July 2016

Apostolate of Prayer Intentions  
General Intention - Indigenous Peoples.  That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.  
Evangelization - Latin America and the Caribbean.  That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.

The Reflections for this month focus on Mary in this Fourvière Year. They are drawn from Revolution of the Heart and Walk Peacefully, Yet with a Sense of Urgency.

1 July – Friday | 1994: Brs Chris Mannion and Joseph Rushgajiki killed in Rwanda. Find out about our Marist SaintsHey! Jesus loves me!  
Mass for deceased Brothers, parents, relatives, pupils, colleagues and benefactors.  

Readings at Mass - Amos 8:4-6, 9-12; Mt 9:9-13.  
Intention - That we not be indifferent towards the poor. - Marists at St Peter Claver College in Riverview, Brisbane.

Reflection - Any discussion about our spirituality as Little Brothers of Mary must begin with the founder. The treasure he passed on to our early brothers and to each of us through our Church is unique and differs from the legacy of, for example, Jean-Claude Colin. (Revolution of the Heart p. 24)

2 July – Saturday  Morning Prayer  
Readings at Mass - Amos 9:11-15; Mt 9:14-17.  
Intention - That we detach ourselves from earthly goods. – The Brothers’ Community at Rosalie in Brisbane.

Marist Anniversary - 1842 Br Attale Grimand arrived in Tonga. - 1873 The first ceremony of reception of the religious habit took place at St Patrick’s, Church Hill, Sydney.

Reflection - The founder’s last Testament identifies the three elements that make up the core of his spirituality and that of his Little Brothers: confidence in God’s presence, devotion to Mary and reliance on her protection, and the practice of these two uncomplicated virtues: simplicity and humility. (Revolution of the Heart p. 24)

5 July 2015

3 July | 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time | National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday  

Readings at Mass - Is 66:10-14; Gal 6:14-18; Lk 10:1-12, 17-20.  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 2.

Intention - That we live simply. - Marists at the John Therry Catholic High School in Rosemeadow, south west Sydney.

Reflection - Marcellin described the spirituality he recommended for his Little Brothers; it was a mirror of his own. “Practice the presence of God; it is the soul of prayer, meditation, and all the virtues. Let humility and simplicity be the characteristics that distinguish you from others. Have a filial and tender devotion to Mary; make her loved in every place. Love and be faithful to your vocation, and persevere in it courageously.” (Revolution of the Heart p. 24)

Fruits of the Holy Spirit.  These are the affects of the Holy Spirit active in people’s lives (see Catechism of the Catholic Church par. 1832).   Traditionally there are twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit.  To the nine fruits listed by St. Paul in Galatians 5:22-13, the Church has added three more: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control, Chastity.

4 July – Monday | St Elizabeth of Portugal, d. 1336, When her husband, Denis, king of Portugal died, Elizabeth entered the convent of the Poor Clares and promoted reconciliation in Spain.
The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit  

Readings at Mass - Hosea 2:16-18; Mt 9:18-26.  
Intention - That we be one with God’s will. - The Champagnat Marists at the Champagnat Institute in Vatuwaqa, Suva, Fiji.

Reflection - Christ was central to the spirituality of the founder. So also was Mary, albeit in a different way. Marcellin had complete trust in her and confidence in her protection, saying often to his brothers, “With Mary, we have everything; without her, we have nothing.” (Revolution of the Heart, p. 25)

5 July - Tuesday | St Anthony Zaccaria b. 1502-d. 1539.  Priest and founder of the Clerics of St Paul.  
Readings at Mass - Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13; Mt 9:32-38.  
Intention - That our spirituality be trinitarian. - The Champagnat Marists at Marcellin Angels Kindergarten in Vatuwaqa, Suva, Fiji.

Reflection - The name of Mary was important to our founder. In Marcellin’s understanding of our faith, both Jesus and Mary were at the heart of the mystery of the Incarnation. So, we can say that while the founder’s spirituality was truly incarnational, it was decidedly Marial, too. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 25)

6 July - Wednesday | St Maria Goretti, (1890-1902) murdered in a sexual assault.  
Readings at Mass - Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12; Mt 10:1-7.  
Intention - For Brothers having difficulty with obedience. - Marists at Catholic College in Sale, east of Melbourne.

