Servants of the Magnificat: The Canticle of the Blessed Virgin and the Consecrated Life.
Available from the Servite Provincialate;
3121 West Jackson Blvd.; Chicago, IL 60612. 

The General Chapters of the Order of the Servants of Mary (Servites) have produced two extraordinary documents on Marian devotion. The first was the 1983 document Do Whatever He Tells You, which was a perceptive analysis of the crisis of Marian devotion and its repercussions on religious institutes, together with suggestions for promoting a renewed Marian devotion. 

The second document, Servants of the Magnificat, from the 1996 Servite General Chapter, can be seen as a commentary on the Marian references in the postsynodal apostolic exhortation, The Consecrated Life (1996). 

In the apostolic exhortation, Mary is proposed as the model of the consecrated life. Servants of the Magnificat begins by describing four features common to Mary, the Church, and institutes of the consecrated life: consecration, vocation, radical discipleship, and mission. Mary's relation to the consecrated life--summarized under the terms of mother, patron, queen, teacher, and guide--is explained in a way sensitive to contemporary vocabulary. The last section is a reflection on the consecrated life in light of the Magnificat.  A valuable resource for all interested in a deeper understanding of the Marian images and references in The Consecrated Life.

--Thomas A. Thompson, S.M.

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