The Mayet Memoirs
Father Colin said: “Jesus left His Mother with His nascent Church so that she would watch over it in its cradle. She reappears at the end of time to call in those who have not yet entered the fold and to lead back to it those who have strayed from it.”
– December, 1845
Mission beyond the church
“Mary was the support of the Church in the beginning and she still is at the end of time.”This formula for me brings expression to three things:
- The essential is our mission, Mary’swork.
- Mary is God’s initiative at the end of time. All mankind is to be saved through mercy.
- Ours is an age of unbelief. It needs people who can bring faith, hence it needs Church as a community of “experts in God”.
To my mind, the Society of Mary is about a mission beyond the Church to those who do not belong or let us say no longer belong to the community of believers. The target of our apostolate is the whole world, not only the Church.
– Alois Greiler, sm
Understanding at the end
At the end of John Rechy’s dramatic novel, City of Night, the tragic homosexual hero makes a desperate series of phone calls to various rectories in the city in which he is living. His life is coming apart, and he needs someone to whom he can talk. He is disappointed at the way his efforts are received, and by the lack of understanding that he finds from the priests on the other end of the phone. Finally, however, he pours out all his inner confusion to a priest who seems to sense what he is trying to communicate. The priest does little else but share in all his pain, but this is no small gift. Rechy writes:
The first Church I telephoned was St.Patrick’s. “I can’t see you,”said the priest, “not until morning, we’re closed now.” And he hung up. I called St. Louis Cathedral, “l can’t see you – of course not. We get these calls all the time.”A third one – and I said hurriedly: “Don’t hang up, Father. I’ve got to talk to someone!”And he listened only a few moments. “You must be drunk,” he said angrily, and he hung up. And I called the Church of the Eternal Succour, and I called other churches-and they all said: “No, go to sleep,” “Come tomorrow to the confessional.” (Where life doesn’t roar so loudly – in whispers, it can be listened to…) “Some time else, when we are open.” One even said: “God bless you” before he hung up…
And I called one more church, St. Vincentde Paul. And a priest who sounded veryyoung answered, and he didn’t hang up and he was the one I had tried to reach, I knew, and he spoke to me, and spoke – and I can remember only one thing he said – and the rest doesn’t matter because all I had wanted was to heara voice from a childhood in the wind…. And what I do remember that priest saying is merely this: “I know,” he said, “Yes, I know.”
Marist Fathers’ Constitutions
The phrase “unknown and even hidden in this world” indicates the manner in which Marists engage in the apostolate and does not hinder them from doing great things for God. It leads Marists to place themselves which might be an obstacle to the working of the Spirit.
– Constituton 136