Reflection - The practice of the presence of God became the heart of Marcellin’s spiritual life. His path to a deeper relationship with Jesus and Mary, however, was not an easy one; the young priest encountered many rough stretches along the way. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 43)

7 July – Thursday | Solomon Islands Independence Day | Blessed Peter To Rot
Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Pastoral Note - This day is a feast in Papua New Guinea and an optional memorial in Australia.
Readings at Mass - Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9; Mt 10:7-15.  
Intention - That we listen attentively to the word of God in our lives. - For all catechists. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Ltyentye in Santa Teresa, Northern Territory, Australia.

Reflection - When the Japanese expelled the missionaries, Father Laufer shook hands with Peter and said, “To Rot, I am leaving all my work here in your hands. Look after these people well. Help them, so that they don’t forget about God.” To Rot willingly took on this work, even though he was afraid. He knew that God would be with him. He visited the sick, prayed with the dying, and held classes for both children and adults. To those frightened by the events of the war, To Rot would encourage them saying, “This is a very bad time for us, and we are all afraid. But God our Father is with us and looking after us. We must pray and ask him to stay with us always.”

8 July – FridayGo Fish - Fruit of the Spirit

Readings at Mass - Hosea 14:2-10; Mt 10:16-23.  
Intention - That we willingly respond to the prompting of the Spirit. - The Champagnat Marists at Santo in Vanuatu.

Reflection - The founder was strongly attached to the Mother of Jesus. He named us after Mary, saw her as the Institute’s first Superior, and called her our Good Mother. Yes, he made her a central part of our spiritual heritage. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 54)

9 July – Saturday | Ss Augustine Zhao Rong and companions, d. 1648, Chinese martyrs. St. Augustine Zhao Rong and the Church in China  
Readings at Mass - Is 6:1-8; Mt 10:24-33.  
Intention - That our decisions be grounded in prayerful discernment. - Marists at Notre Dame College in Shepparton, Victoria.

Reflection - Marcellin’s relationship with Mary matured over time. His complete trust in her and confidence in her protection grew into a union of some intimacy. Eventually she became his confidant. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 54)

12 July 2015

10 July | 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Apostleship of the Sea  

Readings at Mass - Deut 30:10-14; Col 1:15-20; Lk 10:25-37.  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 3.

Intention - That we be ready to accept whatever superiors request of us. - Champagnat Marist vocation ministry in Samoa.

Reflection - The founder wrote, “Get Mary on your side; tell her that after you have done all you can, it’s just too bad for her if her affairs don’t go well.” (Revolution of the Heart, p. 54)

The elements of Champagnat Marist Spirituality flowing in the tradition of St Marcellin Champagnat SM are centered in the God of Jesus Christ, incarnated in the circumstances of our world, enlivened by mission, and follow in Mary’s way:

  • God’s Presence and Love
  • Trust in God
  • Love of Jesus and His Gospel
  • In Mary’s Way
  • Family Spirit
  • A Spirituality of Simplicity

Dare To Dream - Marist International Youth Festival, Lyon 11-16 July - Website 

11 July – Monday | St Benedict, d. 550, Abbot , founder of monastic life in the West.  He started a monastery at Monte Cassino and wrote his Rule. Patron saint of Europe.
Discovering our Saints - Saint Benedict.
Readings at Mass - Is 1:10-17; Mt 10:34- 11:1.  Alt: Prov 2:1-9; Mt 19:27-29.  
Intention - For the Pope and our Bishops. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at the Sacred Heart Colleges in Somerton Park and Mitchell Park in Adelaide.

Marist Anniversaries - 1878 - Teaching Marist Brothers arrived in Napier. - 1920 Pope Benedict XV issued in Rome the decree proclaiming the virtues of Marcellin Champagnat.

Reflection - Marcellin trusted completely in Mary’s intercession: once her petitioners had done their best, she had to take responsibility for seeing these plans through. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 54)

12 July – Tuesday | Kirabati National Day  
Readings at Mass
- Is 7:1-9; Mt 11:20-24.  
Intention - That we be willing to share in decision-making. - The Brothers’ Community at St Helen’s Park in Campbelltown.

