Monday, March 5, 2012

Marianist Monday

Our Lady of the Pillar
Marianist, Rome
The Marianist high school custom of suspending all activities on Mondays to schedule a sodality meeting after school at 2:50 p.m. is consistently followed by the Marianists of the Province of Meribah. These sodality or “faith sharing” groups reflect on the previous day’s Gospel, discuss Marianist spirituality, and conclude with personal or group resolutions to reach out to others.

The sodality’s Act of Consecration has undergone various permutations. Below you will find a current version. I offer it today as a prayer for the day.

Spend some time on the meaning of each phrase:
O loving God, we thank You for having called us to be members of the Family of Mary and for inviting us to be consecrated to You through Mary, Our Lady of the Pillar, and in her spirit of faith and love.

We praise You, for You have always loved us, calling us out of darkness and sin through Baptism, strengthening us with Your own Holy Spirit in Confirmation, and calling us to a deeper faith‐filled life through this Consecration.

Your Spirit molds us into the likeness of Jesus, Your Son. May we learn each day to listen more closely and to follow the inspiration of Your Spirit.

Mary, we seek to imitate your faith. With a mother’s love you guide us in our growth in the likeness of Jesus. Help us to live as you taught your Son to live; teach us to love all people as Jesus does.

At this moment, we offer ourselves to you that we may become more like Jesus and be present in this world with the same disposition that He had. As you cooperate with God’s plan to bring Christ to the world and lead all souls to Jesus, we desire to cooperate in your mission of bring Jesus to everyone and bringing everyone to Jesus.

We make this consecration to God through you and in your honor, Mary, within the Sodality of Our Lady of the Pillar. May the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen.