet other teams, no matter what incentives were offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why? Today's workplaces tend to be full of cynicism, paranoia and self-interest. But the best organisations foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a Circle of Safety.
 
Community for mission - Fr John Larsen sm Father John Larsen sm
19 June 2022
“Community for mission” seems to be encoded in our Marist-DNA. From our very earliest days – we celebrate St. Marcellin this Monday, June 6 – Marists have evangelized from within Christian communities, with Mary at our heart. “We have no other model than the early church” Father Jean-Claude says. This Pentecost on Sunday, June 5, challenges us to be faithful to this vision of Mary at the heart of the community, sent out to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ. There are always some Marists who live on their own for very good reasons. However, our Founder always encouraged us to live in communities for mission, as he himself had done in Cerdon and in the mountains of the Bugey.
 
Three Requirements of a Good Relationship The School of Life
18 June 2022
Many people after they have been in a couple for some time will privately admit that they are frustrated and disappointed with the person they have chosen to share their lives with. If pressed for details they will have no problem coming up with a list. Their partner they might complain is to loyal to their irritating family or does not share their views on the lay out of the living room. Or, never wants to go on camping holidays. Or, plays tennis every Wednesday evening no matter what. Or does not like Moroccan food. Or, does not share their enthusiasm for 19th century novels. Or, has a habit of adding the word “Actually” to ever second sentence when it's “actually” redundant.
 
Prayer - House of Hope Marist Laity Australia
16 June 2022
Please commit to pray each day in your communities and families.Before or after your family meal.
 
Association of Marcellin Champagnat - National Assembly 3 Association of Marcellin Champagnat
07 June 2022
We are delighted to let you know that registrations for the Association National Assembly are still open. Let's join together as a Marist family this year - through June, July and August - to look at where we've come from, and imagine where we are going!
 
Blog - hard to accept the election Marist Laity Australia
22 May 2022
As Australians wake up this morning, they have a new government. But not just a new party in power, but a new way of doing government. Change can be a very hard thing for some. Like the process of dying. We cannot accept the reality and instead create in our heads reasons for this false reality. When Donald Trump lost the November 2020 election, he created a storyline of a “rigged election”. It is hard for our ego to let go of how things were or how things should be. We ignore facts and prefer the way we think.
 
Event - Joan Chittister in Australia Joan Chittister OSB
12 May 2022
Joan Chittister osb, an American Benedictine, and a Practical Theologian embodies the voice of wisdom and experience.Her prophetic views on justice and equality, especially for women in the church, challenges those who would silence women and people at the margins. Through her call to uncommon courage she can help us re-discover the place of religion in our society through a spirituality of engagement, so that we can all work together to reform the clerical culture that has shattered so many and damaged us all.
 
Video - How do we see Marist Laity now? Marist Sisters
22 April 2022
In the past laity found out about Marist Spirituality through various parishes. This was led by the Marist Fathers, Marist Brothers and Marist Sisters. There were groups all over Ireland, but they seldom met together and did not know each other. In 2000 we had a big gathering in Longford in central Ireland. We had a liturgy then followed by a party. We got to know each other and forged friendships. In 2007 there was a lay gathering of lay Marists in Tourin. This was the European gathering of lay Marists. We met Lay Marists from all over the world. We learnt how to organise ourselves. We exchanged ideas even though there were cultural differences. We worked through them. We adapted Mary's Magnificat as the official prayer of lay Marists. We returned to Ireland fired up with enthusiasm. We set about organising ourselves in structure, formation and communication. The most important part was to establish ourselves as an authenticate part of the Marist family.Independent and also interdependent with the other Marist branches. We elected 8 leaders we call the resource group. These go out and meet with other group.
 
Easter Reflection - Jesus a source of new life for us Father Jim McKeon
18 April 2022
Here in Australia we have been blessed not to have experienced the high levels of sickness and death that so many people throughout the world have experienced with COVID 19 in the last 2 years. But for lockdowns that kept us for the most part safe, came at their own cost. The cost of families, friends and communities being isolated from each other for sometimes extended periods of time. Of people being under financial and job stress. Of businesses struggling to survive. As well as health care workers on the front line who are in continual crisis day after day. Another group baring the brunt of the pandemic were young parents and grandparents who were trying to home school their children....
 
