March 2017

March is traditionally dedicated to St Joseph

Intention from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network - Support for Persecuted Christians: 
That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.

The Reflections for this month are drawn from the First and Second Letter of the draft “Rule of Life”.

The Season of Lent

Lent 20171 March - Ash Wednesday | Lent in 2 minutes
  Joel 2:12-18;  2Cor 5:20-6:2;  Mt 6:1-6,16-18

Intention 1:  For deceased Brothers, parents, relatives, pupils, colleagues and benefactors.  
Intention 2:  The Champagnat Marist Community, Mangere Bridge.

Marist Anniversary:  1943—Death of Ven Brother Alfano in Ventimiglia, Italy.

Reflection:  Our Marist charism promotes in a particular Marial way the spirituality of fraternal communion as we carry out the mission of education and evangelization of young people entrusted to us by Marcellin Champagnat.

Ash Wednesday - First Day of Lent, the 40-day penitential season before Easter.  Ashes, an ancient symbol of penitence, placed on our foreheads is a reminder of our mortality and our need to repent, turn from our sins and follow the gospel.  During the time of Lent we are urged to renew our lives, to pray more, to make sacrifices, to give alms to the poor.

2 March - Thursday | Lent TV ad by Chemistry
Dt 30:15-20;  Lk 9:22-25

Intention 1:  For young people who are denied an education.  
Intention 2:  The Brothers’ Community, Netley.

Reflection:  Our charism then is like a spring of life-giving water, spreading over the whole earth. As you drink deeply from this ‘living water’ you will find your thirst quenched and your inspiration and energy renewed to become ‘living water’ or God’s Good News of life and hope for others, especially to the poorest, marginalized and neglected young people.

3 March - Friday | St Katharine Drexel - d. 1955, founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and schools for American Indians and African Americans.  
Celebrating Lent
  Is 58:1-9a;  Mt 9:14-15

Intention 1:  That we follow Christ as Mary did.  
Intention 2:  The Champagnat Marists at Pacific Rise administration, Auckland.

Reflection:  Our charism will continue to grow and find new expressions as each Marist tries to incarnate and share it within his or her culture, environment and life experience.

4 March - Saturday | St Casimir - d. 1484, Prince of Poland and patron saint of Poland and Lithuania.   The 14 Stations of the Cross  
Is 58:9b-14;  Lk 5:27-32

Intention 1:  That we love others with a selfless love.  
Intention 2:  The Champagnat Marist community, Ngaruawahia.

Reflection:  The spirituality of Marcellin Champagnat entrusted to Marists through successive generations, while being centered on love for Jesus and His Gospel, is essentially Marial and apostolic.

Lent1 20175 March | 1st Sunday of Lent 
  Gn 2:7-9, 3:1-7;  Rom 5:12-19;  Mt 4:1-11  
Link to Readings USCCB  
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office:  Week 1  
Intention 1:  That we make Mary’s spirit our own.  
Intention 2:  Marists at St Teresa’s Catholic College, Noosaville.

Reflection:  Founded in the dynamism of the mystery of the Trinity, our Marist spirituality flows from God’s paternal and maternal love for us, gains its strength as we give ourselves to others, and leads us back to the Father.

6 March - Monday  So What's the Story with LENT?  
Readings:  Lv 19:1-2,11-18;  Mt 25:31-46

Intention 1:  That we strive to be perfect disciples of Christ.  
Intention 2:  The Brothers’ Community in the University College of Aquinas, Adelaide.

Reflection:  Marist spirituality is incarnated and unified as you encounter God in everyday life, bringing all of your personal, communal and apostolic life to prayer and ensuring your prayer continues into every aspect of your life.

7 March - Tuesday | Sts. Perpetua and Felicity - d. 203, Martyred in the persecution of Septimus Severus in 203, at Carthage.  A Brief History of Lent  
Readings:  Is 55:10-11;  Mt 6:7-15

Intention 1:  That, like Mary, we lead others to Jesus.  
Intention 2:  The Brothers’ Community at North Fitzroy.

Reflection:  Inspired by Marcellin’s teaching and example, there are a number of key ways you can discover and nurture the living out of our Marist spirituality: (a) As you practice constant awareness of the presence of God in all of life. (b) As you grow in absolute confident trust of God’s grace and prov­idence.

