|Liturgical Season||Marian Events|
|Marian Library Features||Mary in the Catholic Press|
|Prayer Corner||Mary in the Secular Press|
We have received a number of emails from readers commending our institute and its website, The Mary Page. Thank you all for your encouragement and support. The following is a typical example.
Father Rayar Kulandaisamy [R.K. Samy], a doctoral candidate at IMRI, has been visiting Dayton to prepare his dissertation on Marian shrines. A 51-minute video containing two of his talks about the Marian shrine in Vailankanni is available on YouTube in the Tamil language.
Mary in Books, Films, and Music
Rare Film on Fatima Now Available online
Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd, an IMRI Professor, informed us that Story of Fatima, a revised version of Peace Plan From Heaven written and produced by Paul Lawrence in 1960 using footage shot around the world over the course of decades, may now be viewed on YouTube. This video contains rare historical footage shot by Lawrence, a WWII U.S. Army combat cameraman, of the story of Our Lady of Fatima and of devotion to her in the 1950s. It features original footage of the visionaries, their families, the village and the original Sanctuary of Fatima, and a brief re-enactment of the 1917 events. Click here to see the 48-minute video. Our thanks to Dr. Dodd for this information.
Suggested A/V Material
Dr. Edward Sri is a nationally sought Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN, and is a founding leader of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). Praying the Rosary like Never Before is a discussion on CD (or MP3) of his book The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights on Praying the Twenty Mysteries (Servant Books). In this talk, Dr. Sri shares John Paul II's practical strategies for praying the Rosary better, so that one may encounter Jesus more deeply in prayer. Click here for more information about the talk (including a 10-minute sample audio clip) or here for information on the book. On a related note, Dr. Sri recently published Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross through Image Catholic Books. Click here for information on that book.
Dr. Sri has also been involved with a Catholic Bible study series from Ascension Press. This series includes Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother, a Catholic Bible study that will bring you on an extraordinary pilgrimage, revealing Mary's unique role in God's Kingdom and in our lives. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life, taking you through her joys ... and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever. Mary will become a part of your daily life, and in your daily life, you will become more like Christ. Click here to find more information, or here to view the Official Trailer.
Radio Maria from The Marian Library
Prayer of Blessed John Paul II for Radio Maria
Mary, guide us in our major decisions and give us strength in times of trial so that we may, with humble courage, follow the hidden ways of Heaven, keeping faith with God and mankind so that we can bring the joyful message of Christ, the Savior, to the hearts and minds of all.
Mary, guiding star of evangelization, be with us. Be with Radio Maria as guide and be its protector.
Here is news about a live Marian series "Miracle Hunter" airing on Radio Maria on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM CST.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed., a long-time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local stations for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio and WULM (AM 1600) in Springfield, Ohio. Called "Francesca and Friends: Why Mary?," the program airs every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST focusing on what is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture. CALL IN TOLL-FREE. PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show) 1-866-333-6279.
On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Francesca Franchina talks with Dr. Benjamin Keyes, Ph.D., Ed.D., psychotherapist, Pastor, and Professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, and Chair of the Association of Christian Therapists Psychotherapist Specialty Group. Dr. Keyes has written books, articles, etc., and has been published in numerous professional journals including ACT's Journal of Christian Healing.
Francesca and Friends encores on Mondays at 3:00 AM Eastern Time and will be archived on http://radiomaria.us [link to programs/Francesca Franchina/Francesca and Friends]. Available to listen to live broadcast on Radio Maria stations or to download on your iPad, smart phone, etc. Apps are listed at http://radiomaria.us. For convenient listening, see Radio Maria US Archives. Make allowances for your personal time zone if listening live.
Francesca and Friends with Francesca Franchina, National OSIA Trustee, is now being broadcast throughout the New York City metropolitan area at 11 pm on Friday nights on WSNR 620 AM, as well as on other local Radio Maria USA frequencies, and streaming on radiomaria.us. This is the replay of the program originating on the preceding Wednesday at noon EST. Give a listen every Friday at 11 PM; Mondays at 8:30 PM and LIVE on Wednesdays at noon EST.
The broadcast may also be heard on-line at radiomaria.us The website also provides access to some previous broadcasts. We'll keep you informed about future programs. An encore of each show is broadcast Monday night from 8:30-9:30 pm EST one week after the original.
Francesca is no longer doing her Tuesday program, Through the Tummy to the Heart on Radio Maria, but all programs and recipes are still posted in the Archives on the Radio Maria website at radiomaria.us. She will inaugurate commentary and blog on www.credoapostolate.us in the near future.