Leaving Self Behind John Main OSB
15 April 2022
Listen to these words of Jesus in St Marks Gospel. Anyone who wishes to be a follower of mine must leave self behind. He must take up his cross and come with me. We meditate to do just that. To make that fundamental call that Jesus makes. This is the basis of all Christian faith. To leave self behind.
 
Courage to Forgive Heart to Heart, A Catholic Media Ministry
09 April 2022
This documentary tells the story of Cardinal Bernardin's coming to awareness of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, his courageous action to address the issue, the false accusation leveled against him, his exoneration, and his reconciliation with Stephen Cook, his accuser.
 
i4give Website I4give Web site
09 April 2022
I4give Resource and Web site. Parents Daniel & Leila Abdallah have created i4give Day as a remembrance of the four angels that were tragically lost on the 1st of February 2020. This is to also help others who have suffered in a similar way. As well as this, it is a National day of forgiveness where you could find someone you can forgive or ask for forgiveness.
 
The Co-existence of Sacrifice and Self-Stewardship Jeffrey Frey
09 April 2022
Jeff Freys research has shown that there are ten areas of our lives that are affected by sacrifice and self-stewardship and focusing on these can help us help ourselves so we can help others.
 
Relationships that call for an ecological vocation Catholic Earthcare Australia
29 March 2022
Our seventh Convocation session leaps into action, as we explore transformative ways in which living an ecological vocation has changed communities, education systems, families and ourselves. Join us for an inspirational journey of how action from within has inspired others.
 
Francis called for March 2 to be a day of fasting Gerard OConnell
02 March 2022
Pope Francis made a heartfelt appeal for peace in Ukraine at his public audience in the Vatican on Feb. 23 as the situation continued to deteriorate between Russia and Ukraine. He appealed to the consciences of “those with political responsibility” and “all the parties involved” to “refrain from any action that would cause even more suffering to the people, destabilizing coexistence between nations and bringing international law into disrepute.”
 
Pray for Myanmar Marist Laity Australia
14 February 2022
We pray for the people of Myanmar.God please bring peace.God please stop the violence.
 
A Synodal Church - Expectations and Limitations Catalyst for Renweal
13 February 2022
A synodal church - expectations and limitations –appraising the plenary council and seeing beyond
 
Word Day of Peace Message - Dialogue Pope Francis
26 January 2022
Dialogue Between Generations, Education and Work:
Tools for Building Lasting Peace
 
News Archive - June 2009 Marist Laity Australia
22 January 2022
View the June 2009 Marist Laity Australia Newsletter.
 
Marist Laudatio Si Project in the Cameroon Father Luigi Savoldelli sm
19 January 2022
Father Luigi Savoldelli sm, sent this news, at the end of last year, from District's Laudato Si Project in Cameroon.
 
Prayer - God of the road less travelled Marist Laity Australia
13 January 2022
Share this prayer with your family, students, staff, community and loved ones. Download and PRINT the bookmark.
 
A Synodal Church John Larsen sm
10 January 2022
From his vast perspective after his eight years in leadership Pope Francis highlights “synodality” as the future direction for the Church. “It is precisely this theme of synodality which God expects of the Church in the third millennium”, he says. We are all urged to participate as best we can in this synodal journey towards and beyond the “Synod on Synodality” in Rome, in
 
Parramatta sets off on road to Synod 2023 Raimie Caramancion
10 January 2022
To be honest, the word ‘synodality’ is one of those words that used to fly right over my head because it wasn’t something I was familiar with. Lucky for me, there was an opportunity to unpack what Pope Francis is asking all people to be part of (see Vademecum p16-17). Are we listening to each other deeply or enough? What’s your experience and what can the Church do to be better at it? “What an opportunity…” I thought to myself, “…what an opportunity IF we do this right. So what do I need to know about this synodal process?”
 
Resiliency Prayer Marist Laity Australia
07 January 2022
Share this prayer with your family, students, staff, community and loved ones. Download and PRINT the bookmark.
 
Modesty Prayer Marist Laity Australia
04 January 2022
We are all made in your image owe God.There is a deep beauty in each woman, in each man, and in all of creation, which praises God.
 
