May is traditionally the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Apostolate of Prayer Intentions
General Intention - Respect for Women. That in every country of the world, women may be honoured and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization - Holy Rosary. That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.
The Reflections for this month are drawn from the encyclical letter of Pope Francis - Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home.
15 May - Monday | Isadore the Farmer
Readings: Acts 14:5-18; Jn 14:21-26
Intention 1: For our spiritual directors.
Intention 2: The Brothers’ Community, Gladesville.
Marist Anniversary: 1876—Champagnat Marist apostolate began in Wellington, NZ.
Reflection: With Mary learn not to be centered on yourself, but to share with the humble, to treat them with tenderness, be moved by their circumstances and to commit yourself to their just causes.
16 May – Tuesday
Readings: Acts 14:19-28; Jn 14:27-31a
Intention 1: That we grow in love.
Intention 2: Marists at Chanel College, Gladstone.
Reflection: Like Mary we gradually grow in attentiveness and sensitivity to the Spirit so that He can model in you the heart of a poor person.
17 May – Wednesday
Readings: Acts 15:1-6; Jn 15:1-8
Intention 1: That we have a delicate conscience.
Intention 2: The Champagnat Marist Community at 48 & 50 Crossfield Road, Glendowie.
Reflection: Learn from Marcellin and the first Brothers the audacious trust in Providence, the preference for those in greatest need, and the creative and simple poverty needed to dedicate yourself to them.
18 May – Thursday | St John I - Elected Pope in 523 imprisoned by Theodoric and died in 526. Shout to the Lord
Readings: Acts 15:7-21; Jn 15:9-11
Intention 1: That we live the values we proclaim.
Intention 2: The Champagnat Marist Community, Grey Lynn.
Marist Anniversary: 1840—The Spiritual Testament of Father Champagnat was read by Br Louis Marie to the Brothers assembled around Marcellin’s bedside.
Reflection: Allow yourself to be challenged by [Marcellin’s] final recommendation: Maintain yourself in an honest or upright spirit of poverty and detachment.
19 May – Friday
Readings: Acts 15:22-31; Jn 15:12-17
Intention 1: That we be faithful to the gift of chastity.
Intention 2: The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Francis Xavier College, Hamilton, NSW.
Reflection: Out of love for Jesus you follow his path with freedom and joy. You conform yourself to him and gradually you become a prophet who announces the concrete way in which He lived.
20 May – Saturday | St Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444) Franciscan priest who promoted the devotion to the holy name of Jesus.
Readings: Acts 16:1-10; Jn 15:18-21
Intention 1: That we become one with Christ in his poverty.
Intention 2: The Champagnat Marists at St John's College in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Marist Anniversary - 1789: Birthday of St Marcellin Champagnat at Le Rosey. Encounter – Feast of St Marcellin
Reflection: With the transforming force of the Good News you recognize yourself as son of the Father and brother of all: in gradually becoming poor you go out to meet the poor to be in solidarity and to work towards liberation.
Office: Week 2
Intention 1: For the poor in our society.
Intention 2: The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill.
Marist Anniversary: 1789—Marcellin Champagnat was baptised in the parish church of Marlhes.
Reflection: With free and progressive consistency, each day you surrender until you reach, like the Lord Himself, the total and loving gift of your life.
22 May – Monday | Rita of Cascia I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons.
Readings: Acts 16:11-15; Jn 15:26-16:4a
Intention 1: That, like Mary, we live simply.
Intention 2: For young men across the region in initial formation as Brothers.
Reflection: Like Jesus you are aware that you have received everything from the Father. Being conscious of your limitations, you experience the consolation of the Father and Mother.
23 May – Tuesday
Readings: Acts 16:22-34; Jn 16:5-11
Intention 1: That we break loose from our earthly attachments.
Intention 2: Marists at Assumption College, Kilmore.
Reflection: This consciousness [of your limitations] helps you to open yourself to others, to participate with them of the joys and sorrows, to make theirs your own and to give warmth to their heart when you offer them your time and person.