Living with Mary Today! Live: Thursdays and Fridays 2:30-3:00 PM EST: From the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, internationally-known Mariologists Fathers Bertrand Buby, François Rossier, Johann Roten, and Thomas Thompson of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Michael Duricy, Sister Jean Frisk, and others will discuss Marian themes such as The Blessed Mother and Ecumenism; Mary and The Family; Mary and Suffering, Marian Teachings and Writings of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI; Mary and Scripture from the Founder of the Marianists, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade; Mary and Vatican II, Marian Apparitions, and others. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton houses the largest collection of Marian books and artifacts in the world, and IMRI is one of the two sites of post-graduate studies in Mariology for the STL and STD. Find out more by visiting marypage.org. The University of Dayton; The Marian Library, and IMRI are collaborators with the International Satellite Radio Maria Network and Radio Maria Ohio. Click here for the schedule of future programs planned to date. Click here for the audio archive! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for future programs feel free to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week's programs:
Father Johann Roten, S.M., Thursday, February 27, 2:30 pm on The Meaning of Lourdes
Sister M. Jean Frisk, S.S.M., Friday, February 28, 2:30 pm on Mary in RCIA and Catechetical Classes
From the Marian Treasure Chest
St. Paul Speaks to Us Today from Brother John M. Samaha, S.M. [published in the latest issue of Sophia]
Even today St. Paul continues to communicate with us.
Why does the Church highlight St. Paul so brightly in its liturgy and history? How does this fit into the contemporary scenario of salvation history and the new evangelization?
Church historians reckon that St. Paul was born around 10 A.D. in Tarsus, now located in Turkey. Following his conversion to Christianity, he became the Church's foremost evangelizer in spreading the gospel among the Jews and the Gentiles.
His contribution to the spread of Christianity in the first century continues to remind us of our baptismal obligation to spread the Gospel.
Early in his papacy Benedict XVI honored his missionary legacy and reflected that "The Church is by nature missionary. Its primary task is evangelization. In the third millennium the Church feels with renewed strength that Christ's missionary mandate is more pressing than ever." This observation invites us to recall the genius and sanctity and zeal of the Apostle of the Gentiles. It encourages us to imitate what he taught and to renew our missionary spirit.
The perennial power of Paul
How did Saint Paul do it? What did he speak, write, and do to attract so many to Christianity? He was a dynamic evangelizer, the premier Apostle of the Gentiles. Sitting in a pew, or participating in a Bible study circle in the third millennium, it can still be difficult to fathom the meaning he loaded into terms like "flesh," "spirit," and "the world." But, promise biblical scholars like Father Joseph Fitzmyer, a Pauline authority, there is power to be found in Paul's letters of faith, proclaimed years before the gospels were composed.
What he said yesteryear fits this year.
The meaning of Saint Paul's letters is the same today as they were for his contemporaries. They cannot be different. The 1993 Pontifical Biblical Commission instruction, The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church, explains the "actualization" of the word of God. It wants to help us understand what the Bible is saying to us today in the third millennium. God did not speak through the inspired writers only for the people of 2000 years ago.
Beginning with what the scripture text meant for its own time, actualization invites us to do three things: hear the text from within one's own situation, identify the aspects of the present situation underscored by the text, and draw from the text the meaning that guides us to the will of God. Although the biblical texts have been composed in the languages and circumstances of the past, they reveal their message for us today as we apply their message to present-day circumstances and express it in today's language.
What was Paul telling us?
Paul describes for us the effects of Christ's redemptive act, what he did for humanity. He comments on the various effects of the redemption as looking at the event from ten different angles. From one angle he explains that Christ justified us–justification; from other angles, he depicts salvation, reconciliation, expiation, redemption, freedom, sanctification, transformation, new creation, and glorification.
Each angle of vision derives from Paul's Jewish or Hellenistic background and education. He tells us that Jesus Christ justified us, that He made it possible for us to stand before God, the judge, and hear a verdict of acquittal as one would in a court of law today following a trial. Is there a difference among all these images or facets of the saving act of Jesus? Not really. Christ Jesus did this, and Paul simply uses different images to convey the results.
In examining Paul's theology, the experts tell us to recast what Paul preached into a form that Paul himself did not use. In this way we attempt to synthesize his teaching. What Paul proclaimed to his contemporaries, he proclaims to us today.