How To Simplify Your Life School of Life
28 December 2021
It is well understood by good parents that life should only ever get so exciting for a baby: after friends have come around and brought presents and made animated faces, after there has been some cake and some cuddles, after there have been a lot of bright lights and perhaps some songs too, enough is enough. The baby will start to look stern and then burst into tears and the wise parent knows that nothing is particularly wrong (though the baby may by now be wailing): it is just time for a nap. The brain needs to process, digest and divide up the welter of experiences that have been ingested, and so the curtains are drawn, baby is laid down next to the soft toys and soon it is asleep and calm descends. Everyone knows that life is going to be a lot more manageable again in an hour.
 
Hearing the hidden voice Marist Laity Australia
18 December 2021
Recently, I was watching the movie “The Two Popes”. It follows a dialogue between Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis before Francis becomes pope. In it pope Benedict says “I can no longer hear the voice of God”. But, once Benedict said “I have decided to resign as being pope” he again could hear the voice of God. Is this because he was ignoring the voice of God? More, broadly, is it because each of us have stopped listening and rather ignoring. This is a reciprocal thing. We tune out to God’s voice. Maybe, we don’t know the language or vehicle of how God communicates to us.
 
Why have young people stopped going to church? Marist Laity Australia
23 October 2021
Leaders of the church have been asking for about 40 years “why is it that young people have stop going to church”. This question has now become “why is it that nearly everyone has stopped going to church”?
 
The School that tried to end racism ABC
21 October 2021
This program follows a group of primary school students as they learn to recognise and address issues of racism, prejudice and stereotyping.
 
Mental health and healing - Rullas Connection To Country ABC Indigenous
20 October 2021
Tasmanian Aboriginal of the year, Rulla Kelly-Mansell is a proud Tulampanga Pakana man, State League footballer and the director of Make Runs Maxi, a charity that promotes positive mental health.
 
Prayer for the Sabbath Marcia Falk
09 October 2021
At Candlelight May this Sabbath lift our spirits, lighten our hearts.Washing the Hands: Washing the hands, We call to mind the Holiness of the body.
 
TED - What to do when climate change feels unstoppable Clover Hogan - TED
01 October 2021
Today's youth have inherited a big, unprecedented climate problem to solve -- and the eco-anxiety to go with it. Gen-Zer and activist Clover Hogan knows the struggle firsthand, but she also understands the path to climate action starts with the one thing you can control: your mindset. She explains why challenging the stories that keep you feeling powerless can help you take the first step to protecting the planet for generations to come.
 
Climate action in Australia urged ahead of Glasgow COP26 talks ABC News
30 September 2021
The time for talk is over. Code red for humanity after a decade of toxic Australian Environmental policy. There is not enough government policy or incentives for businesses to invest. The policy vacuum is slowing down the change. Australian needs to put the political points scoring aside and evolve.
 
How great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek Simon Sinek
30 September 2021
Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question 'Why?' His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers -- and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.
 
Acceptance and Mental Health School of Life
25 September 2021
Can we accept our imperfections? What philosophies can we take to recognise the nature of our humanity both fragile and sometimes not perfect. This will allow ourselves to be ourselves and less defensive. With a philosophy of acceptance. Our pains fit into a broader picture.
 
Standing up for the Mardoowarra - Healing Country ABC TV
23 September 2021
'The river owns me. I don't own the river.' ✊🏽👏🏽Marlikka Perdrisat is a staunch Nyikina Warrwa and Wangkumara Barkindji woman fighting to protect her Country and the Mardoowarra.Join host Lille Madden, Arrente, Bundjalung, Kalkadoon conservation activist, as she yarns to Marlikka about the mighty being, the Mardoowarra River, and understanding the respect that Country deserves.Healing Country shares the grassroots initiatives, actions and change that young people are creating for their communities, culture, and Country.For more ABC Indigenous:
 
Holy Name of Mary 2021 Invitation Marist Laity Australia
11 September 2021
We would like to invite you to join us together with Marist Laity Australia on Saturday September 11 at 7 pm (EAST Eastern Australian Time) to celebrate in person. We will pray, sing, reflect and discuss together. This online zoom forum enables us to enter conversation and dialogue with each other. To listen to the word of God, not just within ourselves but other Marists from across the world.
 
