We are all called to lives of holiness and prayer. Even in the seemingly ordinary aspects of our lives, holiness can be found. It is through the holiness and prayer of its members that the Legion of Mary seeks to give glory to God.
The Legion of Mary is a worldwide lay apostolate that consists of men and women who strive for holiness through prayer and active cooperation in Mary our Mother’s and the Church’s work. The Legion of Mary serves under the spiritual guidance of a priest.
“I got involved with the Legion of Mary because it gives me opportunities to work at saving souls,” says Mike Davis, who has been part of the St. Peter Legion of Mary for seven years. “I get to evangelize by bringing people to a relationship with Our Mother, the Virgin Mary. I have grown in my faith through retreats, daily Mass, holy hours of adoration, reading the Bible and spiritual books, and working to evangelize inmates in the county jail.”
Prayer and action performed for Jesus through Mary is the simple, but powerful foundation for this apostolate. St. Peter Legion of Mary meets every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Right to Life’s Pro-Life Center. The meeting is a mix of prayer and discussion about the works done over the past week.
“We start by praying the Rosary,” Mike says. “Then we have a spiritual reading, roll call, minutes, and the treasurer’s report. Each member reports on the works they have done over the past week. A reflection is made over the spiritual reading, and we participate in more prayers and a reading from the handbook.”
Members are asked to participate in the life of the parish and to perform weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary. Some examples of works that St. Peter members perform to serve their brothers and sisters include leading Bible or book studies, attending Baptisms and giving gifts to the parents, visiting the sick and shut-ins, taking Holy Communion to shut-ins, teaching inmates how to pray the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, repairing rosaries, welcoming new parishioners, and many more.
“Our pastor says the Legion of Mary is ‘the evangelizing arm of the Church,’” Mike says. “All the actions show others that we care, and it demonstrates God’s love. This work also helps each of our members to grow in their own faith.”
The Legion of Mary is open to any member of St. Peter Catholic Church who is 18 years or older.
If you would like to join or would like more information, contact Mike Davis at email@example.com or 402-480-0404.