The Acts of the Apostles gives us three different stories of Paul's conversion. We find the episode on the road to Damascus in chapter 9, and the others in chapters 22 and 26 recall the incident. But these are Luke's accounts of Paul.
Only once does Paul write about what happened to him, and this is recorded in Galatians 1. Paul speaks of his call from God. He does not use the word "conversion," but speaks of his "call."
Paul is unaware of Luke's description, and Paul makes no mention of an incident on the road to Damascus. Mainly, Paul recounts his call because he is insisting that he is an apostle, "not from human beings nor through a human being, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead." (Gal 1:1) Some people were denying that Paul is an apostle. Paul insists that he is, and struggled to be recognized on the same level as the twelve apostles.
Paul's letters preceded the gospels
Paul's letters have special significance because they were written before the gospels. He gave us an interpretation of Christ before the early Church had recorded the story of Christ. The letters that most scholars agree were written by Paul himself (1 Thessalonians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Romans, and Philemon) were written between 51 and 58 A.D. The earliest gospel, Mark, was written about 65 A.D. Our earliest portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth, then, is given to us by Paul. For this reason, Paul is the first theologian of the Christian faith.
Paul's theological vocabulary
In Romans 9:5 Paul talks about the Messiah according to the flesh. Naturally he means his human descent from David as David's progeny.
Paul also talks about the flesh in opposition to the spirit. He does not mean the Holy Spirit, but the characteristics of the human being that at times he calls the flesh and at other times the spirit. Paul does not work with the Greek or Roman idea of body and soul. He regards the human being as a unit. In referring to the human being as flesh or spirit or mind, he is mentioning different aspects of a composite that he does not separate into parts.
When Paul refers to the human being as flesh, he means humanity's earth-oriented tendencies. When he talks about the human spirit, he means that aspect of the human being's openness to God and God’s influence. When he refers to the human being as heart, he means the emotive and affectionate aspect of the person. When he talks about the mind, he means the intellectual capacity.
The core of Paul's theology
What is the heart of Paul's theology? He himself responds, "We preach Christ crucified." His proclamation is that God has not done this before in human history, that God has entered human history in a new form. God sent His Son and that Son died for us on the cross. The consequence is the Resurrection.
The key to Paul's theology is expressed in terms of what he himself frequently stated in various ways. For example, in 1 Corinthians 1:21-24, Paul says, "For, since in the wisdom of God, the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith. For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."
The cross puts Christ Jesus himself at the center of God's way of salvation. God works the salvation of humanity through Christ Jesus. Everything in Paul's teaching is oriented to his Christ-centered understanding of salvation.
What would Saint Paul tell us today?
This is not an easy question to answer. But really he has already told us. We would like to locate answers to the problems of our current times in a facile manner by looking into the Bible. But this requires study, reflection, and prayer.
When we read Paul today, we are reading him through the lens of patristic teaching, theological reflection, and the dogmatic tradition of the Church--the Christian wisdom of centuries. Paul gives indication of what is pertinent to our condition, but he does not give the full answer.
The purpose of discussing Paul's theology is to offer a descriptive presentation of Paul's Christian faith and to determine especially what Paul meant when he addressed the Christians of this day. This also challenges us to ascertain what his theology means for us here and now.
Paul's theology is an exposition of the inspired biblical heritage of early Christians that has an existential meaning for our faith today. Paul's theology is part of biblical theology. In biblical theology we find two poles or aspects: one is descriptive--it describes; the other normative--it prescribes. Paul's meaning for the faith of people today cannot be anything other than the meaning he intended for his contemporaries.
Reading the letters of Paul today
There are some passages of the New Testament to keep in mind when approaching St. Paul. In 2 Corinthians 1:13 Paul says, "For we write you nothing but what you can read and understand, and I hope you will understand completely, as you have come to understand us partially." Then look at 2 Peter 3:15: "And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation, as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, also wrote to you speaking of these things as he does in all his letters. In them there are some things hard to understand that the ignorant and unstable distort to their own destruction just as they do the other scriptures." So we can see that even as Paul's letters were being collected by the early Church the faithful did not find them easy to understand.
In Acts 8:30-31 when Philip is evangelizing the Ethiopian eunuch, who is reading Isaiah 53, we are told, "Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, 'Do you understand what you are reading?' He replied, 'How can I, unless someone instructs me.'"
We cannot simply open the Bible and expect to understand everything right off the bat. The Greek text of Acts says literally, "Unless someone guides me."