Bringing healing to a broken world- Fr John Larsen sm Father John Larsen sm
05 September 2021
So much around us can look as if it is broken. We see fractured countries and societies from Afghanistan to Myanmar, from Ethiopia to Venezuela. A huge earthquake tears Haiti apart while the rest of the world, ravaged with Covid and with fears about potential ecological disaster, hardly notices. Sometimes these factures seem to cut right through our own hearts and our own communities.
 
Movie - The Lorax Youtube Movies
05 September 2021
This is a great family film which depicts the Dr Seus story of the Lorax. It shows the consequences of environmental destruction. This speaks volumes to what we are facing today. You are encouraged to watch this film with your family or community and discuss how you can be better stewards of creation. The world needs this film.
 
Inspirational insights from Dr Jessy Rogers at the Convocation of the Plenary Dr Jessy Rogers
27 August 2021
Dr Jessy Rogers from Ireland, provided what the Plenary meant as an international church. Pope Francis has called the church to become a synodal church. Synodality needs mechanisms and processes to enable it to happen. This is what plenary councils and plenary councils do. Those are what enable it. Synodality itself is actually a way of being church.
 
Heal the World - Virtual Choir Hope Childrens Choir
20 August 2021
Heal the world. Make it a better place For you and for me, and the entire human race. There are people dying If you care enough for the living. Make a better place for you and for me
 
Praying with Sarge 2 - Social leaning Marist Laity Australia
20 August 2021
Guided meditation and a reflection on Social leaning. Meditation is a form of prayer. Focus on your breathing. Breath in and breath out. Breath deeply. Focus on the prayer word Maranatha or Come Lord Jesus
 
How to listen when Country speaks | Back To Nature ABC TV
18 August 2021
Richard Swain, or Swainy, is a Wiradjuri man and river guide. He talks to Aaron and Holly about . I recon everywhere is sacred. It is hard to go somewhere that is not special in Australia. The relationship between people and country has been so long and so harmonious. That is why the country still speaks. Whenever you are walking through the bush and you are really relaxed. Birds are chirping. You might get off track. You don’t feel as good and the bush goes quiet. That is country speaking to you, When you get back on track things feel good again. That is your genealogical memory. You are from the Earth. She sings to you when you hear those songs.
 
Pray the rosary with Sarge Marist Laity Australia
15 August 2021
Join Andrew and Sarge pray the Rosary.
 
Assumption 2021 Invitation Marist Laity Australia
14 August 2021
We would like to invite you to join us together with Marist Laity Australia on Saturday August 14 at 7 pm (EAST Eastern Australian Time) to celebrate in person. We will pray, sing, reflect and discuss together. This online zoom forum enables us to enter conversation and dialogue with each other. To listen to the word of God, not just within ourselves but other Marists from across the world.
 
IPPC Regional Workshop 2021 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
10 August 2021
The 2021 IPPC Regional Workshop provides an exceptional forum for regional and national plant protection organizations to share ideas, enhance cooperation and work together to strengthen plant health at the national, regional and global level. By reviewing draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures, discussing topics of phytosanitary concern, and moving from ideas to action countries and regions will contribute to advance plant health globally.
 
An introduction to Christian Meditation Marist Laity Australia
07 August 2021
Join us as we learn how to pray using Christian meditation. 'Ma ra natha' .... 'Come Lord Jesus'
 
Home Schooling - Stage 1 - adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions Andrew Dumas
28 July 2021
With lockdown it is hard to teach our children at home. Do you have child in year 1 or year 2? Here are some resources for learning about sentence adjectives, conjunctions, and tense – past, present and future. Feel free to use them.
 
Fourviere 2021 Invitation Marist Laity Australia
25 July 2021
We would like to invite you together with Marist Laity Australia on Sunday July 25 at 7 pm (EAST Eastern Australian Time) to celebrate in person. Of all people are invited. This gathering with contain a special video discussion of four Marists, discussion between those who attend, prayer, reflection and song.
 
Awaken to an Earth Centred Cosmology Father Thomas Berry
25 July 2021
All of us are called upon to play a part. We are all contributing to vast planetary Ark, like Noah’s Ark, to avoid the devastating destruction which has been imposed upon this present planetary process during the 20th century. This idea of Noah’s Ark gives us a basic idea of how things function in a time of comprehensive decision making.
 
