Mary Page News

December 8, 2000

Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the myriad ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.


Advent Resources
Our Lady of Guadalupe
We Receive E-mails
Mirror of Hope
Mary in the Secular Press

Calendar of Marian Events
Prayer Corner Requests

Items Re-visited

Call for Papers: Mary and Spirituality
Crèches International: Dayton Art Institute
New Society: Friends of the Crèche
New Exhibit: Georgia Armstrong Askew

News Archive

This week's themes:
The Life of Mary
Nativity, Epiphany, Flight to Eygpt
William  Joseph Chaminade
From the Marianist Tradition
Our Reason for Existence


Advent Resources

You will find the reflection at: God Still Comes

See additional resources:

  • Advent Calendar
  • Advent in Nativity Scenes
  • Jesse Tree
  • Merciless Magnificat
  • Advent Poetry

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe

    See our feature at: Resources for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    We Receive E-mails

    Young people are a big problem for the Church. Many find the Mass boring as do I and nothing is done to give them any encouragement. A lot of priests are lazy, many are unapproachable, they are too strict. The priest should get out and meet the young people of his parish. Too often they rely on the older, more staunch parishioners instead of concentrating on bringing young people back into the Church. I think that the Church is doomed unless something is done to help and encourage the young.

    Very often the comments of the elderly spark off resentment in young people - they have different images of what their Faith is. So many people call the youth of Merseyside for everything - but if they could see the strong numbers of youth in Lourdes working hard for the sick they would know how wrong they are. Very often the youth do good things but don't publicise their actions whilst the older Catholics/Christians wave banners if they do anything good. The elderly think young people enjoy their religion too much. Why shouldn't we? Loving God shouldn't be a penance. That's how many young people feel but are told that they lack respect.

    A Student Social Worker, Merseyside

    Mary Page editors wonder what its readers think in response to the e-mail received above.

    Mirror of Hope

    The University of Dayton has honored Kevin Hanna's masterpiece with a website feature all its own. See the site at Mirror of Hope

    Be sure to scroll down to view the images.

    Mary in the Secular Press

    Commentary on Mary in various news articles from November 21 - December 6, 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.

    Items Revisited

    Call for Papers: Marian Spirituality

    The Mariological Society of American issues a "Call-for-Papers." The conferences will be delivered at the Society's annual meeting, May, 2001, and printed in Marian Studies, 2001 (vol. 52). The Society is undertaking a three-year program on Marian Spirituality – the witness and experience of the Marian influence in the life of the Church, of religious movements, and of individuals.

    The first year's program (2001) will deal with Marian Spirituality, especially the concept of mediation, during the patristic and early medieval periods. Papers are requested on the Scriptural and doctrinal foundations of Marian spirituality, and on witness of early Eastern and Western writers (e.g., Augustine, Ildephonse of Toledo, Severus of Antioch, John Damascene, Germanus of Constantinople, the monastic writers) and the hymns and prayers of the period.

    A precis should be submitted by December 31, 2000. For more information, contact Fr. Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., The Marian Library/IMRI, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469-1390. (FAX 937- 229-4258; Tel: 937-229-4214.

    Crèches International: Dayton Art Institute

    During the past four years The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute has been instrumental in fostering the true meaning of the Advent/Christmas season. Each year, nativity sets collected from around the world have been on display at the University of Dayton and at Gallery St. John (1998 & 1999) at the Marianist provincial center in Dayton.

    For the first time this year, thirty of the crèches will be on display at The Dayton Art Institute. The collaboration for this project involved over a year of planning and preparation for the special exhibit, The Christmas Story. The nativity sets in their unique cultural settings will be on view between November 21, 2000, and January 7, 2001.

    The selection of the crèches comprises entirely new displays as well as some beloved selections of previously exhibited at the University of Dayton. Simultaneously, sets new and old will be at The Marian Library's museum. Previous years' exhibits can be viewed on Mary Page in our gallery section:

    New Society: Friends of the Crèche

    In December, 1999, a small group of lovers of Christmas Nativities met in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the purpose of starting an organization with the following goals:

    To learn more about the society and the first national convention click on:

    Friends of the Creche

    New Exhibit: Georgia Armstrong Askew

with the Sun] This exhibit has been on display at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute since mid-November. Enjoy its rich symbolism at:

    Current Exhibit

    For news article: First Christmas – A collection of Nativity paintings from award-winning Milford artist Georgia Armstrong Askew is on display in the University of Dayton's Marian Library. See

    The Life of Mary: Nativity, Epiphany, Flight to Eygpt

    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.

    The example from magisterial writings below is derived from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 525 Jesus was born in a humble stable, into a poor family. (Cf.. Lk 2:6-7) Simple shepherds were the first witnesses to this event. In this poverty heaven's glory was made manifest. (Cf.. Lk 2:8-20) The Church never tires of singing the glory of this night:

    The Virgin today brings into the world the Eternal and the earth offers a cave to the Inaccessible. The angels and shepherds praise him and the magi advance with the star, for you are born for us, Little Child, God eternal! (Kontakion of Romanos the Melodist) [See also 725]

    526 To become a child in relation to God is the condition for entering the kingdom. (Cf.. Mt 18:3-4) For this, we must humble ourselves and become little. Even more: to become "children of God" we must be "born from above" or "born of God." (Jn 3:7 et al) Only when Christ is formed in us will the mystery of Christmas be fulfilled in us. (Cf.. Gal 4:19) Christmas is the mystery of this "marvelous exchange": ...

    O marvelous exchange! Man's Creator has become man, born of the Virgin. We have been made sharers in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share our humanity.

    The Life of Mary: Nativity, Epiphany, Flight to Eygpt

    Prayer Corner Requests

    You are invited to help us pray for our prayer corner intentions.

    {Note: We were unable to locate the Holy Father's December intentions.]

    Prayer Corner

    For more information on these intentions, see: Apostleship of Prayer

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