8 March - Wednesday | St John of God - d. 1550, Born in Portugal; after a dangerous life as a soldier, deciding to devote the rest of his life to good works, he founded a hospital in Granada and set up the Order of Hospitallers of St John of God; he was outstanding in his love and care for the sick and needy.  

Season of Lent
Jon 3:1-10;  Lk 11:29-32

Intention 1:  That we live lives that are humble, simple and modest.  
Intention 2:  Marists at St Joseph’s School, Northam, WA.

Reflection:  Inspired by Marcellin’s teaching and example, there are a number of key ways you can discover and nurture the living out of our Marist spirituality: (c) As you encounter and live out God’s love revealed in the mysteries of the Crib, the Cross, and the Altar. (d) As you creatively build fraternity and family spirit with those with whom you share community.

9 March - Thursday | St Frances of Rome  d. 1440, wife and mother who looked after the poor and the sick.

What Is Lent All About?

Readings:   Est C 12:14-16,23-25;  Mt 7:7-12

Intention 1:  For Brothers who face difficult tasks.  
Intention 2:  Marists at Champagnat Catholic College, Pagewood.

Reflection:  Inspired by Marcellin’s teaching and example, there are a number of key ways you can discover and nurture the living out of our Marist spirituality: (e) As you seek to live the Marial virtues of simplicity and humility in your relationships with God, other people and all of creation.

10 March – Friday | St Dominic Savio1857, an Italian adolescent student of Saint John Bosco. He was studying to be a priest when he became ill and died at the age of 14.  
Merciful Like the Father

Readings:  Ez 18:21-28;  Mt 5:20-26

Intention 1:  That our communities be characterised by a family spirit.  
Intention 2:  The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Parramatta Marist High School, Sydney.

Marist Anniversary:  1908—The Australian Novitiate was canonically erected at Mittagong, and placed under the patronage of Our Lady of the Hermitage.

Reflection:  Like the Founder, you willingly put your life and talents at the service of the Church, doing good quietly and working with diligence and generosity.

11 March – Saturday  A reflection  
Readings:  Dt 26:16-19;  Mt 5:43-48

Intention 1:  For lonely people in our society.  
Intention 2:  The Brothers’ Community and Marists, Paita.

Reflection:  Following Jesus in the way of Mary brings your Christian journey and our Marist spirituality to fullness. Mary is your ‘Sister in Faith’. She teaches and models for you how to find God in all things, ponder God’s Word, sing of God’s greatness and proclaim his salvation and serve God’s justice with your life.

Lent2 201712 March | 2nd Sunday of Lent    Brisbane Reflection
Readings:  Gn 12:1-4a;  2Tim 1:8b-10;  Mt 17:1-9  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary 

Office:  Week 2  
Intention 1:  That we be men of deep spirituality.  
Intention 2:  Marists at Marist Catholic College, Penshurst.

Marist Anniversary:  1808—Birth of Gabriel Rivat at Les Maisonettes near Lavalla-en-Gier.

Reflection:  In every generation, there are calls for new ways of being Brother, a new way of living and building the Church, and a new way of sharing the Marist mission.

13 March - Monday  CAFOD Lent Reflection 2017
Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis 2013

Readings:  Dn 9:4b-10;  Lk 6:36-38

Intention 1:  That we show respect for others.  
Intention 2:  For Pope Francis, on the anniversary of his election.

Reflection:  Those who call themselves Marist drink together from the living waters of the charism of Marcellin Champagnat, share in the richness of living and being formed in Marist spirituality according to our respective vocations and take responsibility for promoting all aspects of our mission.

14 March – Tuesday   Lenten Song Michael John Poirier  
Readings:  Is 1:10,16-20;  Mt 23:1-12

Intention 1:  That we be content to leave the results of our work in God’s hands.  
Intention 2:  The Champagnat Marists at St Paul’s College, Ponsonby.

Reflection:  Brother, you share with all the baptized the common vocation to holiness and the responsibility for the mission of evangelization.

15 March – Wednesday Contemplative Prayer Lent  
Jer 18:18-20;  Mt 20:17-28

Intention 1:  For the unity of the Institute.  
Intention 2:  The Brothers’ Community and Marists at the administration centre, Port Moresby.

Reflection:  As a Marist Brother, you have an important role in promoting fraternal communion and Marial way of being church among all who are inspired to live the Gospel motivated by Marcellin’s charism.

16 March – Thursday  The Crowd or The Cross  
Readings:  Jer 17:5-10;  Lk 16:19-31

Intention 1:  That we witness to unity in cultural diversity.  
Intention 2:  The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Marcellin College, Randwick.

