The Mayet Memoirs
On January 2, 1842 Father Colin brought Fathers Jallon, Favre, Dussurgey, Lagniei and Eymard together…and spoke to then; in words burning with zeal, saying to them that zeal is the essential quality of priests, or Marists; that Marists must be like the apostles; that the apostles were only 12 in number and that they had converted the world, and we Gentlemen, we already number 40!
For myself I find the “rediscovered” concept of the laity within the Society of Mary an exciting prospect. That the rediscovery of our “roots” should come at a time within the Church when people are seeking new and more vibrant forms of community life is exhilarating.
– Patrick Brophy, sm
What difference does this notion of “communion” make? T o call the Church first and foremost a “communion” is to place the accent upon the creation of a bond of love and service among all of its members. One cannot close in on oneself in spiritual isolation from the rest of the community. Each must take up the task of forming this communion, a reflection of the Trinity on earth, even though his or her role may be different. The priest will lead especially through his role in Word and Sacrament,and the laity primarily through taking an active role in witnessing to the Gospel by word and example in the various areas of human culture, in business, art, in law and politics, in the media, etc. But both priest and laity are to be concerned about all aspects of the Church and its worship, of the world and its works. The Church as “communion” means that laity and clergy are bound together in one work and one mission,the evangelisation of the world.
– Frank McKay, sm
Fire of Zeal
Those of us who have been used to a more static representation of the events of Pentecost may find this artist’s interpretation surprising. And yet, it could be close to the reality of the Pentecost event which so affected the disciples that people thought they were drunk with wine. (Acts.2:13) Mary, whose prayer hastened the coming of the Spirit, is seen as the hidden missionary force in the Church at its beginning. Something of that same zeal and urgency was felt by the early Marists. Jeanne-Marie Chavoin reminded her sisters: “We must have confidence. God is not dead!” Marcellin Champagnat’s zeal led him to admit: “I cannot see a child without telling him how much God loves him.” And Jean-Claude Colin said even at the end of his life: “I have a great ambition – to seize the whole world under the wings of Mar y . . . . He also wanted the Third Order “to cover the earth”.
The Church cannot live today at a normal, tranquil, slow The world needs you, the world is waiting for you. Even and peaceful tempo…. It is from these times that the call in its opposition, the world proclaims its hunger for truth, comes to us: it is necessary to be present with one’s whole soul; it is necessary to be present with an effort and an awareness of full and generous correspond- ence. We cannot be creatures of habit, half-hearted collaborators.We must live intensely.
– Pope Paul VI
The world needs you, the world is waiting for you. Even in its opposition, the world proclaims its hunger for truth, justice, renewal, which only your ministry can satisfy. Listen to the groans of the poor, the candid voice of youth, the complaint of the worker, the sighs of the suffering, the criticism of the thinker. But don’t be afraid…. The Lord is with you.
– Pope Paul VI