Marist Anniversary - 1803 Birth of Peter Chanel at Potière, France.

Reflection - Marcellin also counseled these early brothers to take Mary as their Mother. She was to be a model for imitation, and a person to be approached with childlike confidence. At the Annunciation, Mary’s response to God was trusting and direct. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 54)

13 July – Wednesday | St Henry - b.973 in Bavaria.  He was elected Holy Roman Emperor and died in 1024.  Gifts of the Holy Spirit  
Readings at Mass - Is 10:5-7, 13-16; Mt 11:25-27  
Intention - That we be open to points of view other than our own. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Thomas More Primary School in Sunshine Beach, north of Brisbane.

Reflection - The founder wanted us to be no less wholehearted in our “Yes.” In the Rule of 1837, he included a special prayer, “Abandonment to the Most Holy Mother of God.” (Revolution of the Heart, p. 54)

14 July - Thursday | St Camillus of Lellis - b.1550 in Italy.  he was a soldier who became a priest and founded a religious order to look after the sick, d.1614.
He is Exaulted
Readings at Mass
- Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19; Mt 11:28-30.  
Intention - That we be willing to accept responsibility. - The Champagnat Marists, school and community at Marist Brothers High School in Suva, Fiji.

Reflection - We must develop a new language to describe Mary. Simply put: what is needed today is a theology of Mary that is suitable for the 21st century. To make a difference, it must be sound, empower us spiritually, and challenge us ethically. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 56)

15 July – Friday | St Bonaventure, d. 1274, Franciscan theologian.  Be Still and Know  
Readings at Mass - Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8; Mt 12:1-8.  Alt. Eph 3:14-19; Mt 23:8-12.  
Intention - For local superiors and community leaders. - The Champagnat Marist Community at Kaikohe, Northland, New Zealand.

Marist Anniversary - 1827 Peter Chanel was ordained priest. – 1878 First teaching Brothers arrived in Napier, New Zealand. – 1946 Champagnat Marist apostolate began at Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

Reflection - Mary’s life was a genuine human journey. To deny that fact and take her out of the ranks of humanity is unfair to her and to all of us. This woman of faith was never, and will never be, divine. To persist today in applying titles to Mary that appear to give her the qualities of God brings confusion rather than clarity. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 56)

16 July – Saturday | Our Lady of Mt Carmel, celebrates Mary’s appearance to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite, and gave him a scapular.  It is a symbol of Mary’s protection and the gospel call to prayer and penance. On This Day Our Lady of Mount CarmelHow to make a scapular.  

Readings at Mass - Micah 2:1-5; Mt 12:14-21.  
Intention - For our major superiors. - The Brothers’ community at Templestowe in Melbourne.

Marist Anniversary - 1872 Opening of the Australian Novitiate by Br Ludovic at St Patrick’s, Church Hill.

Reflection - Mary was a Jewish woman of her day who observed the Sabbath and all the practices associated with the special fervour of the anawim, or poor of Yahweh, among whom she was numbered. Hers was a commonplace and obscure life. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 56)

Mathar and Mary

17 July | 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Readings at Mass - Gen18:1-10; Col 1:24-28; Lk 10:38-42.  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 4.

Intention - That we be willing to put aside our personal interests. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Tenaru – Laumanasa in the Solomon Islands.

Reflection - Here was a woman who searched, felt anxious, laughed and cried, did not understand everything, and had to find her way from one stage to another as she travelled life’s journey.  (Revolution of the Heart, p. 56)

Marist Spirituality 1 - God’s Presence and Love
The presence of God is a profound experience of being personally loved by God. We have a deep conviction that God is close to us in our daily human experience.

18 July – Monday  Spirituality and ritual  
Readings at Mass - Micah 6:1-4, 6-8; Mt 12:38-42.  
Intention - That we be willing to put our talents at the service of the community. - Marists at the Lavalla Catholic College in Traralgon, Gippsland region of Victoria.

Australian Anniversary - 1881 Transfer of the boarding school from St Patrick’s, Church Hill to Hunters Hill, where it was dedicated to St Joseph.

