NACMS NEWSLETTER - February 2018

Sharing Our Marianist Stories Podcast
Episode Four: Mary as Mother and Friend (Maureen Hoock)

Lay Marianist, Maureen Hoock, shares about her Marianist journey in St. Louis, Missouri and about her deep friendship with Mary, as well as how being Marianist has impacted her vocation as a mother.
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Our Marianist Heritage
 by Joseph Stephanelli, SM

To acknowledge the end of the Bicentennial Celebration of the SM and FMI, from February 12-23 we would like to offer Our Marianist Heritage  for the sale price of $6.00.

First published in 1974 and revised in 2003, this book began as retreat presentations in 1971. Its aim is to probe the life of faith, the centrality of Jesus Christ, the role of Mary, and the value of community. It probessome specific questions, such as, what is it about the Society of Mary that gives it a special role in the Church, and what is it about the Society that guarantees the diversity of gifts in the church.

In addition to laying out a bird's-eye view of the times in relation to religious life (in the preface), the author discusses Father Chaminade's spirituality (characterized by openness to reality), its scriptural and historical underpinnings, Mary and some of her titles, and the concept of community within the institute and within the Church as a whole.
The author includes other parts of Marianist heritage in the form of The Three Offices, The Three Categories, The System of Virtues, and Father Chaminade's understanding of the apostolate.

Father Stefanelli asks very probing questions of the Society of Mary. While he spoke and wrote for the Society in particu
lar, this book is an important orientation fo
r lay Marianists in understanding the charism and apostolate they have committed themselves to, and points a direction in the formation that is needed to think, feel, and act as a Marianist.
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Let everything I do this day and in this season of Lent 
come from you, be inspired by you.
I long to be closer to you. 
Help me to remember that nothing is important in my life 
unless it glorifies you in some way.
It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day of my life and keep saying,
"Tomorrow, I will spend more time in prayer," 
but now my longing meets your love and I want to do it now.  
Help me to rely on you for help.
The prayer asks you that I reach perfection. 
Please, Lord, remind me that "perfection" 
isn't the crazy, "successful" way I try to live my life, 
but a perfection of my most authentic, real self. 
My "perfection" might be holding my many flaws in my open hands, 
asking you to help me accept them.
Heal me, Lord, and help me to find you in the darkness of my life.  
Let me reach out in this darkness and feel your hand and love there to guide me.
(Creighton Online Ministries)

All of us at NACMS wish you a prayerful and blessed Lenten season.


The NACMS Staff

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