August 2016

Apostolate of Prayer Intentions  
General Intention – Sports.  That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.  
Evangelization - Living the Gospel.  That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbour.

The Reflections for this month are taken from the Constitutions.

1 August – Monday | St Alphonsus Liguori, d. 1787, Founder of the Redemptorists. Discovering our Saints - Saint Alphonsus Liguori.  
Mass for deceased Brothers, parents, relatives, pupils, colleagues and benefactors.  
Readings at Mass - Jer 28:1-17; Mt 14:13-21.  Alt: Rom 8:1-4; Mt 5:13-19.  
Intention - That we believe that God continues to move the hearts of young people and call them to a variety of vocations. - Marists at the Trinity Catholic College campuses at Auburn and Regents Park in Sydney.

Marist Anniversary - 1892 Champagnat Marist apostolate began at Greymouth, New Zealand.

Reflection - Poverty requires us to make good use of our talents, to share what we are and whatever we have at our disposal, especially the time we call our own. (C32)

2 August - Tuesday | St Eusebius & St Peter Julian Eymard  
Readings at Mass - Jer 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22; Mt 14:22-36.  
Intention - That we do all that we can to foster young people’s generous response to God’s invitation. - Marists at the Burdekin Catholic High School and St Francis Primary School in Ayr, North Queensland.

Reflection - Father Champagnat’s poverty of heart is seen most clearly in his trust in God’s loving care. The foundation of our Institute is an ever-living proof that no daring is too great for a man of faith. Loving the poor as he did, our Founder wanted to send us more especially to them, without excluding others. (C33)

3 August - Wednesday | St Dominic - d. 1221, Founder of the Order of Preachers.  St Dominic History      
Readings at Mass
- Jer 31:1-7; Mt 15:21-28.  Alt. 1 Cor 2:1-10; Lk 9:57-62.  
Intention - That like Marcellin we see God in all things and believe all things come from God. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Louis High School at Bairiki on Tarawa, Kiribati.

Marist Anniversary - During the Revolution of 1830, Marcellin prescribed that the Salve Regina be sung at the beginning of morning prayer to obtain the protection of Mary.

Reflection - Marcellin’s first followers, by their austere life-style, lived very much on the level of the people they were serving. La Valla is for each of us a call to live in simplicity and detachment, both personally, and as communities and Provinces. (C33)

4 August – Thursday | St John Vianney, d. 1859, Parish priest of Ars, France. Battled to pass exams to become a priest; sent to a small French parish out of the way; underestimated by his superiors, he became famous as a person of prayer, humility, understanding and generosity. St. John Vianney   

Readings at Mass - Jer 31:31-34; Mt 16:13-23.  Alt. Ezek 3:16-21; Mt 9:35-10:1.  
Intention - That we experience God’s love in all of our life. – Marists at Trinity College in Beenleigh, Queensland.

Reflection - In being true to Christ and the Founder, we love the poor. They are God’s blessed ones; they draw his gifts upon us and evangelize us. Attuned to the voice of the Church, and in touch with our own vocation, we stand in solidarity with the poor and their just causes. (C34)

5 August – Friday | Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major in Rome  Butterfly  
Readings at Mass - Nahum 2:1, 3, 3:1-6, 6-7; Mt 16:24-28.  
Intention - That we be open to young people, sharing their world, their hopes and dreams, fears and concerns, their questions of faith. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Bendigo in Victoria.

Marist Anniversary - During the Revolution of 1830, Fr Champagnat prescribed that the Salve Regina be sung at the beginning of morning prayer to obtain the protection of Mary.

Reflection - Concern for the poor impels us to search out the root causes of their wretchedness, and to free ourselves from prejudice or indifference towards them. It makes us become more responsible in the use of our resources, which we must share with those among them who are most destitute. We avoid giving them the scandal of living in a way that is too comfortable. (C34)

77px Brooklyn Museum The Transfiguration La transfiguration James Tissot overall6 August – Saturday | Transfiguration of the Lord.  This event occurred when Jesus appeared in glory accompanied by Moses and Elijah, to the amazement of Peter, John and James.  Change My Heart Oh God  

Readings at Mass - Dan 7:9-10,13-14; or 2 Pet 1:16-19; Mk 9:2-10.  
Intention - That we experience ourselves as unconditionally loved by God. - The Champagnat Marist Community and their vocation ministry at Bikenibeu on Tarawa, Kiribati.