Reflection - And life did not treat Mary gently. She lived through the human lot that falls to us all: tears, distress and bitterness, courage and greatness, agony and death. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 56)

19 July –Tuesday | Bartolomé de Las Casas, d. 1566, Dominican, defender of the Indians.
Roman Catholicism (We are More)

Readings at Mass - Micah 7:14-15, 18-20; Mt 12:46-50.  
Intention - That we continue to grow in spiritual maturity. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Dominic’s Rural Training Centre and St Marcellin Primary School in Vanga Point in the Solomon Islands.

Reflection - Therese of Lisieux reminds us that we love Mary not because the Mother of God received exceptional privileges but rather because she lived and suffered simply, like us, in the dark night of faith. Mary was a daughter of this earth; she had human passions, joys. She shared all the human concerns that we experience today. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 57)

20 July – Wednesday | St Apollinaris  Life Is Like A Cup of Coffee - Inspirational Video.  
Readings at Mass - Jer 1:1, 4-10; Mt 13:1-9.  
Intention - That we be ready to denounce any abuse of power. - Marists at the Mt Carmel Catholic College in Varroville, south west Sydney.

Reflection - Mary also waited expectantly for the coming of the Messiah. And because she always looked at the world through the eyes of faith, she was able, over time, to recognize him in the Suffering Servant who was her son. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 57)

21 July - Thursday | St Laurence of Brindisi - b.1559, joined the Capuchin Order and was a renowned preacher. d.1619.  
Readings at Mass - Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Mt 13:10-17.  
Intention - For young people making life commitments. – The Community at the La Valla school located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Reflection - As an individual, Mary made difficult choices in life with courage, and grew, in time, to be an elder in the budding community of the Church. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 57)

22 July – Friday | St Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the apostles.  First person to see the Risen Christ.   St. Mary Magdalene.  
Readings at Mass - Song 3:1-4 or 2 Cor 5:14-17; Jn 20:1-2,11-18.  
Intention - For Brothers having difficulty with their vocation. - The Champagnat Marists at St Marcellin's Primary School in Vatuwaqa, Suva, Fiji.

Marist Anniversary - 1816 Marcellin Champagnat and Jean Claude Colin were ordained priests.

Reflection - While we hold fast to Marcellin’s image of our Good Mother, today we are ever more aware of the fact that Mary is also our sister in faith, and a prophet among the Communion of Saints. (Revolution of the Heart, p. 57) 


23 July – Saturday | Fourvière Day - 200th Anniversary - 1816: The first Marist priest and aspirants, including Jean-Claude Colin and Marcellin Champagnat, pledged to form the Society of Mary at Fourviere.
St Bridget of Sweden, d. 1373, Mother of eight children; widowed, she founded the Bridgettines; mystic and writer.  St. Bridget of Sweden

Readings at Mass - Jer 7:1-11; Mt 13:24-30.  
Intention - That we gift ourselves totally to God and to others. - Marists at the Galen Catholic College in Wangaratta, northern Victoria.

Marist Anniversaries - 1816 At, Fourvière (Lyon) the first Marist priests and aspirants, including Jean-Claude Colin and Marcellin Champagnat, pledged to form the Society of Mary.  - 1938 Departure of Brs John William Roberts, James Thrift and Ephrem Stevens to establish the first school in the Solomon Islands at Marau, Guadalcanal.

Reflection - In so far as we can, we irrevocably dedicate ourselves and all our goods to the Society of the Blessed Virgin. We do this, not childishly or lightly for some human motive or the hope of material benefit, but seriously, maturely, having taken advice, having weighed everything before God, solely for the greater glory of God and the honour of Mary, Mother of the Lord Jesus. We can do all things in Christ Jesus who strengthens us and to whom we hereby promise fidelity in the bosom of our holy mother the Roman Catholic Church. (Extract from the Fourviere Pledge)

Marist Brothers website Fourviere Year

Marist Family website 1816 Fourviere 2016

17 Year C

24 July | 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Bible Sunday  
Readings at Mass - Gen 18:20-32; Col 2:12-14; Lk 11:1-13.  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 1.

Intention - That our communities be united in love. - Marists at the Marist-Sion College in Warragul, west Gippsland region of Victoria.

