Components of living brotherhood

Prayer

At the heart of our lives as Brothers is our prayer - our relationship with the Lord. In following Jesus, we strive to bring the key dimensions of faith and life together by bringing our daily experiences to the Lord.

Through prayer we find the strength and guidance to serve Jesus in the young people we encounter, particularly those who suffer or who are marginalised. Like St Marcellin, we seek to be attuned to ‘the presence of God’ in our daily lives and learn to open our hearts more generously to giving ourselves to the Lord.

As a Community of Brothers, we gather for prayer each day, offering praise and thanks to God. We also take time to meditate on the scriptures and look back over the day’s events, reflecting on how God’s Spirit has spoken through the people and events of our day.

In the spirit of Mary, we make her Magnificat our own prayer of praise and thanksgiving. We ask Mary to help us come to a greater understanding of God’s love in our lives, to recognise that all is gift, that all comes from love, and that we are to follow Jesus in incarnating this love. 

The heart of our consecrated life is the Eucharist. In celebrating the presence of God in Word, Sacrament and one another, we gradually become one with Jesus who offers himself continually to the Father.

Each year we set aside time to make a personal retreat which enables us to listen more closely to the Lord’s call in our life. As a way of being faithful to this discernment we meet with a spiritual companion, and we try to keep a healthy balance in the midst of leading a busy life with adequate rest and recreation.

“Prayer in common is an essential element in Marist community life. Since our faith in Jesus has brought us together, it is, above all, our prayer that builds up the community each day … It is especially in the Eucharist that our community prayer reaches its highest level.”
— Marist Constitutions #57