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May 12, 2000
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Britannica Mentions Mary Page
International Marian Research Institute Summer Courses
Britannica Mentions Mary Page
The Encyclopedia Britannica has a religion page at http://www.britannica.com/religion/. On May 10, 2000, Mary Page was given as a reference for study of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Goldmine's Website of the Month
A site called The Catholic Goldmine chose the Mary Page as its site of the month. You'll find it at:
May 100 Years Ago
A century ago, a Marienkalender (Marian Almanac, Regensburg, Germany) was published. Over 200 pages were devoted to articles, pilgrimages, and things Marian in general.
Note the regally clothed and crowned Mary who holds her son who has just been taken from the cross. This is the image held in honor at the pilgrimage church depicted at the bottom of the image, Our Lady, Maria-Birnbaum (Mary of the Pear Tree) in Upper Bavaria. Note also the detailed drawings of symbols, doves and flowers in honor of Jesus and Mary.
Current Art Exhibit: Names of Mary
The current exhibit at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute features the work of Sarah Hall, internationally known stained glass artist. Sarah Hall resides in Toronto, Canada. She personally delivered her designs to The Marian Library where her work will be featured until the end of May. You can take a virtual tour of the gallery at:
Mary Places: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
On May 21, 1995 on the 70th Anniversary of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Providence, Queen of the Home, a self-guided tour book of their grounds was produced by the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana. The grounds feature the following shrines:
The booklet features a map, an explanation of each grotto or shrine, and space for notes for personal reflection. The following is quoted from the booklet:
The prayer of the feet, the pilgrimage, is one of the most ancient and universal of prayers.
As a form of prayer, the pilgrimage is an incarnational prayer, a prayer of the body. A pilgrim is a person who prays with the feet. In our present time, when greater and greater attention is being focused upon experiencing the Divine, the pilgrimage offers a form of prayer that can truly be experience and lived. Christ Himself was often a pilgrim, traveling from His native Galilee to the Temple of Jerusalem of the ancient festivals."
Mary Page commends this little booklet and recommends that many follow suit. For more information, write to: National Shrine of Our Lady of Providence, Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876-1096.
Beatification of Fatima Seers
Pope John Paul II travels to Fatima this Saturday, May 13, to beatify the siblings, Jacinta (1910- 1920) and Francisco Marto (1908-1919). The two children will be the first children to be beatified who were not martyrs. Until now, the age allowed to begin such a process was seventeen.
The process began officially in 1979. On May 13, 1991, the tenth anniversary of the attack on Pope John Paul II in Rome, the Holy Father traveled to Fatima for the second time. At this time he proclaimed that the brother and sister had lived lives of heroic virtue. The required cure was the sudden healing of Mrs. Maria Emilia dos Santos of Leiria, who had been paralyzed and bedridden for twenty-two years. She had asked the children to intercede for her for seventeen years. In 1987 she held a novena in their honor. At the conclusion of the novena the paralysis was suddenly gone. She was examined by doctors in Portugal and in Rome. No natural explanation could be found.
The Vatican let it be known that it was not the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary that were decisive in the beatification process, but their exemplary behavior, graced beyond the usual decision-making of children, that is being recognized. Special note is made of their behavior when their lives were threatened. Alone, without their parents, they were ready to die rather deny the Blessed Mother. The children also endured their illnesses in a heroic way in order to do penance for the conversion of those who had closed God out of their lives. When Jacinta visited her dying brother she told him, "Greet our Lord and our dear Lady in my name, too, and tell them that I will gladly suffer still a long time, if they wish it, in order to convert sinners and to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
The pope's visit takes place eighty-three years to the day after the Virgin Mary's appearance and nineteen years after he survived an assassination attempt on St. Peter's Square. The pontiff has always said that the Virgin of Fatima intervened on that day to save his life.
[The above information has been extracted from an article by Dr. Adolf Fugel, Switzerland. The article appeared in the May 2000 issue of Bote von Fatima.]
The three small plaques above were created in honor of the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco Marto. The plaques are 4.7 cm x 5 cm and can be obtained from the Ursula-Kunstwerkstätten E.G. Weinert GmbH, Marzellenstr. 42, D-50668 Kön, Germany.
Divine Mercy Feast
Be sure to note the many articles on the Internet concerning the canonization of Sr. Faustina, the Polish nun who fostered devotion to Divine Mercy.
