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Liturgical Season

In preparation for the Liturgical celebrations of the Birth of Mary on September 8, and Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.

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New Resources

With graphic artist, Kris Sommer, on our design team, our Mary Page web site has been getting an extensive aesthetic renovation.  The latest section to have been revised is ACADEME.  Expect more to follow.

We have updated our New Marian Poetry and posted the answer to a reader's question, "Who is Our Lady of Hope"?  We have also added two articles by Br. John Samaha to our Meditations index, "Our Lady of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol" and "A Scientific Note About St. Juan Diego's Tilma".

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  News from the Marian Library

Marjorie A. Yefchak, age 72, of Riverside, passed away Monday, August 19, 2002.  Marjorie was a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church and was employed with the University of Dayton working in the Marian Library.  She was a member of Creches International Organization and Friends of the Creche for which she also served as a Board Member.  Marjorie is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, George Yefchak; her son, George; 1 brother, Donald Cummings and wife Denice of Texas; 1 sister, Mary Condonnier; nieces, nephews, and numerous friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was said at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, August 22, 2002, at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church with Fr. Tom Thompson Celebrant.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marian Library at the University of Dayton in memory of Marjorie.

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Current Exhibit

The Marian Library is currently exhibiting The Madonnas of Europe: A great Photographer on Pilgrimage to famous Marian Shrines in Europe, by Janusz Rosikon.  This exhibit runs from August 12 thru September 27, 2002; hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday  or by special arrangement [call (937) 229-4214].  Items are displayed on both the first and seventh floors of Roesch Library.

Digitized photos of the items on display in the Marian Library can be seen under Current Exhibit in our Gallery section.

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Major Exhibit Coming Next Year

Vatican art treasures -- UD will be one of the few venues to exhibit a Vatican collection of multicultural, multi-century art devoted to Mary next year.

For more information see the article by Pamela Gregg in the August 22 issue of U.D.'s Campus Report.

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News about the Mariological Society of America (MSA)

Call for Papers for MSA 2003 (May 21-24 in Los Angeles)

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

The schedule of IMRI courses for Fall 2002 - Fall 2003 is now available for view.

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Personal thoughts and reflections about Mary 
from our readers 

We've added a section to our Research and Publications section showing selected personal comments from our readers about the Virgin Mary.  Click here to see comments received within the past month.  From this page, feel free to submit your own personal thoughts on Mary.  

We also encourage our readers to submit their opinions on various styles of Marian Art through an on-line art survey.

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Marian Events

MARY AND THE POOR, a Special Marian Conference sponsored by Friars, Servants of Mary, Chicago, IL, will be held on September 6 and 7, 2002 at St. Domitilla School Hall, 605 N. Hillside Ave., Hillside, IL 60162.  For more information, call (773) 973-4812.

Click this link for a list of all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.

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Prayer Corner Requests

You are invited to help us pray for our Prayer Corner intentions.  Please take a look!  This site has been updated and enhanced and now allows users to directly submit prayer requests or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!

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News from Around the World

From ZENIT

Pope Entrusts His Mission to Mary

At a Shrine He's Known Since Boyhood

KRAKOW, Poland, AUG. 19, 2002 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II entrusted to the Virgin Mary the fulfillment of his mission to the end, as he celebrated Mass in one of the shrines most important in his life.

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Krakow, was the pilgrimage center Karol Wojtyla frequented as a child with his father. He also went there as archbishop of Krakow, when faced with difficult decisions.

"Most Holy Mother," he prayed at the end of his homily today, "Our Lady of Calvary, obtain also for me strength in body and spirit, that I may carry out to the end the mission given me by the risen Lord."

"To you I give back all the fruits of my life and my ministry," he said. "To you I entrust the future of the Church; to you I offer my nation; in you do I trust and once more to you I declare: Totus Tuus, Maria!"

The Latin phrase ("All thine") -- the motto of John Paul II's pontificate -- was inspired by the words of French theologian St. Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort (1673-1716).

The Holy Father was visibly moved. Before the Mass, in the presence of 500 people who crowded the church, he was profoundly recollected in prayer before an image of the Blessed Virgin. About 20,000 people followed the event from the square next to the shrine.

Karol Wojtyla came to this church as a boy, accompanied by his father, one year after his mother's death. He last visited the shrine in 1979, during his first visit to Poland as Pope.

In his prayer, the Holy Father also entrusted to Mary "the needs of the poor and the suffering." He asked the Mother of God to "enable the unemployed to find an employer," adding "help those who are poverty-stricken to find a home. Grant families the love which makes it possible to surmount all difficulties. Show young people a way and a horizon for the future."

"Cover children with the mantle of your protection, lest they be scandalized," John Paul II continued.

"Confirm religious communities with the grace of faith, hope and love. Grant that priests may follow in the footsteps of your Son by offering their lives each day for the sheep. Obtain for bishops the light of the Holy Spirit, so that they may guide this Church to the gates of your Son's Kingdom by a single, straight path," the Holy Father added.

At the end of John Paul II's prayer, prolonged applause broke out in the church and in the surrounding area.

