- Sr. Daisy Anne Lisania Augustine MSC
Legion of Mary encouraged to live promise
Ahus Island, Manus: The Manus Curia of the Legion of Mary (LOM) was encouraged to live their promise faithfully while engaging in the lay apostolate under the guidance of the ecclesial authority.
Father Michael Wartom urged more than 500 legionaries gathered on the island of Ahus on the feast of the Annunciation on 25 March to live up to their commitment renewed every year.
“It is a powerful and beautiful spiritual act that must be lived faithfully everyday” Wartom said.
He urged them to be like Mary in her openness to the Holy Spirit and to take on humility as an essential quality. “Remember that humility wins the Lord’s heart” he said.
Wartom ended his homily with the second part of the commitment, to submit fully to the legions discipline that involves fidelity and a willingness to accept an assignment from the president and be open to the various works of the apostolate.
The promise is addressed to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Most Holy Trinity, who constantly animates the legion of Mary, just as he is the soul of the Church.
The celebration saw active and auxiliary members make their promise.
The Legion of Mary (Latin: Legio Mariae,) is an international association of members of the Catholic Church who serve it on voluntary basis. It was founded by Frank Duff on 7 September 1921 in Dublin, Ireland.
His initial idea was to help Catholic lay people to fulfil their baptismal promises in dedication to the Church supported by fraternity and prayer.
The Legion draws its inspiration from St Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary.
Today, active and auxiliary (praying) members make up a total of over 10 million members worldwide, making it the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church.