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Liturgical Season

In preparation for the liturgical celebrations of Advent, of the Immaculate Conception and of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.

In his Apostolic Letter on the Rosary (Rosarium Virginis Mariae) John Paul II expresses the desire "that during the course of this year the Rosary should be especially emphasized and promoted in the various Christian Communities.  I therefore proclaim the year  from October 2002 to October 2003, 'The Year of the Rosary'." (RVM,3).  Resonating with the Pope's wish, The Mary Page introduces a new feature called Rosary Markings.  The purpose of this feature is to broaden our understanding and to deepen our love for the rosary, mindful that "to recite the  Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ" (RVM,3).  Rosary Markings will explore various facets of the rosary, namely its history, theology and spirituality.  This seems to be a worthwhile endeavor since "the Rosary, reclaimed in its full meaning, goes to the very heart of Christian life; it offers a familiar yet fruitful spiritual and educational opportunity for personal contemplation, the formation of the People of God, and the new Evangelization." (idem). 

Rosary Markings will be updated frequently.  Our most recent additions are from November 28 and December 5.

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New Resources

We have revised our Marian Stamps from the United States and an illustrated feature on The Flight to Egypt under Resources.  We have also completed our illustrated explanation of The Litanies of Loreto, revised our listing of Marian Prayers of John Paul II, and added a prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii under Prayers.

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  News from the Marian Library

Crèche Exhibits '02 -Times and Dates

Marian Library 229-4214
7th Floor, Roesch Library
University of Dayton
November 25 - January 6
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Approximately 50 sets

Bergamo Center/St. John Gallery 320-5405
4400 Shakertown Road
November 27 - January 5
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, noon - 4 pm
30 sets

Dayton Art Institute 223-5277
456 Belmonte Park N
November 25 - January 6
Daily, 10 am - 5 pm including Christmas day, extended hours to 9 pm on Thursday
30 sets

St. Peter in Chains Cathedral 513-421-5354
325 W. 8th St.
Cincinnati, OH
December 1- January 5
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday, 12:30 - 5:00 (Except Dec. 1, hours are 12:30 - 2:30)
Or by special arrangement for groups
Approximately 30 sets

John Paul II Cultural Center 202-635-5400
3900 Harewood Road, NE
Washington, D.C.
November 15 - January 17
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, noon - 5 pm (closed Mondays)
Approximately 30 sets

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Major Exhibit Coming Next Year

A rare collection of art from the Vatican will be coming to UD during its short tour.  "The Mother of God: Art Celebrates Mary" will arrive in Sept. 2003 for a two month stay in the Roesch Library first-floor gallery and seventh-floor Marian Library Gallery.  The multicultural exhibition includes pieces dating from the fourth century to the 20th century.

The works include a variety of mediums such as oil on canvas and copper; tempera; gold on panel-carved sections of sarcophagi in marble; and statuary in wood, bronze, ivory, lead and soapstone.  The artists are from several different ethnic backgrounds.  Cultures of Africa, China, Korea, Greece, Central Europe, Russia, Brazil, and the Solomon Islands are represented.  The 38-piece collection is housed in the Vatican Museums, although many of the pieces are in areas only accessible to scholars for study.

Aside from an extended stay at the John Paul II cultural center in Washington, D.C., the exhibit has rarely been seen by the public.  The cost of transporting, insuring, and securing the art will be provided through private donations.

The works are put into six categories: Eve and Mary, The Incarnation, The Theotokos (Mother of God), Images of Prayer, Mary in Cultures Around the World, and Walking with Mary in the Third Millennium.  The sections are introduced by writings from Pope John Paul II.

The exhibition puts emphasis on the mission of the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, which is serving as the host.  It will be the second exhibit in a biennial series of international art here at UD.

Source: "Rare Vatican art to make its way to campus" by Meghan Roberts, published on p. 7 in Flyer News for September 27, 2002.

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

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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.  Courses for the Fall 2002 term completed on November 15.

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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

Babsie Bleasdell will conduct a conference entitled "Healing of the Soul" on December 6-8 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in North Jackson, Ohio.  All are encouraged to attend.  The fee is $35 for the Saturday conference with meals included.  There is no charge Friday or Sunday; but a free will offering will be taken.  Meals can be purchased at the shrine on Friday and Sunday.  For further information call (330) 538-3351.

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


Franciscans Pray for Mexican Border Victims

OCEANSIDE, California, DEC. 3, 2002 (Zenit.org)

Some 50 Franciscan friars gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border to remember in prayer the more than 2,000 Mexican migrants who have died trying to cross the frontier.

