Legion of Mary


– Brother Lawrence Scrivani, S.M.

Published in Marian Studies, Volume 54 (2003)

Perspective concerns how objects relate to each other to form a total picture in depth. History adds the dimension of time to that perception. In this case, we are concerned with the Legion of Mary and what we can learn about Marian spirituality from the historic experience of the Legion. We can gain insight by tracing the way the essential idea of the Legion of Mary has developed since its foundation in 1921, through the Second Vatican Council and to the present. Compared to other movements in the Church, the Legion’s history is relatively short: it occurred within the lifetimes of many still living. Nevertheless, the scope of this paper precludes giving any but the briefest outline of it.

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