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January 6, 2001

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The Dombes Document
A New "Storia della Mariologia"
World Youth Day in Canada 2002
Mary's Beauty
Liturgy of the Hours
From The Marian Library Newsletter – Book & Articles
Update from The Marian Library Newsletter
New Exhibit: Tatiana Romanova-Grant
Mary in the Secular Press

Calendar of Marian Events
Prayer Corner Requests

Items Revisited

Call for Papers: Marian Spirituality

News Archive

This week's themes:
The Life of Mary
Presentation of Jesus in the Temple


The Dombes Document

Rev. Giancarlo M. Bruni writes in the newsletter, Marianum Notizie-News, 2/2000:

On Thursday, May 18, 2000, in the Aula Magna of the Marianum there was an afternoon of discussion on the Dombes Group's Marian document: Mary in the Plan of God and in the Communion of Saints (Editions Qiqajon). Ignazio M. Calabuig, President of the Faculty, gave the opening address and Enrico Maria Sironi acted as moderator for the two conferences which followed.

Giancarlo M. Bruni gave the first talk: Chiavi di lettura del documento mariano del Gruppo di Dombes (Interpretations of the Dombes Group Marian Document). Bruni indicated keys to understanding the text: the Dombes group; the unusual literary genre; the reasons behind the document and the peculiar methodology employed. Alfonso Langella gave the second talk: La recezione critica del documento Dombes. Valori e limiti (Critical Reception of the Dombes' Document; Values and Limitations). Langella pointed out the positive values to be found in the document and then in the light of exegesis, history and theology he subjected the document to a critical examination.

This is a document which makes one think, as the ample discussion following the reports demonstrated.

A New "Storia della Mariologia"

Rev. Aristide M. Serra writes in the newsletter, Marianum Notizie-News, 2/2000, that there will be a new, reworked edition of the 1985 Edizioni Paoline Nuovo Dizionario di Mariologia. The original concept for this work originated with the professors of the Marianum in Rome. The professors under the editorial leadership of Frs. Stefano De Fiores and Salvatore Meo, along with 63 other collaborators, took part in this project. Serra writes:

Once the Dizionario had been published the need for a companion work became apparent: a Storia di Mariologia (History of Mariology). Over the past fifteen years this has been the subject of frequent discussion and reflection. ... Several of the most presitigious Catholic publishing houses in Italy have expressed an interest in this project. ...

[During several meetings, the committee decided]:

  • 1. A new "Storia della Mariologia" would not only be useful, it is a necessity. Few existing [sic] at present and they are for the most part antiquated.
  • 2. The new work would be addressed to researchers, students, cultural and ecclesiastical institutions.
  • 3. The subject must be treated in the context of civil history, the history of the Church and the history of theology. It would be above-all important to take stock of schools of thought and cultural phenomena at various periods in both the East and the West, and among all Christian churches throughout the world.
  • 4. The work would consist of three volumes. ...
    – the first - from the Biblical Model to the Literary Model, I - XVI Centuries;
    – the second - from the Lutheran Model to the Model found in Manuals: XVI - XIX Centuries;
    – the third - from the neo-orthodox to the Latin American, Asian and African Models, XIX - XX Centuries.
  • Scholars will provide an inter-disciplinary approach to the articles.

    World Youth Day in Canada 2002

    We received the following notification and gladly share it with you:

    Catholic Canada Directory ( is pleased to inform you that the Official Web Site of the WORLD YOUTH DAY 2002 in Toronto Ontario Canada is up and running at: or

    Please consider creating a link to it on your own web site to help spread the good news. This will be its permanent URL even though it is the preliminary site.

    The information is currently in English, French and Spanish but they are already working on other languages and other sections (e.g., registration).

    They also hope to have a logo soon which will allow them to change from a text-oriented site to one with a definite design.

    You may have seen the material on the site already, but come back often for the Official updates.

    Mary's Beauty

    With the author's permission, we gladly share Fr. Walter Brennan's reflections on Mary's beauty:

    1. BEAUTY. We are not talking about the beauty which is only "skin deep." We are talking about that beauty which makes people say that so and so is a beautiful person. Beauty is what pleases when seen. There is a harmony between interior and exterior which is attractive. There is goodness apparent in the actions of the beautiful person. If, after Christ, Mary is the most perfect person, as the Church teaches, that includes her human beauty, her goodness. Her interiority was such that her character shone through her body. She was the kind of person we would like to be around: sensitive, polite, social, kind, considerate. Ethnic standards of physical beauty are changeable. But for every ethnic group and for every person the beauty she had was not changeable. It was the kind of beauty that every person would appreciate. Mary's beauty was recognizable, human, and pleasing to any human person.

    2. GOODNESS. Mary's goodness was part and parcel of her beauty. From her conception she grew in goodness, the favor of God. She was filled with the Spirit of God. She carried the Son of God. She was ready to help everyone in the new creation, the new covenant. Christ came to help all. This is what she said YES to. It would take even death for Him to accomplish this, for he was the Suffering Servant. Mary was God's Servant whose own soul a sword of faith would pierce, as the Gospel of Luke tells us. When she said YES, she said it for every human being, to bring about the new creation which is available to everyone who hears Christ and does what He says. This was her message to the Servants at Cana, representing all who would follow Christ, knowing where the wine comes from. She was made mother of all at the cross. As good to the ultimate human degree, she wished goodness to all who were born human and called by God. This makes her a "good" person, a "tender" mother, a "servant" of God.

    3. OUR CHALLENGE. Our challenge is to follow Christ and to do what she did. Then we will be images of Christ, the true image of the God who is beauty and goodness. This is the call of the new creation which she models. [Source: Marian Update # 63 Winter, 2000, author, Walter Brennan, O.S.M.]

    Liturgy of the Hours

    The following information was sent to us:


    I'd like to introduce you to an exciting new web site designed to provide quick and easy access to the Liturgy of the Hours. This web site makes it possible to download and make as many copies as needed of the Morning and Evening Prayer forms for each day of the year. It is designed so that either clergy or lay people can lead the prayer groups.

    Use of this site is ... a service provided to anyone interested by the Liturgy of the Hours Apostolate. The purpose of the apostolate is to encourage the praying of the Divine Office, especially as a community. ...

    Deacon Sal Cirabisi
    Liturgy of the Hours Apostolate

    From The Marian Library Newsletter – Book & Articles