Reflection - Using our eyes to look lovingly at today's world and its pressing needs which call for action similar to that taken in 1817. … I think, in fact, that Marcellin Champagnat: moved by the Spirit, remained caught up in the love which Jesus and Mary had for himself and for others. (Walk Peacefully, pp. 28-29)

Marist Spirituality 2 - Trust in God
Marcellin had an unbounded confidence in God.  He used to quote Psalm 126 – ‘If the Lord does not build the house…’  We embrace the mystery of our life with confidence, openness and self-giving.

25 July – Monday | St James, Apostle, d.42?, b. at Bethsaida, son of Zebedee, brother of John the apostle; killed by Herod.  St. James the GreaterThe Way of St. James

Readings at Mass - 2 Cor 4:7-15; Mt 20:20-28.  
Intention - That God’s love will overcome our human limitations. - For all those working with and participating in the young Marist initiatives across the Region.

Reflection - Marcellin wanted Mary to be the inspiration of his little Brothers and the protectress of the new foundation. (Walk Peacefully, p. 29)

26 July - Tuesday | Sts Joachim and AnneParents of Mary, Grandparents of Jesus.  
Readings at Mass - Jer 14:17-22; Mt 13:36-43.  Alt. Sirach 44:1, 10-15; Mt 13:16-17.  
Intention - That we be attentive to the needs of the community and the world. - For all Marists working with Ad Gentes in the District of Asia.

Reflection - Marcellin was deeply moved by the religious and cultural neglect of children and young people in the rural areas, which for us today would be the least favoured from the point of view of education. (Walk Peacefully, p. 29)

27 July – WednesdayWhen Love Takes You In - Steven Curtis Chapman. 
Readings at Mass - Jer 15:10, 16-21; Mt 13:44-46.  
Intention - That we love with a selfless love. - Marists at Marcellin Technical College in Adelaide.

Reflection - Marcellin believed that God was asking him to respond to this situation by founding an Institute of teachers (educators) and lay religious (Brothers). (Walk Peacefully, p. 29)

28 July - Thursday  | Eye has not seen
Readings at Mass
- Jer 18:1-6; Mt 13:47-53.  
Intention - That we make Mary’s spirit our own. - The Champagnat Marists at St Paul’s College in Ponsonby, Auckland.

Reflection - Marcellin believed in the great possibility of making Jesus Christ known and loved through education. (we would say today evangelising ). (Walk Peacefully, p. 29)

29 July – Friday | St Martha, friend of Jesus with sister, Mary and brother, Lazarus. She welcomed Jesus into her house. At her request, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.   Saint Martha  
Readings at Mass - (1 Jn 4:7-16); Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42.  
Intention - That we live the three Marial virtues of humility, simplicity, and modesty in our lives.  - The Brothers' Community and Marists at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College in Alice Springs, Central Australia.

Reflection - Marcellin was capable of opening himself up to change, always preserving an original nuclear idea, especially as regards those to whom our efforts should be directed: the most needy among the young. (Walk Peacefully, p. 30)

30 July – Saturday | St Peter Chrysologus - b.380 in Italy, Bishop of Ravenna, Doctor of the Church   -  Inspirational video - You can do this  

Readings at Mass - Jer 26:11-16, 24; Mat 14:1-12.  
Intention - That we put our lives and our talents at the service of the Church and of the world. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Marist College Ashgrove in Brisbane.

Reflection - I hear Mary telling us to "do whatever He tells you". It is an invitation to trust, listen to and obey God. But I should like today to situate the text within a deeper symbol system. Jesus turns the water into wine. (Walk Peacefully, p. 49)

18 Year C

31 July | 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Readings at Mass - Eccl 1:2, 2:21-23; Col 3:1-5, 9-11 Lk 12:13-21.  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 2.

Intention - That our communities be characterised by family spirit. - For all Marists at Marist Youth Care and the young people in their care.

Reflection - The water, used by the Jews to purify themselves, is a symbol of relating to God in fear; the wine is a new form of standing before the Father in trust and joy. (Walk Peacefully, p. 49)

Marist Spirituality 3 - Love of Jesus and His Gospel  
For Marists, Jesus is the human face of God. Marcellin taught the early Brothers that the aim of the Institute was to ‘make Jesus Christ known and loved’.