Reflection:  In living your consecrated life as a Marist Brother among your brothers and sisters, you are the face of Jesus and a sign of the maternal tenderness of God and the fraternal love of Christ.  Heeding Marcellin’s words, Brother, “love your vocation, be faithful to it and persevere courageously”.

17 March – Friday | St Patrick - c. 461, he was taken to Ireland as a slave and worked as a herdsman. On his escape he became a priest and was made a Bishop.  A Short Story

The Deer's Cry (St Patrick’s breastplate) sung by Angelina.

Readings:  Jer 1:4-9; Acts 13:46-49;  Lk 10:1-2,17-20

Intention 1:  That we be willing to respond to the needs of the local Church.  
Intention 2:  The Brothers’ Community and young Marists at Seabird, Randwick.

Marist Anniversary:  1984—Foundation of the District of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Reflection:  Brother, the call that you feel in your heart to live the evangelical counsels in our religious family, comes from the Father and through the personal love of Christ: Jesus looks at you with love and chooses you. That look is an invitation to live the baptismal grace in the following of Christ chaste, poor and obedient among your brothers and sisters.

18 March – Saturday | St Cyril of Jerusalem - d.386, became Bishop of Jerusalem in 348.  His Catechesis explained the teaching of the Church, Sacred Scripture and the tradition of the Church.  iLENT In-game Trailer  
Readings:  Mi 7:14-15;  Lk 15:1-3,11-32

Intention 1:  Marists at Mt Maria College, Petrie.  
Intention 2:  The Champagnat Marist Community, the Grove, and their vocation ministry.

Reflection:  Jesus reveals to you the merciful and tender face of the Father and his desire to live a covenant of love with you. He calls you by your name, leads you into the desert, speaks to your heart and entrusts to you His mission.

Lent3 201719 March | 3rd Sunday of Lent  Brisbane Reflection Lent 3
Readings:  Ex 17:3-7;  Rom 5:1-2,5-8;  Jn 4:5-42  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary 

Office:  Week 3  
Intention 1:  That we can forget ourselves in the service of others.  
Intention 2:  Marists at St Peter Claver College, Riverview.

Reflection:  Surprised and overflowing with gratitude, freely accept in faith the call of the Lord who whispers in your ear: “Come and follow me”. Allow yourself to be guided by the power of the Spirit who makes you a new creation.

20 March – Monday - St Joseph, Husband of Mary, Foster-father of Jesus. This feast honours Joseph’s role in the Holy Family. St Joseph lived in Nazareth. The Gospels indicate that he was a carpenter (MT 13:55; MK 6:3).  Like Mary, Joseph also responded to the message of the angel.  He cared for Jesus and Mary, but seems to have died before Jesus’ adult life.

Saint Joseph: A Hidden Life

Joseph's Song music and lyrics by Mary Earthman Littman.

Anniversary - 151st Anniversary of the foundation of the Sisters of St Joseph by St Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods on March 19, 1866.

Readings at Mass - 2 Sam 7:4-5, 12-14, 16; Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22; Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24, or Lk 2:41-51.  

Office - Of the Solemnity

Intention 1: That we can forget ourselves in the service of others. 
Intention 2: Marists at St Peter Claver College in Riverview, Brisbane. 

Reflection: As the Founder wished, we honour St Joseph, the principal patron of the Institute. He teaches us forgetfulness of self in the service of others. We ask him to help us share his love for Jesus and Mary. (C76)

21 March - Tuesday  Big fish - CAFOD 2017
Readings:  Dn 3:25,34-43;  Mt 18:21-35

Intention 1:  We pray for the grace to continue to heed God’s call.  
Intention 2:  Marists at the John Therry Catholic High School, Rosemeadow.

Reflection:  Contemplate with wonder the passion God has for humanity in that He sent Jesus to give life to the world and to be the brother of all.  He went through life doing good and bringing about the Kingdom of God.

22 March - Wednesday   Strength for a Lenten Journey  
Readings:  Dt 4:1,5-9;  Mt 5:17-19

Intention 1:  That we give life to the world.  
Intention 2:  The Champagnat Marists, school and Community, at Marcellin College, Auckland.

Reflection:  In His Passover, Jesus consecrates humanity to the Father and establishes a new Covenant.  Jesus gives you His Spirit for you to collaborate in the mission of God.