Maria Faustina Kowalska, the mystic 20th century Polish Sister of the Virgin Mary of Mercy who died in 1938, leaving a diary in which she recorded visions of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, was canonized by Pope John Paul II on April 30. John Paul was archbishop of Krakow in the late 1960s when he began efforts for her beatification. Reported by Agence France Presse on April 30 and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on May 1. The Agence France Presse reported that 70,000 Polish pilgrims went to Rome for the canonization.
The CWNews.com reported: On Sunday, May 3, 2000,
-- Pope John Paul II has encouraged his fellow Poles to keep alive the country's Christian heritage, and to make sure that young people are acquainted with the saints who have played important roles in Polish history.
The Pope made his remarks on May 3, when Polish Catholic celebrates the feast of the Virgin, Queen of Poland. Pope John Paul recalled that the Polish constitution of 1791 was adopted on that national feast day, after King Jan Casimir placed the entire country "under the protection of the Mother of God" in 1656.
Later in his talk, the Holy Father refers to Sr. Fautina. You will find more if you search under Faustina at: Catholic World News
Mary in the Secular Press
Commentary on Mary in various news articles from April 30 - May 8, 2000.
The director and editors of 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.
International Marian Research Institute Summer Courses
See the course offerings for the summer academic session of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at: Summer Schedule
Mary Page MAY Resources
See: May Poetry
The Church has often asserted that it is lawful to venerate images of Christ, Mary and the
saints. To crown a Marian image is an expression of this veneration.
See: Coronation of Mary
May, Mary's Month, Marian Coronation: May is often called Mary's month in popular
devotion. Mary Page offers two articles for contemplation.
See: May Crowning
The Mariological Society of America's 51st Annual Program
May 24-26, 2000
Wednesday, May 24, 2000
Marian Pilgrimage: Devotion, Renewal, Tourism?
Thursday, May 25, 1999, 9:00 a.m. Registration
Two Documents for the Jubilee: The Shrine and The Pilgrimage
Marian Pilgrimage in Anthropological Perspective
Contemporary Pilgrimage The Schoenstatt Experience
Business Meeting Elections, 3:00 p.m.
Works in Progress/Recent Dissertations , 3:15 p.m.
Eucharistic Liturgy, Shrine Church , 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 26, 2000
Marian Shrines as Places of Encounter, Welcome, and Refuge
Marian Devotion for the New Millennium
Survey of Recent Mariology
In Memoriam: Rev. Frederick M. Jelly, OP, Professor at the International Marian Research Institute
Fr. Fred Jelly, long a professor during the summer program of the International Marian Research Institute, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2000. Fr. Jelly had suffered a collapse in May 1999 from which he recuperated and was able to return to his position and teaching and priestly formation during the second semester of the academic year at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He had even made plans to travel to Dayton during the Easter break to discuss future projects.
Fr. Jelly was internationally known for his writings, ecumenical involvement, audio recordings, teaching, and speaking engagements in marian theological studies. In 1998, he received an honor dating back to the early days of the Dominican Order. The honor is entitled, Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), and is awarded to those Dominicans who have rendered special service to the Church by their scholarly defense and promoting of our Catholic faith. Fr. Jelly was awarded the honor mainly for his work in mariology.
Mary and the Easter Season
The Person of Mary Cultural Background (Jewishness) symbol)
The Mary Page theme for this news brief about the Blessed Mother is culled from magisterial documents since Vatican II. The theme will covers various aspects of Mary's personhood. Mary is a real, historical person who lived in Nazareth 2000.
An example from magisterial writings below is derived from the document, Orientale Lumen, The Light of the East, Pope John Paul II, 2 May 1995:
My gaze turns to the Orientale Lumen which shines from Jerusalem (cf. Is 60:1; Rv 21:10), the city where the Word of God, made man for our salvation, a Jew "descended from David according to the flesh" (Rom 1:3; 2 Tm 2:8), died and rose again. In that holy city, when the day of Pentecost had come and "they were all together in one place: (Acts 2:1), the Paraclete was sent upon Mary and the disciples. From there the good news spread throughout the world because, filled with the Holy Spirit, "they spoke the word of God with boldness: (Acts 4:31). From there, from the mother of all the churches, the Gospel was preached to all nations OL 2
Prayer Corner Requests
You are invited to help us pray for our prayer corner intentions.
The intentions of the Holy Father for May 2000:
For more information on these intentions, see: Apostleship of Prayer
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