It is our hope that this Shrine will be a place of destination and pilgrimage when you are in Boston. Come and pray here and allow Mary to gently lead you to the open arms of her Son. We priests of the Society of Mary will happily pray and celebrate with you the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Anointing of the Sick.
If you are not able to come to Boston and would like special prayers or advice, you can contact us through the email or phone number listed on the web page. You can have Masses offered for your intentions throughout the year.
May Mary watch over you and lead you to the Victory of peace in mind and heart which only Her Son, Jesus, can bring.
Sincerely in the love of Jesus and Mary,
The Parish Team
MARIST FATHERS AND BROTHERS
Today we resume the series of articles that are meant to help you get to know the religious order called the Society of Mary (the Marists). Marist priests and brothers have served here at Our Lady of Victories Parish since the 1880’s and we want to share with you some of the basic themes and spiritual insights that guide our order. The spirituality of the Marists, as understood by our founder Fr. Jean-Claude Colin s.m. and as written in our Constitutions, is centered on the person of Mary, the Mother of God. Marists are meant to “breathe her spirit,” to live and act as she did, especially as seen in the Scriptures that speak about the life of the Holy Family at Nazareth and also the birth of the Church on Pentecost, as the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and disciples, including the Virgin Mary.
One of most important concepts that guide the Society of Mary seems rather odd at first: Our founder said that we Marists were to be “hidden and, as it were, unknown in this world.” By this he did not mean that we were to be monks or recluses or that we should avoid taking on public ministry. Rather Fr. Colin was asking his Marists to look upon Mary as a model for how we should be present and minister to others. Mary did not draw attention to herself, but always pointed people in the direction of her Son. She was humble and did not seek glory or praise for herself. Fr. Colin believed this was true as she lived within the community of the early Church. Living in the spirit of the Virgin Mary, Marists are meant to be “hidden and unknown” as they carry out their ministry, “doing great things” if called to do so, but doing so in a way that has no place for pride, self-seeking, or the need for attention or praise. Colin did not want Marists to be a roadblock or a distraction when someone needed God’s love and healing grace. We are to be simply instruments of God’s goodness and mercy.
Connected to the spiritual concept of “hidden and unknown” is what are termed the “three great no’s” of Fr. Colin. In living out Mary’s spirit, Marists are called to say no to pride, no to greed, and no to power. In resisting the temptation to judge others and look down on them, to seeking the applause and praise of others, to desiring power and control over others, and to harboring jealousy and envy in our hearts, Marists are to be transparent and free from attachments. In doing so, we are then more ready to assist in God’s merciful and saving work in the world of today.