Brother Timothy Phillips, SM, a Marianist scholar and formator, and Anthony Garascia, a professional counselor, discuss challenges involved in Blessed Chaminade’s long life. How was it that major setbacks—the French Revolution and organizational hurdles in re-Christianizing France—did not cripple the Founder with anxiety and fear? How was it that Chaminade pushed through obstacles into greater holiness. (A letter Chaminade wrote to Marie Thérèrse de Lamourous serves as a backdrop to this conversation.)
Anthony J. Garascia, as part of MSP 2.0, reminds us that Chaminade's Five Silences are not intended for just personal prayer or personal holiness. Rather, the end result should be movement to "accompaniment" and "action." Garascia also compares the System of Virtues to the formation process involved in RCIA.