23 March - Thursday Lenten Reflection using the words from ‘Jesus Remember Me’  
Readings:  Jer 7:23-28;  Lk 11:14-23

Intention 1:  That our life be a love-worship of God.  
Intention 2:  The Champagnat Marists, students and Community, at Sacred Heart College Hostel, Auckland.

Reflection:  Your Covenant is lived in a fraternal and apostolic community.  Your daily fidelity to the spirit of the Beatitudes of the Kingdom gradually converts you into a humble sign of the mystical and prophetic dimension of consecrated life.

24 March - Friday | Oscar Romero - d. 1980, Martyred bishop and saint of the Americas.  The Summons    
Readings:  Hos 14:2-10;  Mk 12:28-34

Intention 1:  That we live our religious life more intensely.  
Intention 2:  Marists at Catholic College, Sale.

Reflection:  With your experience of God that leads you to care for all life, and with your simple and fraternal life, you will witness to how it is possible to live an alternative life that rejects everything that is opposed to God’s plan.

Maria Anunciacion 0625 March - Saturday | The Annunciation of the Lord  
Readings:  Is 7:10-14, 8:10;  Heb 10:4-10;  Lk 1:26-38  

Office of the solemnity 
Intention 1:  That Mary be the model of our consecrated life.  
Intention 2:  The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Ltyentye Apurte, Santa Teresa.

Reflection:  Contemplate Mary as a model in your jour­ney living as a consecrated person. Learn from her how to listen and to say “yes” to God’s plan.

Today is a celebration of the beginning of our salvation when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary with the message that she was to be the mother of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.  We celebrate also Mary’s humble and gracious acceptance of God’s will for her. 

lent4 201726 March | 4th Sunday of Lent  Brisbane Reflection Lent 4
Readings:  1Sam 16:1b,6-7,10-13a;  Eph 5:8-14;  Jn 9:1-41  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary 

Office:  Week 4  
Intention 1:  That we be faithful to the spirit of the beatitudes.  
Intention 2:  The Champagnat Marists, school and community, at Santo.

Reflection:  With the joy of one who finds a “pearl of great price”, freely integrate with trust the forms of renunciation and detachment of a disciple who walks after his Master.


27 March - Monday  
  Is 65:17-21;  Jn 4:43-54

Intention 1:  That our communities witness to gospel values.  
Intention 2:  Marists at Notre Dame College, Shepparton.

Reflection:  Brother, fix your attention on Jesus who joyfully lives His celibacy for the Kingdom, as a journey of love to the Father and to humanity.

28 March - Tuesday  Fullness of Life - CAFOD
Readings:  Ez 47:1-9,12;  Jn 5:1-16

Intention 1:  For all those to whom we minister.  
Intention 2:  The Champagnat Marist Community and Novices, Lomeri.

Reflection:  Contemplate Jesus close to you and warm-hearted, respectful towards all, sensitive to any suffering, simple and kind, capable of arousing the best in the hearts of those whom He meets.

29 March - Wednesday Refugee Crisis: children’s dreams - CAFOD
  Is 49:8-15;  Jn 5:17-30

Intention 1:  That our apostolic action strengthen our union with God.  
Intention 2:  The Brothers’ Community and Marists at the Sacred Heart Colleges, Somerton Park and Mitchell Park.

Reflection:  Following the footsteps of Jesus’ passionate and tender love, you are called to walk as a Brother.

30 March - Thursday  Ready for a reboot? The Season of Lent
  Ex 32:7-14;  Jn 5:31-47

Intention 1:  That our response to God’s call becomes more all-embracing.  
Intention 2:  The Brothers’ Community at St Helen’s Park, Campbelltown.

Marist Anniversary:  1817—Marcellin Champagnat placed his Institute under the protection of Mary, and called its members Brothers of Mary.

Reflection:  Only the intense love for Jesus and for His plan will allow you to live the gift of celibate chastity joyfully and with fruitfulness.

31 March - Friday  Lent: A Sanctified Art
Readings:  Wis 2:1a,12-22;  Jn 7:1-2,10,25-30

Intention 1:  That, like Mary, we put our trust in God.  
Intention 2:  The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Thomas More Primary school, Sunshine Beach.

Reflection:  In [the intense love of Jesus] you will develop your capacity to love and, gradually you become “Brother”, since you cannot love the invisible God if you do not learn and experience the love in the community of brothers and sisters visible to you.