Saint Paul advised to all Christians to pray always (1 Thess 5:17). Basically prayer is a Christian’s intimate relationship with each of the Persons of the Blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As members of the Body of Christ all of us have the Spirit of Jesus poured out into our hearts so that we can cry out “Abba, Father”. Prayer, so expressive and essential to the Christian life, has to be at the very core of the life of a religious.
Marists, who strive to follow the example of Mary, have an added incentive to pray, for Mary was a woman of prayer. She pondered on life’s events in her heart and, as a member of the first Christian community joined with the apostles in prayer.
The founder, Fr Colin, encouraged Marists to be “men of prayer”, learning in prayer to “taste God”.
Celebration of the Eucharist, praying the Prayer of the Church in common, daily mediation, regular spiritual reading, examination of conscience, an annual retreat, are all part of the spiritual rhythm of Marist life.
"The spiritual life is nourished and sustained by contemplation of the word of God. This heightens awareness of the presence of the risen Jesus in the everyday life and work of Marists. His presence inspires them to make of their lives an unceasing prayer." – Constitutions 118.