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In this Marist Bulletin we are publishing the Marist Calendar for May, which appears each day on our web site www.champagnat.org

1 St Joseph, the Worker – Labor Day – 1825: the La Valla community took up residence in its new home at the Hermitage – Marist Saturday: specially dedicated to praying for our Marist Family
2 Fourth Sunday of Easter: World day of prayer for vocations - 1818: Br. Bartholomew, fifth member of the Institute, joined the community in La Valla
3 Sts. Philip and James, Apostles – World Day for freedom of the press – 1840: St Marcellin offered his final Mass at the Hermitage - First Monday of the month: we remember all deceased Marists
4 Native Clergy Day – “He was convinced that Mary had done everything for us, and so he called her our Ordinary Resource and our First Superior” (C. 4)
5 1873: founding of the first Marist school in New Caledonia - Our Founder, who learnt so much from Mary, is always our model of complete self-gift to God and of devotedness to people (C. 18)
6 1818: Gabriel Rivat (Br. François) entered the novitiate in La Valla – 1949: the first Marist brothers arrived in Hong Kong
7 1871: first Marist school opened in Samoa – “We contemplate the life of our Mother and Model in order to absorb her spirit” (C. 4)
8 1994: Br Henri Vergès was murdered in Algeria – Day of the Red Cross and Red Crescent – Marist Saturday: specially dedicated to praying for our Marist Family
9 Europe Day – “Since Mary was the perfect disciple of Christ, her attitudes became the inpiration and guide for our own way of living and acting” (C. 4)
10 Psychology Day – “Father Champagnat gave us the name of Mary because he wanted us to live according to her spirit” (C. 4)
11 Mother’s Day - 1840: Father Marcellin received the Anointing of the Sick – Day of fair trade
12 “God gave his Son to the world through Mary. So we strive to make her known and loved as a way which leads directly to Jesus” (C. 4)
13 “We are gathered around Mary, our Good Mother, as members of her family” (C. 9)
14 St. Matthias, Apostle – 1864: Br Euloge was murdered in Wanganui, New Zealand – “We put into action our motto: ‘All to Jesus through Mary; all to Mary for Jesus’” (C. 4)
15 1876: The brothers opened their first school in New Zealand – International Days of Conscientious Objection, the Family, and Rural life – 570: Celebration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad – Marist Saturday: specially dedicated to praying for our Marist Family
16 “At the Annunciation Mary welcomed the Word of the Lord in faith, and abandoned herself joyfully and lovingly to the action of the Holy Spirit by the total gift of herself” (C. 18)
17 In making a place for her in our home, we learn how people are to be loved, and we, in turn, become living signs of the Fathers tenderness (C. 21).
18 1840: The Spiritual Testament of Father Marcellin was read by Br. Louis Marie to the brothers – 1920: the birth of Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II – International day of museums
19 “As woman and mother, Mary knew the joys and trials of life. She lived at Jesus’ side, with total trust in the Father, even to the foot of the Cross” (C. 18)
20 1789: the birth of St Marcellin Champagnat in Rosey, near the town of Marlhes, France – 1967: Blessing of the statue of St Marcellin in the Basilica at Fatima, Portugal
21 1789: St. Marcellin Champagnat was baptized at the parish church in Marlhes, on the feast of the Ascension
22 1967: The Church honored Br François with the title Venerable – Day of Basic Communities – International day of biodiversity – Marist Saturday: specially dedicated to praying for our Marist Family
23 The Ascension of the Lord - World Social Communications Day - “Having dedicated ourselves to Mary, and convinced that she is interceding for us to persevere in our fidelity, we continue to thank her for the gift of our vocation” (C. 18)
24 Mary, Help of Christians - 1961: official transfer of the General House to Rome – in Europe, Day of the Birds
25 1975: Br Leonidas, 7th Superior General, died at Saint-Paul-trois-Chateaux in France – Africa Day
26 “Our Founder, who learned so much from Mary, will always be for us a model of an unreserved gift of oneself to God, and of devotedness to others” (C. 18)
27 1903: Pope Leo XIII approved the Constitutions of the Marist Brothers - The heart of Mary is revealed to us in her Magnificat, where, true to the tradition of the poor of Israel, she puts her trust in the Lords faithfulness (C. 30).
28 International Day of Health and Occupational Safety – “As we take Mary into our lives, we learn how to love others, and we in turn become living signs of the Father’s tenderness” (C. 21)
29 1955: Pope Pius XII beatified Marcellin Champagnat at St. Peter’s in Rome – International Day of the press in schools – Marist Saturday: specially dedicated to praying for our Marist Family
30 Feast of Pentecost - 1955: Founding of the World Union of Marist Alumni – “It is Mary who inspires our selfless response to the demands that young people make upon us, and our concern for them” (C. 21)
31 God’s Mother goes to care for Elizabeth – World tobacco-free day – Day of the Sun – 1852: Opening of the 2nd General Chapter (Common Rules and School Guide) – 1994: four Marist brothers were massacred in Rwanda

6 june 2003 – 6 june 2004


The following maxims were taken from Brother François’ writings, volume 3, page 310. The word “experience” means that Brother François knew how to profit from what he observed and from what he lived. He recognised that he had to make some efforts to overcome his timidity and indecision. He took into account that he was nervous. Here, we are probing into personal reflections: “Whenever anything excites me, I will pause before acting.” “I will not be hard on myself on account of my errors.” “I will be careful not to impose too heavy a burden on any brother.”

4. I noticed that my multitude of public advice has bored people. From now on, I will use just a few words to say a little at a time.
12. To reflect before talking and pray to God before acting.
20. I must not say anything with a feeling of antipathy in my heart. It seems such a feeling is communicated.
26. I must neither answer or decide anything before I have heard the demand perfectly and understood the party’s intention.
35. I must overcome my timidity when I make any observation or reprimand and whenever I am corrected myself.
38. I must enunciate, express myself briefly, with such affection and courtesy that the other person may understand me and answer calmly and with ease. I want to take into account the natural timidity of those who come to me.
42. I will not show my feeling and I will not make any judgement before I will have read, seen, heard, examined, reflected, prayed and consulted well.
44. I will refuse a request with such restrain that nobody will go away discontented or discouraged. I want the person to understand my reasons.
57. I will try and reach out to people, to put myself in their shoes; I will take care not to intimidate anybody or to offend people. I will converse with kindness and patience.
58. During my lectures, I will stick to one idea and develop it thoroughly avoiding confusion.
72. Before suggesting, granting or refusing something, I will consult my colleagues so that they may help me to discern and please people.
76. Never will I use false pretexts, finesse or artifice.
77. I will let the person I reprimand see that he did not lose my concern.
134. I will proceed slowly, pray much, seek the collaboration of my colleagues to direct the Institute solidly.
149. I resolve to overcome my timidity and indecision a little every day.
153. Let me be a turtle when I try to advise but a deer when it is time to act.
169. I have to learn to discern what belongs to governance and what is simple conversation.
187. I must see everything, pretend not to see much and rarely punish.
228. When I reprimand a Brother severely or give him a heavy penance, I must tell myself, “This brother will amend himself, he corrects himself, he is already better.”
231. Whenever anyone reports on somebody else, I must not forget to listen to the accused person as well. My listening must be peaceful.
261. When people are frustrated they must remember the aromatic plants that give out that much perfume the more we crush them.
294. If a a garter is too tight, it will hurt one’s leg and will even block his blood circulation. If it is too slack, the stockings slip down on the feet. That is the way it goes for the discipline in a house.

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