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IN MEXICO Brother Brian Halderman, S.M. helps prepare stuffed peppers with Brother
Ed Longbottom, S.M. for the community in Puebla.
ders in the church given the right to
elect brothers to the leadership positions of superiors and provincials in
our communities. our discipleship
of equals is a highly valued treasure
in our tradition and one that makes
me appreciate my role as brother in
the community all the more. There is
no rank in the Marianist community,
only a distinct role of service. “
Members priest and lay religious, form a
single family” (from the Marianist
Rule of Life, art. 1).
My life as a Brother of Mary—a
title often used to identify a member
of the Marianist religious community—is closely tied to my relationship with Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
she is our model disciple and the
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radical witness to saying yes to God’s
designs for our lives. she declared at
the Annunciation: “May it be done
to me according to your word.” she
surrendered fully to God’s will.
That is the call for me as a
Marianist religious brother: to surrender to the will of God in my life.
To say yes each and every day to the
mission that animates my life. There
are so many examples of how Mary
inspires and enriches my vocation,
but at the core of this inspiration is
her unselfish and humble service
to God—she was the God-bearer
who birthed Christ to the world so
that we might have life and have it
abundantly! And i have only begun
to understand the magnitude and
CONTEMPLATIVE MONKS Trappist Cistercian
A small praying
community in the Ozark
foothills of Missouri.
RR 5 Box 1056
Ava, MO 65608