The personal faith of Marists, our manner of sharing in the mission of the Gospel, and our association with one another are all shaped by the spiritual way introduced into the life of the Church by Venerable Jean Claude Colin (1790-1875) and Saint Marcellin Champagnat (1789-1840) and developed by successive generations of Marists. We model our lives on Mary, our Good Mother, imitating her faith response to God and sharing in her work of bringing Christ-life to birth and nurturing its growth in young people, being with the Church as it comes to be born. Our spirituality is marked by a profound experience of God’s abiding presence and love, by trust in God, by a deep personal love of Jesus and his Gospel, by community living in a family spirit, and by a humility expressed through simplicity.
As Marists, take Mary’s Magnificat as our manifesto, setting out into the hill country of young people’s lives, filled with hope and joy, bringing them news of the justice and mercy and faithfulness of God. Like Mary, first disciple, our lives are centred on Christ, and our hearts are moved by the young.