News - Let us start again from the Promise Marist Father P. Antonio Airo, sm
24 July 2021
Everything at this time - for at least the past 15 years and, particularly, in these past years - makes us feel that something is moving: within us, among us, in our 'branches' (Laity, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers), in the Christian churches, in our Church and in the whole world. The papacy of Francis, a new springtime of the Church that relaunches us decisively from the Gospel and from the Council. Our Western world, secularized almost to the point of no longer recognizing its roots, its culture, its values. Our Congregation, stirred by the new breath of Justin Taylor's 'Reset' - yet almost indifferent to it. The pandemic, that has sown deaths, which shaken many to the point of anguish, which seems to destabilize every 'ordinary' to which we had become accustomed or even resigned, in a one-way street of? well-being. But precisely this dramatic planetary event is placing us - we, here, today - before the mystery of the Passion and Death, which brings with it seeds and signs of Resurrection and new life: 'We are all in the same boat'. 'Nobody saves himself alone'.
 
Plenary Council Abundance of goodwill Marist Father Ben McKenna SM
21 July 2021
By Marist Father Ben McKenna SM. We Marists SM are committed to having an International 'Omnes Gentes' community in Paramatta. Covid has slowed us down, and while we are waiting it is worthwhile to ponder on a summary reflection of the Bishop of Paramatta, +Vincent Long OFM Conv, in his recent Helder Camara lecture. 'My hope for the [Australian] Plenary Council'
 
Blog - A case for Women in leadership in the Church Marist Laity Australia
15 July 2021
If we are to truly reflect the divine feminine and masculine image, we must consider women in leadership. Yet, our culture and our Catholic tradition choses to say “this is not our practise”. This is not just about who is right and who is wrong, but rather, if we do not embrace more women in leadership, what will that do? I can see what it has done, and this has been devastating.
 
Prayer - A Walk in the Wilderness Marist Laity Australia
15 July 2021
Share with your class and community. A prayer taken from Mark 6:30 which sees Jesus going into the wilderness.
 
Yunbenun Island ABC Australia
11 July 2021
Just over 13 kilometres off the coast of Townsville city, between the Great Barrier Reef and the mainland, lies an island paradise called Magnetic Island.
 
If one member suffer, all will suffer Sr Jane O'Carroll SM
08 July 2021
Sr Jane O'Carroll is a Marist sister. She serves in the Auckland Catholic Diocese as Bishop Pat's Pastoral Assistant and is Vicar for religious. Jane is also a member of Te Ropu Tautoko. Te Rōpū Tautoko exists to co-ordinate and manage cooperation between the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care and the Catholic Church in Aotearoa, represented by the Catholic Bishops and Congregational Leaders of Aotearoa New Zealand. In this short video Sr Jane explains the role and function of Te Rou Tautoko.
 
Pope Francis - Our moral imperative to act on climate change Pope Francis
07 July 2021
The global climate crisis will require us to transform the way we act, says His Holiness Pope Francis. Delivering a visionary TED Talk from Vatican City, the spiritual leader proposes three courses of action to address the world's growing environmental problems and economic inequalities, illustrating how all of us can work together, across faiths and societies, to protect the Earth and promote the dignity of everyone. 'The future is built today,' he says. 'And it is not built in isolation, but rather in community and in harmony.' (English voiceover by Bruno Giussani. Watch this talk in Italian at go.ted.com/papafrancesco and Spanish at go.ted.com/papafrancisco)
 
NAIDOC Week: Building the Sea of Hands The Calyx
30 June 2021
As part of the exhibition we need thousands of people to come down and plant hands into the lawn of The Calyx. The design will involve 10,000 hands in the colours of charred and burnt banksia pods as part of the 'Healing Country' theme. Head to the Calyx lawn from 29 June to get involved.
 
The Eight Rules of The School of Life The School of Life
30 June 2021
Often at school we learn about Maths and English. But what about the school of life? What is a swift summary of the building blocks of what makes life work better. Check this video out. This is inspiring. Reflect on this and share with those you love.
 
Marist Laitys role today Jen Bolster
12 June 2021
Jean Claude Colin said “Be bold. We are building a new Church.’ Some of you may have heard the saying ‘be the Church’. Colin and the first Marists looked to us The Marist Laity, to be the Church for those beyond the reach of priests, brothers, nuns and missionaries.
 
