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Mary and Vincentian Spirituality

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Father Pat Griffin has shared his perspectives on Mary in Vincentian Spirituality.

He prepared for a mini-retreat for students in the Internal Seminary or Novitiate of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission

 Mary – 12 page booklet – The main sections of these notes are

  • Mary in the Gospel of Luke
  • “To be Joyful Witnesses of Deep Faith
  • “Marian Spirituality and the Vincentian Charism”
  • The Miraculous Medal
  • The Significance of the Word “Yes”.”
  • The Virgin Mary and Formation
  • “Devotion to Mary in the Company”
  • “An Undivided Heart: Holy Mary, Good Mary”
  • Belonging to the Church with Mary

Questions to Promote Reflection

1. Design a program to promote knowledge of Mary in your Community. What would it look like? What would be your organizing themes?

2. What connects the Marian apparitions (e.g., the Miraculous Medal) and the teaching about Mary in the Bible? What do they teach?

3. Vatican II put the instruction on Mary within the teaching on the Church (Lumen Gentium). How do you explain that reasoning?

4. What aspect of Mary is most attractive to you? Why? How can you begin to grow in appreciating her?

5. What is the place of Marian devotion in your life? In your community?

6. Mary prayed the Magnificat in her meeting with Elizabeth. What does your Psalm of Praise sound like? What brings it forth?

7. Reflect on how Mary’s total gift of herself to the Lord in the Annunciation shows us the manner in which a missionary makes this same commitment to the Lord and God’s people.

Some documents of the Church on devotion to Mary:

See also

  • Delgado, Corpus, Marian Spirituality and the Vincentian Charism. Vincentiana 2002:4-5. pp. 328-351.
  • Dodin, A. Le culte de Marie et l’expérience religieuse de M. Vincent de Paul. Vincentiana 1975. pp. 207-225.
  • Maloney, Robert P. Five Faces of Mary. Vincentiana 1999:2. pp. 127-136)
  • ———, The Spirituality of the Magnificat. FamVin.
  • Martinez, B., The Virgin Mary according to St. Louise, Echoes (Sept 1983).

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One Response to Mary and Vincentian Spirituality

  1. The Rev. Dr. Edward Ambrose "Ed" May 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

    Father Pat’s mini-retreat seems to clarify veneration of the one who agreed courageously to bear our incarnate Savior. Although I did not read Father Griffin’s entire treatise, I feel that his Vincentian priestly articulation will help many to avoid lapsing into the confusions of adoration which Mary wants us to reserve for her Son.

    Nice going! Keep up the good work,Father Pat,Father John and all of you.

    May God continue blessing you richly!

    Ed Ambrose

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