Reflection - Our following of Christ leads us to an inner divesting of self. Detachment from earthly goods frees us from needless worries. To be credible witnesses, we refuse to accept privileges that would stifle gospel freedom. (C35)

The ‘Transfiguration’ refers to the appearance of Jesus in a glorified form to his disciples. Jesus took Peter, James and John to the top of a mountain where he appeared to them with Moses (representing the Law) and Elijah (representing the Prophets). A voice declared Jesus to be the ‘beloved son’ and instructed the disciples to listen to him. (MT 17: 1-8; MK 9:2-8; LK 9: 28-36).

19 Year C

7 August | 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Vocations Awareness Week  
Readings at Mass - Wis 18:6-9; Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Lk 12:32-48.  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 3.

Intention - For personal fidelity and apostolic fruitfulness. - The Brothers’ Community at Blacktown in outer western Sydney.

Marist Anniversary - 1790 Birth of Jean-Claude Colin at St Bonnet-le-Troncy.

Reflection - In walking the way of poverty, we become more compassionate towards our neighbour and more open to the marvellous ways of God. Our life, in its simplicity and self-giving, reveals the face of a Church that is poor and at the service of the people. We give witness to the joy promised to those who are poor in heart. (C35)

Marist Spirituality 4 - In Mary’s Way 
Marcellin called Mary his ‘Good Mother’. He wrote that “without Mary we are nothing, with Mary we have everything, because Mary always has her adorable Son within her arms or in her heart”.

8 August –Monday | St Mary (of the Cross) MacKillop, d. 1909, b. in Melbourne in 1842. Founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart dedicated to educating children. After many difficulties, including excommunication she received approval in 1888 from Leo XIII of the type of governance of her order she thought best. She lived and worked in New Zealand for nearly three years in total.

The Life of Mary MacKillop.    Mary MacKillop - Gary Pinto.  

Readings at Mass - 1 Kg 17:8-16; Col 3:12-17; Mt 6:25-34.  
Intention - That like Mary MacKillop we never see a need without doing something about it. - Marists at Marcellin College in Bulleen, Melbourne.

Reflection - Jesus knew he was the Well-beloved of the Father, and His whole existence was centred on being one with the Father’s will. He responded to that love by putting Himself entirely at the service of the redeeming mission given to Him. His food was to do the will of the one who sent Him. He took on the condition of a slave and learnt, through suffering, the price of obedience. (C36)

9 August - Tuesday | St Teresa Benedicta of the Crossd. 1942, Philosopher and Jewish atheist who became a Catholic and a Carmelite nun. Martyred by Nazis.  
Franz Jägerstätter - d. 1943, Conscientious objector and martyred by the Nazi's.

Readings at Mass - Ezek 2:8 3:4; Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14.  
Intention - For those Brothers living outside Marist communities. - Marists at Bunbury Catholic College in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Reflection - Jesus is the perfect example that we try to follow. Prompted by the Holy Spirit, we seek to carry out the Father’s will in all things, and, in this way, to enter into the Paschal Mystery of the Son. (C36)

10 August - Wednesday | St Lawrence, deacon, martyred in Rome.  
Readings at Mass - 2 Cor 9:6-10; Jn 12:24-26.  
Intention - For young Marists. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Augustine’s College in Cairns, far north Queensland.

Reflection - The evangelical counsel of obedience, undertaken in faith and love in following Christ, who was obedient even unto death, obliges us to submit to our lawful Superiors, who act in the place of God when they command in accordance with the Constitutions. (C37)

11 August – Thursday | St Clare, d. 1253, followed St Francis in his life of poverty and founded the Poor Clares.
Discovering our Saints - St Clare of AssisiSt. Clare by Suzanne Vega.  

Readings at Mass - Ezek 12:1-12; Mt 18:21 - 19:1.  Alt. Phil 3:8-14; Mt 19:27-29.  
Intention - That we be joyful people. - The Brothers’ Community and the co-workers at the La Valla School, Yodifee and Villa Maria in Cambodia.

Reflection - As Marist Brothers, we come to Mary, the handmaid of the Lord, to be schooled by her, and we respond to her call: “Do whatever He tells you.” It is from Mary that we learn responsiveness to the Spirit and an obedience that is courageous and clear-sighted. (C38)

12 August – Friday | St Jane Frances de Chantal 
Readings at Mass
- Ezek 16:1-15, 60, 63 or Ezek 16:56-63; Mt 19:3-12.  
Intention - That youth experience our passion for God and compassion for God’s people. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Gregory’s College in Campbelltown, south western Sydney.