Following the Mass, the Pope lunched with the community of Friars Minor, also known as Bernardines, who oversee the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Shrine.

The Pope left Poland this afternoon, ending the 98th international pilgrimage of his pontificate.

John Paul II's Homily at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Shrine

"I Come as a Pilgrim"

KRAKOW, Poland, AUG. 19, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Here is a translation of the homily John Paul II delivered at the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Shrine today, on the fourth centenary of its foundation.

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"Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,

Our life, our sweetness and our hope!"

Dear Brothers and Sisters.

1. Today I come to this Shrine as a pilgrim, as I used to come when I was a child and as a young man. I come before Our Lady of Calvary as I used to come as Bishop of Kraków to entrust to her the problems of the Archdiocese and of those whom God had entrusted to my pastoral care. I come here and, now as then, I repeat: Hail, Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!

How many times have I seen that the Mother of the Son of God turns her eyes of mercy upon the concerns of the afflicted, that she obtains for them the grace to resolve difficult problems, and that they, in their powerlessness, come to a fuller realization of the amazing power and wisdom of Divine Providence? Has this not been the experience of the generations of pilgrims who have come here for four hundred years? Indeed it has. Otherwise today's celebration would not be taking place. You would not be here, dear friends, you who tread the Paths of Kalwaria, tracing the steps of Christ's Passion and Cross and following his Mother's journey of compassion and glory. This place wondrously helps the heart and mind to gain deeper insight into the mystery of that bond which united the suffering Savior and his co-suffering Mother. At the center of this mystery of love everyone who comes here rediscovers himself, his life, his daily existence, his weakness and, at the same time, the power of faith and hope: that power which springs up from the assurance that the Mother does not abandon her children at times of trouble, but leads them to her Son and entrusts them to his mercy.

2. "Standing by the cross of Jesus were his Mother, and his Mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene" (Jn 19:25). She who was linked to the Son of God by bonds of blood and by maternal love, there, at the foot of the Cross, experienced this union in suffering. She alone, despite the pain of her mother's heart, knew that this suffering had meaning. She had trust - trust in spite of everything - that the ancient promise was being fulfilled: "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel" (Gn 3:15). And her trust was vindicated when her dying Son addressed her: "Woman".

At that moment, standing beneath the Cross, could she expect that in a short time, in three days, God's promise would be fulfilled? This will remain forever a secret of her heart. We do know one thing, however: she, the first among all human beings, shared fully in the glory of her Risen Son. She -- as we believe and profess -- was assumed body and soul into heaven in order to experience union in glory, to rejoice at her Son's side in the fruits of Divine Mercy and to obtain them for those who seek refuge in her.

3. The mysterious bond of love. How splendidly is it expressed in this place. History relates that at the beginning of the seventeenth century Mikolaj Zebrzydowski, the founder of the Shrine, laid the foundations for the chapel of Golgotha, which was to be built on the model of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. He thus wished, above all else, to bring nearer to himself and to others the mystery of Christ's passion and death. Later, however, when he planned the building of the paths of the Lord's Passion, from the Upper Room to Christ's Tomb, guided by devotion to Mary and divine inspiration, he wished to place along that path a series of chapels commemorating events in the life of Mary. And thus other paths sprang up, together with a new religious practice, one which in a certain sense would complement the Way of the Cross: the celebration of the so-called Way of the Compassion of the Mother of God. For four centuries, ever new generations of pilgrims have walked here in the footsteps of the Redeemer and of his Mother, drawing abundantly from that love which resisted suffering and death, and found its crowning in the glory of heaven.

During those centuries, the pilgrims were faithfully accompanied by the Franciscan Fathers, known as "Bernardines", who were charged with the spiritual life of the Shrine of Kalwaria. Today I wish to express to them my gratitude for their particular love for Christ who suffered and his Mother who co-suffered: a particular love which with fervent devotion they pour into the hearts of pilgrims. Dear Bernardine Fathers and Brothers, may God in his goodness bless you in this ministry, now and in the future!

4. In 1641 the Shrine of Kalwaria was enriched by a particular gift. Providence guided here the steps of Stanislaw Paszkowski of Brzezie, who wished to entrust to the custody of the Bernardine Fathers the image of the Most Holy Mother, which had already become famous for its graces when it was located in his house chapel. From that time on, and particularly after the day in 1887 when, with the approval of Pope Leo XIII, it was crowned by the Bishop of Krakow, Albin Sas Dunajewski, pilgrims have concluded their pilgrimage in her sight. At the beginning the pilgrims came here from all parts of Poland, but also from Lithuania, Rus', Slovakia, Bohemia, Hungary, Moravia, and Germany. The natives of Silesia were especially devoted to her; it was they who offered the crown to Jesus and, from the day of the crowning until the present, they have taken part each year in the procession on the day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

How important was this place for a Poland divided by the partitions! Bishop Dunajewski eloquently expressed this when, at the crowning, he prayed: "On this day Mary was assumed into heaven and crowned there. At every anniversary of this day, all the Saints place their crowns at the foot of their Queen; today the Polish people also bring crowns of gold, that by the hands of their Bishop they may be placed on the head of Mary in this miraculous image. Reward us for this, O Mother, that we may be one among ourselves and one with you." This was his prayer for the unification of a divided Poland. Today, when Poland has become a territorial and national unity, his words have lost none of their timeliness; indeed they take on new meaning. We need to repeat them today, asking Mary to obtain for us unity of faith, unity of mind and spirit, unity in families and unity in society. For this I join you today in praying: Grant, O Mother of Calvary, "that we may be one among ourselves and one with you."