Paul's challenge continues
St. Paul helps us to recall the wonder of our creation and the greater wonder of our redemption. He inspires us to ponder the Paschal Mystery and to ask God to bring to perfection the saving work He has begun in us. Perennial, passionate, prodigious Paul is our model for the new evangelization.
Last Chance to See Current Exhibit!
The Rosary Illustrated
A series of paintings will be on display to highlight the Mysteries of the Rosary from February 2 through March 2 in the Marian Library Gallery on the seventh floor of the University of Dayton's Roesch Library. It is free and open to the public. Hours for the Marian Library are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The next exhibit, Marian Heritage, featuring Marian sculptures by Robert C. Koepnick (1907-1995) will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery from March 5 - May 3, 2014, Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. For special arrangements call 937-229-4214. A Lecture and Reception will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2 pm. Free and open to the public. Complementary visitor parking passes can be acquired at the visitor parking information center (see udayton.edu/publicsafety/parking).
Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. CatholicWeb.com highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. Catholic.net includes a Mariology section with articles from The Mary Page. Please visit these sites in return. We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.
Radio Maria originated east of Milan, Italy in 1983, and is now heard in fifty-four countries. The main USA station is in Alexandria, Louisiana with affiliate stations across the USA [including FM 88.7, WHJM, in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) and AM 1600, WULM, in Springfield/Dayton, Ohio. All USA Radio Maria stations regularly air live Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm EST and on Thursday and Friday from 2:30-3:00 pm EST, as well as local programming originating from many other affiliated Radio Maria stations in the USA.
International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule
IMRI courses for the Spring 2013 semester commenced on February 3, 2014.
The Pontifical Academic Program leading to STL and STD in theology with a specialization in Marian Studies offers courses in three year-round sessions. See our course offerings for the 2013-2014 Academic Year [in PDF requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]. Our Academic Guide [formerly called Student Guide] is also available in PDF.
Click here to see the
courses available through the International Marian Research Institute
[Select Term from dropdown (e.g. Spring 2014), then click Submit. On the next screen select Marian Institute for Subject, then click Class Search].
In keeping with the season, we suggest Poems for Ordinary Time.
We have revised and expanded our material in Chinese. This is a work in progress, so expect more content soon. Feel free to let us know what you think of this section.
Study Group at St. Albert Parish
Title: True Devotion to Mary
Date: Tuesdays, February 11 - March 25, 2014, 7-8 p.m.
Location: The Spirit Center behind St. Albert church, 3033 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, OH 45429
Everyone is invited to discuss St. Louis Marie de Montfort's Secret of Mary and Preparation for Total Consecration. Books are available free on the internet, as well as for loan or purchase ($5 for both). Free coffee and tea will be provided by the host, the Legion of Mary.
For more information, phone 937-229-1431.
Pope Receives Group of Prison Inmates
Pope Francis received a group of prisoners at his residence in the Vatican yesterday.
The Holy Father asked to greet the nineteen inmates from the Italian cities of Pisa and Pianosa in the Casa Santa Marta shortly before his weekly general audience.
According to L’Osservatore Romano, the Pope "prayed with them and for them, and he blessed them before the image of the Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, which is particularly dear to him, explaining to them the root of his devotion...."
The director and editors of The Mary Page under the auspices of the International Marian Research Institute do not necessarily endorse or agree with the events and ideas expressed in this feature. Our sole purpose is to report on items about Mary gleaned from a myriad of papers representing the secular press.
Source: University of Dayton Magazine (Dayton, OH) February 13, 2014
Professors Elizabeth Gustafson and Joseph Untener will receive the 2014 Lackner Awards, which are given to full-time lay faculty or staff who, during a significant period, have made a noteworthy contribution to the Catholic and Marianist character of the University of Dayton.
The University will honor Gustafson and Untener at an invitation-only dinner Friday, Feb. 28, in the Kennedy Union ballroom.
The University named the awards in honor of Brother Elmer Lackner, S.M., whose influence throughout forty-five years of service permeated nearly all areas of University life....
Marian Commemoration Days
To celebrate the month of January with Mary:
The Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation. We also list important Marian dates for each month of the year. Please see Marian Commemoration Days for the month of February.
You are invited to help us pray for our Prayer Corner intentions. Please take a look! This site allows users to submit prayer requests directly or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!
The Mary Page website is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see what's in the news.
This page, maintained by The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio 45469-1390, and created by Ann Zlotnik , was last modified Friday, 02/28/2014 11:50:35 EST by Michael Duricy . Please send any comments to email@example.com.