Marist Anniversary -1941 Br Donatus Fitzgerald and Augustine Mannes arrived at Tarlena, Bougainville, to take charge of the Buka Training College.

Reflection - In whatever he undertook, Father Champagnat was primarily concerned to do God’s will. This he sought in prayer, in consultation, in the mediation of his superiors, and in heeding the signs of the times. No matter the circumstances, and despite all contradiction and opposition, he obeyed his superiors, seeing in them the person of Jesus Himself. (C39)

13 August - Saturday | Sts Pontian & Hippolytus Viva la Voz - Tricia Walsh - Br Michael Herry FMS.  
Readings at Mass - Ezek 18:1-10, 13, 30-32; Mt 19:13-15.  
Intention - That we who share the founder’s charism be eager to promote vocations to the brotherhood he established. - The Brothers’ Community at Moola Road, Ashgrove.

Marist Anniversary - 1816 Marcellin Champagnat arrived at Lavalla to begin his priestly ministry. He remained in this small country parish for the next eight years.

Reflection - Our love for God’s will and our desire to carry it out throughout the whole of our lives, leads us to accept a series of mediations. Each of us is bound to obey the Pope by reason of our sacred bond of obedience. Among the other mediators are the hierarchy of the Church, and our religious family with its Constitutions, Chapters and Superiors. We make use of these, especially when important decisions have to be made. (C40)

20 Year C

14 August | 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Readings at Mass - Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Heb 12:1-4; Lk 12:49-53.  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 4.

Intention - For a sense of hope in the future. - Marists at St Mary’s Catholic College in Casino, northern New South Wales.

Reflection - Whether we be Superiors or not, we are all heirs to the Founder’s charism, and hence it follows that we must all be mediators for one another, according to the grace and the role given to us. (C40)

Marist Spirituality 5 – Family Spirit
Marists are inspired by the home of Nazareth to develop those attitudes that make family spirit a reality: Love and forgiveness; Support and help; Forgetfulness of self; Openness to others and Joy.

15 August – Monday | The Assumption of Mary into Heaven - Patronal Feast Day of Champagnat Marists. 
Under this title - Mary, assumed into heaven - is the patroness of New Zealand.
The Assumption of Mary. Mary’s song of love.
Office - Of the Solemnity
Readings at Mass - Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4,15-16,16:1-2; 1 Cor 15:54-57; Lk 11:27-28 - Day: Apoc 11:19, 12:1-6, 10; 1 Cor 15:20-26; Lk 1:39-56.  

Intention - That Mary will bless our Institute. - The Champagnat Marist Community at Wigram in Christchurch.

Reflection - God created human beings in his own image that we might enjoy communion with him, he sent his eternal Son as the one who descended that he might ascend again and bring with him the men and women whom he had gained in the world to share his glory with him. So the Assumption is one of the most encouraging items in the Church’s belief and one that gathers up the implications of many other doctrines. (John Macquarie: Mary for all Christians)

The feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the belief - dating from the earliest Christian times - that Mary, when she died, was taken bodily into heaven, in this way anticipating the general resurrection of all people on the last day. 

16 August - Tuesday | St Stephen of Hungary - Born in Hungry about 969. he was a just and peaceful King. d.1038.  
Readings at Mass - Ezek 28:1-10; Mt 19:23-30.  
Intention - That with God’s help we grow into being an attentive listener to life. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Newman College in Churchlands, Perth, Western Australia.

Reflection - Obedience in community requires each man to work at developing the spirit of communion and an inner fidelity to the action of the Holy Spirit. Two important helps in coming to see things as the Father sees them are spiritual discernment and sincere, frank dialogue with the superior and with one another. Time and again in this searching, we will have to abandon our own point of view to accept what the community, together with the Superior, believes to be the will of God. (C41)

17 August – WednesdayLife is Like A Bag Of Cookies - Inspirational Story  
Readings at Mass - Ezek 34:1-11; Mt 20:1-16.  
Intention - That we go forward together. - The Brothers' Community at the LaValla Community Project, Mount Druitt, western Sydney.

