Brother Timothy Phillips, SM, explains the rapid development and organizational structure of Blessed Chaminade's Sodality upon the Founder's return from exile in Spain. Brother Phillips concludes with a look at today's Sodality movement, Marianist Lay Communities.
Through prayer and reflection, break open key elements of lay Marianist life with a series of free "Talking Points" related to five documents produced by the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities (IO/MLC)--including alliance with Mary, community, and mission.
In this article Marianist Brother Timothy Phillips traces the origin of the first Sodality. He writes: “The real foundation of the Sodality goes back to Jan Leunis, a young Jesuit priest, not very gifted it seems in studies, but apparently very gifted in getting a group going. He was teaching at the Roman College . . . and decided to start a little group of his students in 1563. It worked surprisingly well; though these were the youngest children, the older students found it interesting and wanted to be a part of it."
Gabrielle Bibeau, FMI, examines different times under which the Marianist Sisters were forced to operate under dangerous circumstances of suppression and violence, namely, the French secularization of the early twentieth century (which almost wiped out the Sisters), and the First and Second World Wars. By examining these events, she hopes to show how being people of hope and faith is part of the DNA of Marianist Sisters, not to mention the Marianist Family as a whole.
In "A Witness of Love," Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch writes: "This message of radical love is at the root of nonviolence in the Christian tradition . . . it is central to the lives of four correspondents, William Joseph Chaminade, Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton."
In "The Hurricane of Racism," Ted Cassidy, SM, describes the nature of racism and presents a method to go about changing it. Despite the fact that racism strongly seeks to maintain power, through strong leadership a person or group can bring about a change.
After a long trek from the French border, a French priest was arriving in Saragossa. He was tired, but the sight of the lone tower of the Basilica of the Virgin of the Pillar was balm to his tired feet.
In his biography of Father Chaminade, Father Simler indicated, among the works of the Servant of God, the involvement he had in the restoration of the Christian Brothers of St. Jean Baptiste de La Salle in Bordeaux. This article by Father Joseph Verrier, SM, fills in many details not mentioned in Father Simler's account.
“We carry in body and spirit the wounds of our personal story, a story that has deeply and indelibly marked our past and present life. Wounds, for the most part healed, others perhaps still open, mark our way of being and of inserting ourselves in society, in the community. Our wounds are not hidden from you, O Lord. Pour the balm of your love.”
Brother Thomas Giardino, SM, executive director of the Association of Marianist Universities (AMU) muses on Marianist higher education in light of Father David Fleming’s chapters on Marianist education in "A New Fulcrum: Marianist Horizons Today."