5. "Turn, then, most gracious Advocate,

Thine eyes of mercy towards us,

and, after this our exile, show unto us

the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!"

Lady of graces, look upon this people

which for centuries has remained faithful to you and to your Son.

Look upon this nation,

which has always placed its hope in your maternal love.

Turn your eyes of mercy towards us,

obtain what your children most need.

Open the hearts of the prosperous to the needs of the poor and the suffering.

Enable the unemployed to find an employer.

Help those who are poverty-stricken to find a home.

Grant families the love which makes it possible to surmount all difficulties.

Show young people a way and a horizon for the future.

Cover children with the mantle of your protection,

lest they be scandalized.

Confirm religious communities with the grace of faith, hope and love.

Grant that priests may follow in the footsteps of your Son by offering their lives each day for the sheep.

Obtain for Bishops the light of the Holy Spirit, so that they may guide this Church to the gates of your Son's Kingdom by a single, straight path.

Most Holy Mother, Our Lady of Calvary,

obtain also for me strength in body and spirit,

that I may carry out to the end the mission given me by the Risen Lord.

To you I give back all the fruits of my life and my ministry;

to you I entrust the future of the Church;

to you I offer my nation;

in you do I trust and once more to you I declare:

Totus Tuus, Maria!

Totus Tuus. Amen.

From L’Osservatore Romano

From L’Osservatore Romano August 7/14, 2002

On Sunday, August 4, before the Angelus, the Holy Father began with a reflection on the main features of the 17th World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada. He said the Beatitudes are the magna charta of those who want to introduce into the world a new civilization. The young people understood this and set out from Canada, determined to place their trust in Christ, because they know that he "has the words of eternal life." He asked that Mary, Mother of the Church, accompany the young people of the whole world on their spiritual and ecclesial journey. Addressing the pilgrims from many countries, he said, "May the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom we invoke with the prayer of the Angelus Domini, help us to respond ever more faithfully to the call to holiness that Christ directs to every Christian."

The Holy Father celebrated the Mass of Canonization of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin July 31 in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. In his homily he spoke of his closeness to and support of the legitimate aspirations of the indigenous peoples, of the incultured evangelization as a model for us, and of his hope for a more missionary Church in Mexico. He said that Juan Diego brought together the indigenous and the Spanish worlds. "In accepting the Christian message without forgoing his indigenous identity, Juan Diego discovered the profound truth of the new humanity, in which all are called to be children of God. Thus he facilitated the fruitful meeting of two worlds and became the catalyst for the new Mexican identity, closely united to Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose mestizo face expressed her spiritual motherhood which embraces all Mexicans."

From L’Osservatore Romano July 31, 2002

In Toronto on July 28 the Pope celebrated the concluding Mass of the World Youth Day with several hundred Cardinals and Bishops, a thousand priests and 400,000 young persons. The theme of the Mass was Christ’s call for his disciples to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. He asked the young people to make a definite choice to follow Christ the light and avoid the darkness of the world’s false promises of happiness. "Following Jesus, you have to change and improve the ‘taste’ of human history," the Holy Father said. He asked Christ to make the young people "the new people of the Beatitudes, that they may be the salt of the earth and the light of the world at the beginning of the Third Christian Millennium!" He prayed that "Mary, Mother of the Church, protect and guide these young men and women of the Twenty-first Century" and that she keep us all close to her maternal heart.

At the end of the Mass on July 28 the Holy Father announced that the World Youth Day of 2005 will take place in Cologne, Germany. He said, "In the great Cathedral in Cologne are honoured the relics of the Magi, the Wise Men from the East who followed the star which led them to Christ. As pilgrims, your spiritual journey to Cologne starts today. Christ awaits you there for the twentieth World Youth Day! May the Virgin Mary, our Mother on our pilgrimage of faith, be with you on the way."

On July 30, in Guatemala City, the Holy Father canonized Pedro de San Jose de Betancur during a Mass celebrated at the racetrack, and gave the homily on the present day importance of the life and message of the new Saint. Pedro founded a religious order of men to carry on his work of mercy and his example led to the founding of a religious order of women. The Saint is a concrete model of the practice of prayer, confidence in Providence, devotion to Our Lady and dedication to the poorest and most abandoned among the indigenous peoples. The Holy Father said "I would like to end by recalling how devotion to the Blessed Virgin always accompanied Brother Pedro in his life of devotion and mercy. May she guide us too, so that enlightened by the example of the ‘man who was charity’, we may reach her Son, Jesus. Amen."

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