Legion Discipline

Jim Daly
September 3, 2015

The Legion of Mary is the largest lay apostolic movement in the Church with over 3 million active members worldwide. It is Mary's army obeying Christ's command to spread the faith. Pope Francis and Pope Benedict have asked that all Catholics be involved in a new evangelization. This is what the Legion of Mary does.

The Legion is patterned after the Roman Legion. The Roman Legion was effective organization. It was supreme for centuries.

An army requires discipline. So does the Legion of Mary. Actually, any organization, from a sports team to a large corporation, requires discipline to achieve its goals.

The Legion Standing Instructions summarize the discipline we are required to follow, to attend the weekly meeting, to recite the Catena every day, to do a substantial Legion work and to keep secret matters discussed at the meeting.

Maintaining this discipline strengthens our character and our faith. It makes us more able to contribute to the work of serving those we encounter. It suppresses our own egos and enables us to see Jesus in those worked for and in our fellow Legionaries.