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05/01/2015: United States


December 2014
Dear Fellow Marists,
I hope that this holiday season has been one of celebration as well a time of rest, relaxation, and reflection (yes, the three "R's").


As we take time to rest and relax at the end of the year, the media entices us to reflect on the year gone by - the top news stories, the most popular songs and movies, and the antics of so-called celebrities.  As we reflect on the past and think ahead to the new year, one word comes up over and over again: RESOLUTIONS.


Whether we are in the practice of making new year's resolutions or think they are cliché, we should look to a specific part of the word. When we make a resolution, we actually resolve to do something. Oftentimes resolutions take the shape of self-improvement. These are good plans, and I encourage you to make them! On the other hand, I would also encourage each of us to take some time to resolve any areas of difficulty with others.


Disagreements, hurt feelings, and other interpersonal issues can come to a resolution, which means they can be solved. Is there a difficulty with a person or a difficult situation in your life that you need to resolve? It takes a lot to summon the courage to speak honestly to people and forgive, or even to ask for forgiveness. The hopeful result, however, can certainly make that encounter well worth it.


What does scripture have to say? In Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus we read: ""In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry" (Ephesians 4:26).  The title of that section is "Instructions for Christian Living". The Christ that we read of in the Gospels is the Christ of relationships. In those relationships we see the following: learning, healing, growth, purpose, and love.


As 2014 comes to an end, let us reflect upon our relationships and resolve to end any difficulties, as we resolve to do better and to be better in 2015. "Do not let the sun go down" on 2014 without thinking about how to resolve anything that may be unresolved.


Best wishes for a Happy New Year.  God bless you all, and keep living Marist!






Luis Ramos

Chair, Marist Young Adult Advisory Committee


Jan. 5 - MA Regional Gathering
Jan. 8-9 - MYAAC Winter Meeting - Esopus, NY
Jan. 10-11 - Day of Reflection - Esopus, NY
Jan. 14 - Texas Regional Event
Jan. 21 - College 201: College Transitions Chat
Jan. 28-Feb. 1 - Retreat within a Retreat
Jan. 31 - Retreat outside a Retreat
Feb. 18 - Ash Wednesday Chat
Feb. 22 - Lenten Online Retreat  - Week 1
Marvin Josef's winning entry in the sticker contest..
The "I Can't Keep Calm" sticker contest came to an end during the first week of December. The winning entry by Marvin Josef highlighted his passion for photography and the use of this gift to record Marist events...The annual online Advent retreat was again a success with members of the Marist world tuning in to consider each Sunday Gospel reading and reflections by Miriam Eisenmenger, Ricky Perez-Solis, Nina Lokar and Bridgette Boluc...During Advent
MYAs enjoying dinner at the Advent Taize Prayer
the MYA Program shared a daily Advent calendar via its social media platforms...Marist Young Adults in the New York and New Jersey area joined other members of the Marist family for dinner and an Advent-themed Taize prayer at Archbishop Molloy High School...Luis Ramos coordinated a "Google Hangout" for the Marist Young Adult Advisory Committee (MYAAC) to share their reflections on the fourth week of
Patricio Vallejo boxing gifts in Texas
the online Advent retreat.  Google Hangout will replace the website chat function for future MYA chats...MYAs in Massachusetts spent a day before Christmas volunteering their services at The Wish Project, an organization that supplies basic necessities to people in crisis in the Merrimack Valley...In South Texas, MYAs gathered at the home of Luis Varela to celebrate the end of the semester and to collect toys for the children of Cristo Rey Parish in Brownsville.  The group filled six large boxes with gifts while having fun and holding a raffle.  Congratulations to raffle winners Beto Villarreal and Daniel Gonzalez...Throughout the month of December, the MYA Program has been selling "I Can't Keep Calm" posters to raise funds for Educate for Change...The online efforts  and virtual community of the MYA Program were featured in the Christmas edition of American Marist...The MYAAC continues to work with Erbach Com-
Jessie Garneau at The Wish Project
munications on a renewed look for the MYA website.  The redesign will go live in January...In December, Marist Monday Challenges encouraged MYAs to foster peace,  be present, bring sight to the "blind", make spiritual resolutions, and act with humility, poverty and faith...New blog posts in December helped to boost the year end website statistics...Catherine Weening will become the co-chair of the MYAAC beginning with the winter meeting in January.  Best wishes to Catherine!
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In December leaders of the world's major faiths gathered at the Vatican to sign a pledge to work together to end modern day slavery. A video highlighting this historic event appears below. 
The Global Freedom Network invites you to read and sign the declaration and make your own commitment to end slavery.  To access the pledge, click on the icon below.
Walk Free, a world-wide movement of over eight million people, offers a plan to end slavery in this generation.  They provide succinct information and multi-media resources.  The Walk Free website can be accessed through the following icon.


Resources on modern slavery and human trafficking  from the Catholic and Anglican Churches, as well as from various govern-ments, are available

from the Global Free-

dom Network.  These resources include articles, documents and prayers.  To access these resources, click on the image below. 







Esopus Service Dates




Do have time to provide some service in Esopus?   Here are dates when help is needed:


Jan 8-11


Feb. 3-5

Feb. 11-12

Feb . 27 - March 1


To volunteer for these dates or to get more information about longer service commitments, contact Matt Fallon at






The Marist Brothers



Last month the Church began its celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life.  To find out more about the consecrated life lived by the Marist Brothers click on the image above.  To check out the Marist Brothers website. click on the image below.



The Marist Young Adult Program invites interested young adults to explore further their Christian faith. Through spiritual, social and service activities, both online and in person, young adults can experience an alive and vibrant faith rooted in the Marist tradition.    
Facebook Group:  Marist Young Adult
Twitter and Instagram:  @MaristYAdult



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