Legion of Mary
To Jesus Through Mary
The link below provides an excellent explanation of the Legion of Mary. We will be starting the Legion here at St. Mary's sometime in October 2012. If you loveJesus and Mary and desire to help others to know and love them, come and join us for a meeting and see if this is where Our Lady is calling you to serve.
What is the Legion of Mary?
The purpose of this association of Catholics is to make its members better Catholics and to raise the spiritual level of the entire community through direct contact with and interest in every member and potential member of the Mystical Body of Christ.
The sanctification of its own members is achieved through prayer and work. Each weekly meeting offers to the Legionaries the recitation of the Rosary, spiritual reading, a short talk by the Spiritual Director, a discussion of Catholic doctrine and devotion, and an evaluation of the work program. At the meeting each member is assigned two hours of apostolic work, to be performed during the week and reported on at the following meeting.
The Legion system is adapted to various kinds of apostolic work, and is always subject to the discretion of the spiritual director.
The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholic men or women over eighteen years of age who have the good will to want to serve God in the capacity of helpers to the priest, and who will follow the Legion system.
Evangelization and the Salvation of Souls
Our Lord put it categorically more than once: 'I came to save sinners.' Evangelisation is simply cooperating in the work of redemption. It is facilitating a meeting between Christ and another person, bringing the fruits of redemption to others or again putting it very simply, it is helping others get into Heaven.
This must be the overwhelming focus of any priest or layperson who would wish to be apostolic. Ultimately there is no evangelisation without focusing on the salvation of souls. Whatever the immediate goals, the ultimate goal of all evangelisation must be the gaining of eternal life.
The Code of Canon Law puts it very succinctly: For all activity of the Church 'the salvation of souls must always be the supreme law. '(Can.1752) This is the identity of interest between the priest and the lay apostle.
Rev. Fr. Bede McGregor, O.P., Concilium Spiritual Director, taken from Concilium website