Reflection - When, after dialogue with his major Superior, a Brother is called to assume a Superior’s role, he should put his trust in the Lord, who confides this mission to him, and accept it with simplicity. (C42)

18 August - Thursday  Hope is a Gift like life, it is a gift from God - Thomas Merton.  
Readings at Mass
- Ezek 36:23-28; Mt 22:1-14.  
Intention - For a spirit of reconciliation in our lives. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Michael’s Primary School in Daceyville, Sydney.

Reflection - The Superior will carry out his responsibility as a service to be rendered. He should be foremost in living the Constitutions and should try to lead his Brothers along the path traced out by Christ. He will keep alert to the workings of the Holy Spirit by persevering prayer and by listening to his Brothers. In his interviews, he helps each of them to discern the designs of the Lord. (C42)

19 August – Friday | St John Eudes(1601-1680), priest. Promoted devotion to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  
Readings at Mass - Ezek 37:1-14; Mt 22:1-14.  
Intention - That we revitalise our communities. - The Brothers’ Community at Drummoyne in Sydney.

Reflection - The call to live evangelical obedience for the Kingdom involves communities, Provinces, and the Institute itself in a constant search to know God’s will. It is not always easy to be sure of what He asks of us, especially in times of profound change and renewal. We discern it in prayer, so as to arrive at a decision in concert with our Superiors. (C43)

20 August – Saturday | St Bernard, d. 1153, Monk of Clairvaux. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.    Check out St Bernard’s College.  
Readings at Mass - Ezek 43:1-7; Mt 23:1-12.  Alt. Sirach 15:1-6; Jn 17:20-26.  
Intention - For a spirit of simplicity. - Marists at St Patrick’s Marist College in Dundas, Sydney.

Marist Anniversary – 1888 - Marist Brothers arrive in Samoa to re-establish a school which was closed in 1877.

Reflection - This discernment in the Holy Spirit calls for a spirit of faith, attentiveness to the word of God, fidelity to the charism of the Institute, an accurate reading of the signs of the times, and a putting aside of particular interests of individuals or groups. (C43)

21 Year C

21 August | 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Readings at Mass - Is 66:18-21; Heb 12:5-7; Lk 13:22-30.  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 1.

Intention - For boundless vision and outlook. - Marists at Wewak and Yangoru in Papua New Guinea.

Reflection - In submission to the Father, Christ came to serve. By a similar submission, we learn to be of service to our Brothers. Whatever his employment may be, and according to his capabilities, each Brother takes part in community activities, putting his talents at the service of the community and of the apostolic mission. (C44)

Marist Spirituality 6 – A Spirituality of Simplicity.
Marists strive to be people of integrity, truthful, open-hearted and transparent in our relationships.

22 August – Monday |  Our Lady, Queen and Mother.  By virtue of her holiness and unique relationship with Jesus, Mary’s place in heaven is highly important, and powerful on behalf of people who ask for her prayers.

Magnificat activity. Magnificat song – Hass.  

Readings at Mass - 2 Thess 1:1-5, 11-12; Mt 23:13-22.  Alt: Is 9:1-6; Lk 1:26-38.  
Intention - For a deep sense of God’s unconditional love. - The Brothers’ Communities and Marists in Baucau, East Timor.

Reflection - We live out the mystery of obedience in the ordinary events and occupations of everyday life. It is a long road to walk, but we must not let the difficulties to be overcome discourage us. A humble fidelity will bring about the integration of our person in love, and lead us to spiritual maturity in the freedom that belongs to the sons of God. The acceptance of death will be our final act of filial obedience. (C44)

23 August - Tuesday | St Rose of Lima - d. 1617, First saint from the Americas; a recluse and Dominican tertiary devoting long hours to prayer, penance, and caring for the sick, poor, Indians and slaves.

Readings at Mass - 2 Thess 2:1-3,14-17; Mt 23:23-26.  
Intention - That we be people of vision and hope. – The Brothers’ Community and all Marists in Eastwood, Sydney.

Reflection - The exercise of evangelical obedience gives expression to our freedom and to our readiness to serve in the Church’s mission. It makes us strong, even in our weakness. By it, we denounce any seeking after power or any abuse of power, and any ideology that encroaches on the rights of the human person or that makes an absolute of individual freedom. (C45)

24 August - Wednesday | St Bartholomew - Apostle, from Cana (see John 1:43), martyred in Armenia 44AD.  

Readings at Mass - Apoc 21:9-14; Jn 1:45-51.  
Intention - That we live the present as gift. - Marists at Marist College in Emerald, central Queensland.

