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Welcome all to the first Mission Assembly (MA) blog, A place where all Marists can have their say in helping inform the MA in August this year. You are invited to share your thoughts and reflections as we plan for the future of Marist Mission in Australia.

Let’s start with your thoughts on this question:

What does being Marist today mean to you?

Being Marist is being part of a family, it was a part of my upbringing, my schooling and eventually has become part of my calling. It’s more than being connected to a Religious Order within the Church, it’s about being in fraternity with a community across ages and borders that has many shared beliefs and values. At the core of these is the example of Mary, being compassionate for others, remaining loyal and gentle of heart. These are the virtues that resonated with Marcellin, it’s what attracts me now.

Over to you…

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For me it's about all Marists, Brothers and Lay people, responding to God' Spirit in practical ways. We have a chance right now in 2012, wherever we are, to be like Marcellin ... responding to the needs of young people in Mary's way. What does this look like? I guess it'll be different in each particular place, but one thing's for sure - we'll see people on mission TOGETHER, and happy about being of service.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBr Michael Callinan

Being Marist, for me, is being a response to the call to 'make Jesus Christ known and loved'. It's a call that's just as pertinent as it was in Marcellin's day and one which, if responded too, offers such a gift to those who Marists - whether lay or Brothers - come into contact with. For me, that means making sure Jesus is known and loved in my own life - and then through my 'being with others', hoping that love catches on!

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiam Duncan

There are three things I hone in to these days - it's about being a person who lives community, who is touch with their interior life and who goes out to meet the needs of others in the world, particularly young people.

May 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBr Michael Akers

Being Marist is a living in the creative space between Strength and Gentleness. It is the challenge of being a brother in the way of our good mother. Being a lay person conscious of our common consecrated baptismal promise. It is about being bold and audacious and yet accepting vulnerability. It is both Apostolic and Contemplative. It is going to new lands in both the geographic and in the spiritual landscape. It is living this identity with a wider family of lay and brothers, young and old. Like Mary, being Marist is living the constant Annunciation of being deeply disturbed and wondering with awe what this invitation could mean to me and to our world.

May 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBr Tony Leon

Being Marist is about the everyday things I do with a spirituality that is authentic and given to us by St Marcellin Champagnat. A practical way of life that is genuine and sincere. "Marist" is the mortar that binds my life together with all its many layers and gives a unique flavour to the way I express my christian commitment. It is Mary's way - of simplicity, humility and modesty. It's about being a new and vibrant lived church and being part of an extended family - one that has no walls. It's about being genuine and real - doing what you can when you can. Whether I am in a lay, religious or mixed community, I am part of a very large family ....

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarmel Warnock

Being Marist is about accepting who we are called to be. As brother, sister, father, mother we are asked to give of ourselves. Not to control every moment. Not to make everything perfect. Rather, by trusting in God. We awaken a mystery which is deep, rich and yet funny. Being Marist is always in relationship with others. These relationships underpin our identity and call us to act in ways which may be hard and counter cultural. But always passing on the love which has already been shown to me.

May 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Dumas

In a Marist school, Michael Green fms makes a great point about who we are in a presentation to African Marists in 2007: "...Fr Champagnat's simplicity, his keen perception of the actual state of things and the urgent changes and improvements the situation demanded - plus his deep love of children gave birth to sound, and betimes modified educational attitudes - often in advance of his times." Marcellin's approach of 'naming' issues resonates with me - whilst finding that valuable compromise between strength and gentleness (thanks for that, Tony); and for me it makes him a universal figure rather than a particular figure.

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConrad Mathias

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