A shooting death in Cincinnati brings Brother Mitch Schweickart, SM, to a deeper understanding of Jesus' journey to Jerusalem. "I could not have predicted on Palm Sunday . . . that the next few days would plunge me into the passion and death commemorated by Holy Week celebrations."
Brian Halderman, as part of the Adèle Social Justice Project, talks about the emotional experience of protesting against the execution of an Ohio death row inmate. "That night changed me; it made me aware of the despair we face in times of death, whether it is the murder of a loved one or the execution of the perpetrator."
In this circular, Brother Thomas Giardino, SM, as General Assistant for Education, reminds us that the true end goal of teamwork is not accomplishment but mission. He looks at the importance of dialogue and teamwork in this missionary endeavor.
Father James L. Heft, SM, highlights three insights from the Marianist tradition of education--collaboration, the careful linking of heart and head, and an emphasis on institutional change--that can assist in the development of leadership.
"It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view," said Oscar Romero. "The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision." Drawing upon these words, Jim Vogt has crafted a social justice prayer service for communal gatherings.
Similar to the popular "Footprints" poem, a Marianist has written a version focused on Mary after her son's execution. "One day a woman sat in a lovely garden. She was alone. Two days ago she buried her son here."
A “preferential option for the poor” has become a current phrase in the Catholic vocabulary. But its reality is an integral part of the Christian tradition, beginning with the Lord Jesus. Father Joseph Stefanelli, SM, reminds us that this christ-like option has been an integral aspect of Marianist life since our very foundation.