From their own experience the first Marists believed that once a person had “tasted God” everything else would fall into place.
As, like Mary, we meditate on God’s word, contemplate Christ and listen to Him, we learn to ‘taste God’ in prayer and become more closely united with Him.
Marists see Mary as a mother of mercy who has a heart for humanity, especially towards those who suffer greatly, are lost or excluded. They try to point them to Christ in the gentle manner of Mary.
Marists help to build a church that is seen, not in terms of power, control and competitiveness, but in terms of community, compassion, simplicity, and mercy.