Reflection - Our life as consecrated men is a journey of faith, hope, and love. Jesus has challenged each of us. We have heard His words: “Do not be afraid,” and have set aside fears and hesitations in order to follow Him. (C46)

25 August –Thursday |  St Louis, d. 1270, King of France, Crusader.  A Course In Miracles Quotes Video.  
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 1:1-9; Mt 24:42-51.  
Intention - That like Marcellin we be aware that God is everywhere and always present. - The Champagnat Marists, school and community at Marcellin College in Royal Oak, Auckland.

Reflection - With Father Champagnat as our guide, we go forward together day after day, hearts filled with gratitude, encouraged by the fidelity of the Brothers who have walked this way before us. As we journey on, we may experience doubt, loss of enthusiasm, dryness of heart, or waywardness by pursuing false consolations. We shall fight our way through all this, especially by recourse to Mary, and with the help of our Brothers. (C46)

26 August – FridayOpen The Eyes of My Heart  
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 1:17-25; Mt 25:1-13.  
Intention - For a discerning attitude. - The Champagnat Marists, school and community at Marist Brothers High School in Suva, Fiji.

Reflection - It is in the love of the Trinity that community life has its origin. The Father wants all people to form one single family in which all will be loved as brothers and sisters. Jesus established a community with the apostles and prayed that we might be one, as He and the Father are one. (C47)

27 August – Saturday | St Monica, d. 387, b. in Africa to a Christian family, mother of Augustine; strong in faith and prayer; she longed for her son to become a Christian, never losing hope even when it seemed he never would and didn’t care. Saint Monica.

Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 1:26-31; Mt 25:14-30.  Alt. Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16; Lk 7:11-17.  
Intention - For creative approaches to prayer. - The Brothers’ Community at Nicholson Street in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Marist Anniversaries - 1885 The first teaching Brothers arrived in Auckland. - 1888 Arrival of the first teaching Brothers in Suva, Fiji.

Reflection - We answer the call of Christ by wanting to live together in a community of consecrated persons. Our unity shows that God is Love, and that this love, poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, is stronger than our human limitations. (C46)

30 August 2015

28 August | 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time | World Refugees and Migration Day  
Readings at Mass - Sirach 3:17-20, 28-29; Heb 12:18-19, 22-24; Lk 14:1, 7-14.  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Intention - TOffice - Week 2.hat we have apostolic hearts. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Red Bend College in Forbes, central New South Wales.

Reflection - As was the case with the community of the apostles gathered together on Pentecost day, we are conscious of the presence among us of Mary, Mother of the Church. She helps us to live as brothers, bringing home to us the realization that we make up one body in Christ. Like Mary at the Visitation and at Cana, we remain attentive to the needs of the community and of the world. (C48)

29 August – Monday | The Passion of St John the Baptist, Herod executed John the Baptist.  See MT14:1-12. 

Beheading of St. John the Baptist.   Stephen the Levite - John the Baptist.  National Geographic HD - Head of John the Baptist

Readings at Mass - Jer 1:17-19; Mk 6:17-29.  
Intention - For those Brothers working with Ad Gentes. - The Brothers’ Community at Gladesville in Sydney.

Reflection - To make Mary’s spirit our own, we contemplate the life of our Mother and Model. Our ways of being and acting draw their 148 inspiration and guidance from the attitudes that made her the perfect disciple of Christ. (C4)

30 August - Tuesday  Restless Is The Heart - Bernadette Farrell  
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 2:10-16; Lk 4:31-37.  
Intention - For a global awareness. - Marists at Chanel College in Gladstone, central Queensland.

Reflection - The three Marial virtues of humility, simplicity, and modesty come to us from Marcellin Champagnat. These virtues give a quality of authenticity and kindness to our relationships with our Brothers and with other people we meet. (C5

31 August - Wednesday  Quotes on love
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 3:1-9; Lk 4:38-44.  
Intention - For collaboration with the local Church. - The Champagnat Marists, students and community at Sacred Heart College Hostel in Auckland.

Reflection - We willingly put our lives and our talents at the service of the Church and of the world, doing good quietly. We are aware of our limitations, yet, trusting in God and in Mary, we can undertake difficult tasks and carry them through to a successful completion, as the Founder did. (C5)