Some… are bent on finding something miraculous in the beginning and the origin of the Society. The miracle is that God was willing to use such instruments for His work… We who are at the beginning are like rough stones that you throw to the bottom of the foundation. You don’t use polished stones for that.
I especially want there to be in the Society some record of our beginnings, not just so that we shall be talked about… but so that in the future people will conform to our way of acting and imitate the simplicity that God blessed…. Never were we so joyous. Never did we laugh with such good heart. I’ve always been nostalgic for that period.
We were hard up in our early days. But how happy we were! At that time we were light- hearted and simple as children, and no sullen faces were ever seen about the house…. Such happy times do not recur; they are blessings attached to the poverty of beginnings.
These pieces of sculpture
have been called “The Prisoners”,
and they reveal what can happen
to an ordinary piece of stone
when the craftsmanship of a genius
draws from inside it
a perfection and form that others
would never have thought possible.
If a human genius can look at a piece of stone
and see possibilities that others cannot see,
what possibilities might God see in human beings?
What “prisoner” inside each of us unlikely people
is waiting to be released?
And what might happen if people allowed Mary
– often referred to by the Scriptural title of wisdom
– to shape and form and draw forth
from the depths of their being
a particular image of the disciple of Jesus
And what might happen
if these disciples of Jesus
– men, women, children, priests, sisters,
brothers, lay people –
gathered together to rebuild the church?
That was the dream of those pioneers
of the Marist project,
and they promised God
they would go anywhere in the world for it.