The service Monday invoked the "posada" tradition, recalling Mary's and Joseph's seeking hospitality in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Friars representing 18 countries called on the U.S. government to end Operation Gatekeeper, which they said forces migrants to cross in the most dangerous sections of the border through the desert and mountainous terrain, the Misna agency reported.

Knights of Columbus Present $1.6 Million Donation to Pope

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, DEC. 3, 2002 (Zenit.org)

John Paul II has received a donation of $1.6 million from the Knights of Columbus.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson recently went to Rome, where he presented to the Pope a check for $1.6 million, the annual earnings on the $20 million Vicarius Christi Fund. This year's proceeds carry the total income of the fund to over $34 million since its inception in 1981.

"We pray that the Pope will see in our gift our solidarity with him in meeting the many demands of his charity, for whatever purpose," Anderson said.

A resolution from the Knights thanked the Pope for the publication of his apostolic letter on the rosary earlier this year. The Knights are "already responding to the Pope's declaration of a 'Year of the Rosary,'"

Anderson said.

He said that the Knights would soon begin distributing rosary prayer cards including the new luminous mysteries announced in the apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae."

From L’Osservatore Romano

From L’Osservatore Romano November 20, 2002

On November 17, before the Angelus, the Holy Father spoke about the Day of Migrants being observed in Italy. He asked that migrants not be seen as competitors because they are different due to language, nationality and culture. He said it is important that the spirit of welcome be present everywhere, translated in social behavior of care, especially for the needy. He said, "Mary, the Virgin of welcome, is the figure and model of the Church, who must be a welcoming home for all persons and peoples. To assume our humanity, God willed to knock at the heart of Our Lady, receiving a ‘yes’ full of faith and love."

In his message to the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mariannhill, published October 29, the Holy Father asked the members to be faithful to the richness of the founding charism in an increasingly globalized world which in many ways is troubled by a "crisis of meaning" and by "ambiguous thinking." He said, "May the Blessed Virgin Mary, your patroness, the one who presented Christ as the Light of the Nations, continue to be your guide in all your missionary endeavours. May her mother, Ann, to whom you have been devoted from the beginning....protect and encourage you on your journey to holiness."

At the General Audience on November 13, the Holy Father commented on Psalm 86(87) which sings of Jerusalem, the city of peace and the spiritual home of the nations. He said Christian tradition sees in this Psalm a description of the new Jerusalem, the holy city coming down from heaven. The Church Fathers have also read the Psalm in the light of Mary, "the living Zion" who gave birth to the Incarnate Word and is thus the mother of all the redeemed. "May God’s children everywhere always turn to the Blessed Virgin intrusting hope as they journey to their true home, the heavenly Jerusalem."

From L’Osservatore Romano November 13, 2002

On November 10, observed in Italy as Thanksgiving Day, the Pope prefaced the Angelus with a reminder to all believers to use the goods of the earth responsibly. He noted that the United Nations declared 2002 the "Year of the Mountain" and said mountains are the patrimony of all and must be respected, loved and carefully protected by all. He said, "How many times, when walking along mountain paths, we come across little churches and shrines dedicated to Mary. From on high, the Virgin Mother watches silently over her children. Sunday’s gospel (Mt 25, 1-13) suggests to us that we recognize in her the ‘Wise Virgin,’ the model of the Church attentively awaiting the glorious return of Christ. We now invoke her with confidence, so that she may help us to be wise stewards of the riches and resources of nature."

The Holy Father handed his address on the theme of the Chapter to the newly confirmed Superior General of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, Sr. Antonia Colombo, on November 8, to be shared with the members of the General Chapter and the Major Rector Fr. Chavez Villanueva during their audience. He urged them to continue to accept the teachings of the Founders and keep intact the spirit of Don Bosco and Maria Mazzarello. He told them, "You, as are all men and women religious, are called to live wholeheartedly the radical choice of the Beatitudes, learning at the school of Jesus to listen and put into practice the demanding Word of God as Mary did." He then said, "May the Blessed Virgin Mary whom you venerate with the lovely name of Help of Christians, protect and help you and be the sure guide in the course of your religious family, so that you may realize all your plans for the good of souls."

The Holy Father presided October 29 at the Seventh Public Session of the Pontifical Academies, on the theme Mary ‘radiant dawn and sure guide’ of the new evangelization. He said that what is important is the theological, cultural, and spiritual commitment of everyone, starting with the academicians of the Pontifical International Marian Academy and the Pontifical Academy of (Mary) Immaculate, who reflect on the person of the Virgin Mary to know her in a much deeper way. This also supposes an interdisciplinary research that develops Mariological reflection, investigating new sources in addition to the traditional ones, to draw from them further starting points for theological research. He said, "For example, I can think of the saints and their personal experience, and of Christian art, which has always found in Mary a preferred subject, and of popular piety that in affirming the ‘affective’ dimension, has left us an important witness to Mary’s mission in the life of the Church." He spelled out the need to turn to Mary in order to know Christ better.

