What is Disciples of Jesus and Mary (DJM)?
The Disciples of Jesus and Mary are called to live in holiness and truth. The program offers how to discover your plan of life: the plan of life, found in the Heart of the Father, who He created you to be. In our relationship with the Lord we come to know Him intimately. We learn how to listen to Him, to the way He speaks to each of us.
Through the experiences in our life we see God's hand forming us. He's always with us; therefore the lessons are given through all the experiences of our life. The plan of life process helps us to recognize the way the Lord has been forming us throughout our entire life. We each have different gifts and special graces to help us to fulfill the plan of life given to us by the Lord. He knows what we need. We learn how to apply the Five Principles to our life each and every moment. The Five Principles are:
- Nothing happens accidentally, everything is gifted providentially.
- Since everything is in the plan of God for you, everything has a purpose.
- God created man and woman in His own image and likeness.
- To the one who is given much, much will be expected.
- God created us as unique individuals.
As we reflect on these Five Principles, we begin to recognize how God works. Nothing happens accidentally. God either willed it or allowed it for a purpose. It is important to know how the Lord teaches us in our experiences so we learn how to accept the path He gives us.
Next, we enter into the mystery of prayer - according to who we are called to be. We enter into a life of living our plan of life. We develop our spirituality - the living of our plan of life - in all things.
In prayer we seek to listen to the Lord. There are methods of prayer that can help you. These methods are aids. For example, the Empty Chair method is a way for you to sit with the Lord and talk to Him. He is your friend. He is there waiting for you. Talk to Him and then listen to what He has to say. Powerful.
The Jesus Prayer – saying the Name of Jesus over and over again. You can practice this and eventually let it become the prayer that is expressed with every beat of your heart.
Going deeper into prayer, you discover how to examine your conscience, how to confess those sins that are often overlooked. You learn to deal with the gray areas. You learn to expose those areas that seem to influence you. The light of grace begins to reveal hidden manifestations of the evil within. You live in the light of grace who you are called to be.
There are the Nine Phases of Prayer. These are the phases of acceptance, surrender, adoration, thanksgiving, forgiveness, and so on. They are phases found in the Lord's Prayer. Tremendous healing comes during this period of formation.
Once you've discovered your plan of life and begin to develop your spirituality, how to examine your conscience and confess your sins in the light of truth, you begin to enter deep into prayer – contemplation, meditation and adoration.
The next phase is called Discernment in Your Life – how to discern the will of God according to your vocation and to your plan of life. Is this good for me now or is it just something that is good in itself? How to know? There are tools to help you. There are ways to recognize the different spirits in our midst. Is the spirit of the world, the flesh or the spirit of evil present? Is the Good Spirit present? What are the signs of the evil spirit versus the signs of the Good Spirit?
The Framework for Discernment helps us to approach the decision properly. Is there an increase in virtue? Am I obedient to my spiritual director, confessor, spouse? What is obedience? Obedience is the key to discernment. It is how Disciples of Jesus and Mary are known: our unquestionable obedience to the Magisterium of the Church and to our pastors. We serve them in humility and encourage them in their priesthood. We respect and honor the sacredness of our Catholic faith. We strive to follow the path of holiness in our homes and families, and in our workplace. We seek to serve rather than be served.
We disciple Jesus and Mary. In Discipleship we follow the path of Jesus and Mary. We live the Gospel and help others to also by our example. We serve the poor, the widows, the orphans, the elderly – all God's children – especially the little ones. We minister to those in need according to the capacity given to us by God to serve. Through prayer and discernment we learn how to disciple Jesus and Mary under obedience to the Church.
Finally, we continue to help others discover their plan of life. We train servant leaders so they can share this gift of Prayer in Your Life with others. We live who we are called to be. We learn how to love one another as the Father loves us through His Son as His Spirit leads us in truth under the mantle of Our Lady.