24 May - Wednesday | Mary, Help of Christians. Patroness of Australia. Celebrates the victory over the Turks at Lapanto 1571. Became a feast in 1814 following the return from captivity of Pope Pius VII to Rome. Help of Christians
Readings: Acts 17:15,22-18.1; Jn 16:12-15
Intention 1: That we acknowledge our limitations, and accept help.
Intention 2: Marists at Marist College, Kogarah.
Anniversary: 1844—The first Provincial Synod of the Church in Australasia decreed that the Blessed Virgin Mary should be invoked under the title “Help of Christians” as Patroness of Australasia.
Reflection: The following of Jesus who was poor implies that you continue to deepen in his way of humbling Himself; that you grow in evangelical freedom and consistency; that you free yourself from the temptation of efficiency, consumerism and power.
25 May - Thursday | St Bede the Venerable | St Gregory VII | St Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi
Readings: Acts 18:1-8; Jn 16:16-20
Intention 1: That we may live frugally.
Intention 2: Marists at the John Berne School, Lewisham.
Reflection: Show yourself ready to commit yourself with every person of good will in the struggle of solidarity for a more just world.
26 May – Friday | St Philip Neri, d. 1595, Priest. Reflection
National Sorry Day (Australia). National Sorry Day remembers and commemorates the mistreatment of the country's indigenous population.
Readings: Acts 18:9-18; Jn 16:20-23
Intention 1: That we may live simply.
Intention 2: The Brothers’ Community at High Street, Mascot .
Reflection: In consecrating yourself to God and to people, you assume the commitment to defend life in the whole of creation by contributing to the care of nature, to ecological balance, to the defence of the poor, to respect and fraternity.
27 May – Saturday | St Augustine of Canterbury, d. 605, Sent to England in 597 by Pope St. Gregory the Great, he converted many to the faith. First Archbishop of Canterbury. Life of St Augustine of Canterbury
National Reconciliation Week May 27 to June 3 commemorates the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
Readings: Acts 18:23-28; Jn 16:23b-28
Intention 1: That we give our time and talents for others.
Intention 2: The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Trinity Catholic College, Lismore.
Intention 3: National Reconciliation Week, Australia.
Reflection: In consecrating yourself to God and to people, you opt for an austere, sober and responsible life-style that takes into account the common good on a broad scale and for the long term.
28 May | Sunday - The Ascension of the Lord
Intention 1: That we give preference to the poor.
Intention 2: The Champagnat Marist Community and Novices at Lomeri.
Reflection: By a simple and surrendered life you manifest, in the best way, that you are a person who is poor in the service of the poor.
29 May - Monday
Readings: Acts 19:1-8; Jn 16:29-33
Office: Week 3
Intention 1: That we may live in simplicity and detachment.
Intention 2: The Champagnat Marist Community at “The Grove”, Lower Hutt.
Marist Anniversary: 1955—Beatification of Marcellin Champagnat by Pope Pius XII.
Reflection: Learn to see the world through the eyes of the poor. Allow yourself to be evangelized by them and become a joyful and credible witness of the mercy of the Father, so that you gradually become like Christ, poor servant and universal brother.
30 May – Tuesday | St Joan of Arc, d.1431, fought to save France form foreign aggressors. Canonised in 1920 for the virtue of her life and her faithfulness to the promptings of God’s grace. Joan of Arc 1412-1431. Horrible Histories Joan of Arc Song.
Readings: Acts 20:17-27; Jn 17:1-11a
Intention 1: That we stand in solidarity with the poor.
Intention 2: The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Joseph’s College, Mabiri, Bougainville.
Reflection: As Little Brother of Mary, you become a disciple of the Servant of the Lord and you respond to her invitation: Do what He tells you.
31 May - Wednesday | The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Readings: Zep 3:14-18a (Rom 12:9-16); Lk 1:39-56
Intention 1: That we do not isolate ourselves from the poor.
Intention 2: The Brothers’ Community at Macedon.
Reflection: From Mary you learn attentiveness to the Spirit and conscious and courageous obedience. At the Annunciation, she made a “Yes” of her whole life and she is blessed because she listens to and puts into practice the Word of God.
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