This FMI circular is written for the opening of the “Year of the Consecrated Life.” This jubilee year is offered to the consecrated life so that it might become the occasion for making a “grateful remembrance” of the past, embracing the future with hope, and living the present with passion.
A brief overview of the Marianist Martyrs from Ciudad Real and Madrid who died for their faith during the Spanish Civil War. (The material is a reprint from articles in "The Apostle of Mary" from 1942.)
Jean-Baptiste Armbruster, SM, traces the origin and evolution of the Three O'Clock Prayer. (The prayer's purpose and meaning has changed over time.) He culminates his work with proposals on using it today.
Brother Donald Boccardi, SM, known for his music ability, turned to one of his passions--song lyrics--to probe spirituality in the modern era: in particular "Into the Woods," by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.
Fun fact: Did you know there are two religious congregations with the name "Society of Mary" (SM) in the Roman Catholic Church? Brother Timothy Phillips, SM (Marianist), and Alois Greiler, SM (Marist), look at this unusual occurrence.
Brother Stephen Glodek, SM, shares his insights on the beatification on Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. He states that our Founder reminds us that "who we are is Christ--broken, crucified, and risen. We are to be that face and love of God for all God’s people."
Brother Stephen Glodek, SM, shares his personal feeling and realization that the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe "had little to do with roses in December or miraculous pictures on cloaks. The miracle of Guadalupe is something about a God who loves each of us."
Anthony Garascia explores the "Marian character of holiness" and references scientific inquiry in the process. His paper is a modern look at the beauty of the Scripture-rich heritage we have inherited about our Blessed Mother.
Father George Cerniglia, SM, reflects on the lives of these two great saints and tells the story of Abraham Lincoln overcoming a fear of the dark. Father George's homily was part of opening celebration for the SM Province of the United States.