The Ginkgo Tree Father Ben McKenna
04 June 2021
'On Pentecost Sunday our Superior General, Fr John Larsen, together with the General House community, planted a ginkgo tree, one of five present during the annual two-day meeting of Marist Superiors-General and councillors held this year at Manziana, a Marist Brothers Centre north of Rome, May 14-15. The Marist Project has long been understood as a tree of many branches to which all types of people can belong
 
Journaling improves mental health Hayley Phelan
28 May 2021
Studies have also found that writing in a journal can lead to better sleep, a stronger immune system, more self-confidence and a higher I.Q.
 
A 30 day journalling project Matt D Avella
28 May 2021
A 30 day project of seeing whether journalling works...
 
Alpha Leadership Conference 2021 Alpha Leadership Conference
16 May 2021
Key note speech by Nicky Gumble.
 
Actions Speak Louder Than Words Craig Larkin sm
19 April 2021
There is a vehement passion in man. That propels him to search for God. In these days, This drive, as it appears, Is inarticulate, And dimly realised.
 
Daily Family Prayer - April 18 Marist Laity Australia
18 April 2021
Download and Print this prayer for your family or community.
 
Stop comparing yourself to others Dean Furnness
18 April 2021
When you stop comparing yourself to others, you can accomplish great things, says wheelchair athlete Dean Furness. He shares how, after losing the use of his legs in an accident, he discovered a powerful new mindset focused on redefining his 'personal average' and getting better little by little.
 
Daily Family Prayer - April 14 Marist Laity Australia
14 April 2021
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Loosing our way on our journey Kevin Bates sm
10 April 2021
Losing our way on a journey can be an unnerving experience. We may have an appointment to keep, a place to be, an arrangement to make and we get lost on the way. Panic and fear can easily take over and paralyse us, preventing us from thinking clearly or making the necessary decisions to re-set our desired direction.
 
Daily Family Prayer - April 9 Marist Laity Australia
09 April 2021
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Blog - People of the Resurrection Marist Laity Australia
07 April 2021
We have gone away for a break. This reminds me of how Jesus would go off often by himself for some rest. Into the wilderness. By himself. After such as a crazy year of uncertainty, of Covid, of my mum being in hospital 3 times, changing jobs, of many fires in Australia and recently floods. It is good to step away from craziness. To find a space to rest.
 
Laudatio Si Marists in Africa Ben McKenna sm
06 April 2021
Father Luigi Savoldelli sm, writes: I would like to begin my article by focusing on the experience that I have been living with African confreres and the people of Cameroon for some years now; our experience is grounded in the encyclical 'Laudato Si'' by Pope Francis. The Agricultural project that we began as Marist Fathers of Cameroon, working with a group of poor, local, people has its origins in meditating on this encyclical, and finding a way to develop and express its meaning.
 
The Conscious Parent with Shefali Tsabary Shefali Tsabary
05 April 2021
Life’s essential questions first get asked and answered in childhood. Our children pay attention not so much to what our children can verbally tell them. So, we can package the perfect answer. They are barely paying attention to that. Instead, they are absorbing on a deep level. How it is that we embody and live these answers.
 
Daily Family Prayer - April 1 Marist Laity Australia
01 April 2021
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Daily Family Prayer - March 31 Marist Laity Australia
31 March 2021
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Daily Family Prayer - March 29 Marist Laity Australia
29 March 2021
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Daily Family Prayer - March 27 Marist Laity Australia
27 March 2021
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Daily Family Prayer - March 26 Marist Laity Australia
26 March 2021
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Daily Family Prayer - March 25 Marist Laity Australia
25 March 2021
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Daily Family Prayer - March 24 Marist Laity Australia
24 March 2021
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Daily Family Prayer - March 23 Marist Laity Australia
23 March 2021
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God has a plan for you. Chadwick Boseman
20 March 2021
By Chadwick Boseman. Sometimes you need to get knocked down before you. Can really figure out what your fight is. And how you need to fight it. Sometimes you need to feel the pain and sting of defeat. To active the real passion. And purpose that GOD predestined inside of you. GOD says in jeremiah.
 
Seize the day Dead Poet Society
05 March 2021
Mr Keating makes his students leave their classroom for his first class with them, and so tells them that they should 'seize the day' - live life, before you eventually die. From Dead Poets Society.
 
