Anyone can “Be Marist”
“Being Marist” is a MARIAN approach to life – living like Mary with the faith and attitudes she had.
“Being Marist” takes inspiration from Mary’s way of life:
- Taking on Mary’s point of view. Mary’s way is the way of joy.
- Letting the Holy Spirit change us gradually over time to be more like Mary.
- Gently and humbly full of God’s grace in all that we do.
“Being Marist” means to aim to think, feel, judge and act like Mary in all things.
- Think = Forming thoughts through prayer with scripture
- Feel = Restoring warm, strong & focused attention on Jesus
- Judge = Answering, “in what direction is our Lord calling me to respond in my vocation?”
- Act = Putting this into practice
We put this into practice at ND Academy using these Marist Values & Attitudes:
1. Hidden & Unknown - Fully engage in life in a simple, joyful, and humble way, which does not bring personal attention to ourselves nor obscure someone’s path to finding Jesus
2. Merciful (Being instrument s of mercy) - Make room for other people’s suffering in our own hearts, and take action to help
3. Generosity (Saying no to greed, pride and power) - Live simply, unselfishly, and compassionately like Mary and stand against the forces of greed, pride, and violence
4. Discipleship - Be always active in bringing people to Christ and renewing the Church
5. Ardent Love of Neighbor - Reach others in times of need and in crisis, even when uncomfortable or inconvenient
6. Humility - Live authentically in the world by God’s design doing great things for God and through God while never obscuring the workings of God
7. Doing the ‘Work of Mary” - Embrace the missionary spirit by reaching out to all through prayer and service, excluding no one, so that all can be united in Jesus
8. Hospitality & Inclusion - Receive guests in love and respect - Tolerate different perspectives of the truth, cultures and stations in life
9. Service - Generously share our gifts of time, talent and treasure to bring people to Christ
10. Tasting God - Experience God personally through prayer, even in the busiest moments in life, characterized by deep faith and intercession for the whole world, especially the lost, the neglected, and the excluded