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Mary in the Secular Press

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.

Woman ticketed for rosary has day but no say in court

By: John Kass – Chicago Tribune, published December 5, 2002

Stepping lightly in her blue cloth coat, short red hair shining, the petite suburban Irish Catholic woman was properly dressed for court, ready to be judged for the terrible crime of having a rosary dangling from the mirror of her car.

"See? I've got it, and I'm not letting go," Catherine "Kit" Morris told me Wednesday, drawing her tiny fist out of her pocket, the fingers gripping it tightly, knuckles whitening. "I'm so nervous. I think I'm going to pass out. Look at it. Is this an illegal object? Will they dare fine me $75 for a rosary?"

It was her light blue rosary with the white cross, the one her children made for her long ago, the rosary that a Westmont police officer deemed was illegal, before giving her a $75 ticket for obstructing the windshield. I told you about it in Wednesday's column, and about Morris, 55, a widow who works two jobs, as a bakery clerk at her local Jewel and as a hostess at the Country House restaurant.

In the parking lot of DuPage County Traffic Court in Downers Grove, there were rosaries dangling from the mirrors of other cars, handicapped parking passes, air fresheners. Others had the I-PASS doohickey on the windshield--it looks like a garage door opener, allowing the driver to cruise through tollway gates. And there were vehicle stickers on every car.

All these invaded that secular sacred space between the driver and the windshield, which is technically against the state law, depending, of course, on which bureaucrat you talk to.

But only Morris had a ticket. Many of you called the paper Wednesday, angry about the Case of the Criminal Rosary, and wondering why the state allows some obstructions, like city vehicle stickers and the I-PASS doohickey, while giving a widow a problem about her rosary.

Allow me to explain. A rosary is for prayer. The stickers and I-PASS doohickeys are about your money. Tollway officials, after much consultation with lawyers, determined Wednesday that the rosary issue wasn't their issue, but the I-PASS doohickey is definitely within the law.

"It comes down to the fact that the I-PASS unit does not `materially' obstruct a driver's

view," said Joelle McGinnis, spokeswoman for the tollway folks. That word "materially," in the law, is a lawyer's word, allowing wiggle room. The I-PASS device and your vehicle sticker don't "materially" block your view because they say so.

Neither does a rosary because Kit Morris says so. The courtroom--actually a converted American Legion post meeting hall--was packed with traffic violators, anxious moms trying to hush fidgety toddlers, cops and others there to see the show, including her friends, readers and a few other reporters. Judge Eugene Wojcik, a large fellow with a gray beard, in a black robe, wire-framed glasses perched on the end of his nose, took his seat. He didn't seem enthused as the clerk called Morris' name.

"What do I say?" she asked as she walked toward the bench. "Will the judge let me address him? A rosary is illegal? How ridiculous is that?" Here's how ridiculous: A DuPage County assistant state's attorney quietly mumbled something to the judge, then dropped the charges with a quick whisper. "Case dismissed," Wojcik said.

"Your Honor, I have something to say," Morris said. Wojcik wasn't interested. Since she received a stupid ticket and lost a day's pay, she figured they'd give her the opportunity to give them all a piece of her mind. She was wrong. They didn't want to hear it. They wanted her to go away.

"You can go," Wojcik said. "Your case is dismissed." "But Judge ..." she said. "I'd like to say something. ... Judge?" "Listen. The case is dismissed," Wojcik said. "And that's as good as it gets."

Outside the courtroom, the prosecutor offered a terse statement. After a review of the facts, they decided to drop the case. I asked a few rude, annoying questions, including "What facts?" and "Why?" But the prosecutor said she wouldn't elaborate, nor would she question the anti-rosary enthusiasms of Westmont Police Officer Charles Cordero.

Westmont is a nice town. Not all the cops there are anti-rosary. But the Police Department cost her a day's pay, and worse, the ticket caused her to think about removing the rosary from her mirror. Mayor Bill Rahn didn't have the decency to say, "We're sorry."

"I would have liked to have been able to tell them a few things," Morris said as we left. "It's a rosary, for protection. My children made it for me."

She asked me to thank all of you for your support, for your many offers to pay her fine, and to the lawyers among you who offered to represent her for free. And then she thanked you again, most properly, not by words, but by a deed, as she got into her car.

She took the light blue rosary from her hand. She hung it on her rearview mirror, defiantly, right where it belonged, then waved, as she drove away.

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