Oliva from Tanzania - Caritas Caritas Australia
02 March 2021
Twenty-two-year-old Oliva lives in Tanzania with her farmer husband, two young sons and an adopted niece and nephew. She didn’t have the opportunity to go to school growing up - and was embarrassed that she couldn’t read, write or count. Around 25 percent of Tanzanian girls and women over 15 years cannot read or write, with many families unable to afford school fees or uniforms.
 
The Prevention of Clerical Sexual Abuse Bishop Geoffrey Robinson 2010
25 February 2021
By Bishop Geoffrey Robinson. 12 Elements in Institutional Culture that Contribute to Abuse. 2010
 
February Message from Marist Laity Australia Margaret Woods
23 February 2021
We hope you had a wonderful Christmas Season filled joy and surrounded with love from family and friends.As we refocus for the year, we take this opportunity to provide a brief update on some planned activities for 2021.
 
Prayer of Gratitude Uknown
16 February 2021
We are grateful for eyes that can see and ponder, for taste buds that know the sensuous pleasures of eating and drinking, for hands that hold and touch and feel, for ears that can delight in music and the voice of a friend, for a nose that can smell the aroma of newly mown grass or delicious food, and can also breathe the air that gives us life.
 
Laudatio Si the Big Furry Spider Marist Laity Australia
15 February 2021
On the weekend I was blessed to participate in the “Laudatio Si Action Platform” Zoom conversation with Father Joshtrom Kureethdam and Father Bernard McKenna and 90 other Marists lay people and religious. As I listened, in my heart I pondered “are these just words?” Sure, I agree with the philosophy and rationale behind climate science, but how does this change me? How does this change my own community? How does this change my family?
 
Bill Gates on the Environmental Crisis Bill Gates
12 February 2021
Bill Gates is focusing on Climate Change. We need to go green. Gates with the overwhelming number of scientists who are warning of a climate disaster. The good news is that Gates believes it is possible to avoid a catastrophic rise in temperatures. The bad news...he says in the next 30 years we need scientific breakthroughs, technical innovations and global cooperation on a scale the world has never seen.
 
A Mothers Message of Hope in her darkest hour Abdallah Family
03 February 2021
A message from a mother who lost 3 of her children in a tragic accident on February 1 2020.
 
Want to be happy? Brother David Steindl-Rast
31 January 2021
Want to be happy? Be grateful | David Steindl-Rast. The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you're going, and above all, being grateful.
 
How old are you? Marist Laity Australia
29 January 2021
This question was raised by a colleague at work yesterday. We responded 44, 47, 34 and then my colleague answered “I turn 60 this year”. She said it as if there was something wrong. I pondered to my self, “why is it our western culture devalues our older generations?”
 
Australian Day Prayer Marist Laity Australia
26 January 2021
Pray this ONE page Australia Day prayer in your family or community.
 
Miriam Rose Miriam Rose
26 January 2021
Senior Australian of the Year 2021 - Miriam Rose.
 
Laudatio Si 5 years on From Bishop Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture
13 January 2021
Pope Francis in the face of a grave crisis says we lack the culture to address the global environmental crisis. We need an new ecological conversion. But, solutions will not be emerged from just one way of transforming the reality. Christians are faced with a crisis both socially and ecologically. Christians need to reconsider the architecture of our lives. Christians need to redefine our notions of happiness to get beyond our notion of happiness. Art, writing and music are ways of building up a new culture of care for each other and the environment.
 
Strangers organise funeral for Arpad Kiss in Darwin Jesse Thompson
05 January 2021
Strangers organise funeral for Arpad Kiss, 82, who died alone on the streets of DarwinThe 82-year-old man's funeral service was small and simple, attended by about a dozen people who were both strangers and the last people he encountered.Those who went said it was a strange but deeply moving experience: gathering to farewell someone they had never really met.
 
Contemplation on the New Year Father Ben McKenna SM
05 January 2021
Christmas and New Year have provided us with the opportunity to pause, to watch, and to wonder at the event of the Word continuing to be made Flesh in our time. Perhaps we have found ourselves pondering with Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Magi at the unfolding of a Revelation among us that draws us to wonder, to encounter, to hope, and to be replenished with a new Divine-given energy.
 
Care for the Other Originally by Craig Larkin SM
02 January 2021
A reflection on how Marists are called to follow Jesus and care for each other
 





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