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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the Lenten Feast in the company of Mary See:

Let us not forget the Feast of St. Joseph 

In preparation of March 25, use the following:

Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.  We also list important Marian dates for each month of the year.  Please see Marian Commemoration Days for the month of March.

Rosary Markings

Rosary Markings is an answer to John Paul II's proclamation of "The Year of the Rosary" (2002-2003).  Rosary Markings will explore various facets of the rosary all through this anniversary year.  It will be updated frequently.  

See our recent addition from March 7.  Previous Reflections are listed on our Rosary Index.

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New Resources

We have revised FAQ #7, How do you pray the Rosary, adding material on the Luminous Mysteries.

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  News from the Marian Library

New Exhibit

Native American Madonnas by Father Guiliani will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery from March 10 to May 5, 2003.  The Gallery is open from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm weekdays.  For more information, or to arrange for viewing at another time, call (937) 229-4214.

To see a virtual exhibit of this year's displays click into Current Exhibit.

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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 Spring 2003 - Fall 2003 is now available for view.  Courses for the Spring 2003 term will commence on March 3.

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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

NINEVEH 2003--Forty Days of Prayer and Fasting for Peace

Dan Lynch
Mar 4, 2003

Dear Friend of Peace,

We exhort you to join us and other Catholics, Christians, Jews, Muslims and people of good will to form A GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR PEACE called NINEVEH 2003. This will include 40 days of prayer and fasting for peace during Lent. We implore God's Mercy for peace in this world as we live under threats of war, violence, international terrorism and the destabilization of the family.

The prophet Jonah preached, "Forty days more and Nineveh (now Baghdad in Iraq) shall be destroyed." (Jonah 3:1-6). The people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. God relented and the city was not destroyed. Hopefully, God will respond to our movement of prayer and fasting for peace and there will be no destruction. Catholics are encouraged to pray the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily and attend Holy Mass and Adoration as often as possible.

Pope John Paul II named this year as the Year of the Rosary. He gave us the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary (click here, http://www.jkmi.com/luminousrosary.htm for more information) and asked us to pray the Rosary for world peace and for the stability of the family.

This reminds us of the Rosary Crusade for peace called for by Saint Pope Pius V in 1571. The faithful responded and prayed while the Muslim navy threatened to conquer Christendom at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7. The Christian Admiral, Andrea Doria, prayed for peace before an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Then a strong wind came upon the Muslim ships causing them to sail into and destroy one another. This gave the advantage to the Christian fleet and they won the battle and saved Europe from Muslim domination. This day is now remembered as the Feast of the Holy Rosary. In our day, Christians and Muslims should unite in prayer for peace.

We need a new Rosary Crusade now. Our Holy Father has led the charge in proclaiming this the Year of the Rosary. Let us follow him and pray and fast for peace like never before. The Rosary is the weapon sent from Heaven to destroy Satanís plan for world destruction. Prayer and fasting can stop wars and change the course of world events. Let us storm heaven with our prayers for world peace.

For more information and for downloadable PDF documents to help spread the word, click here: http://www.sign.org/showitem.phtml?featid=359

Thank you for responding to our call.

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


Made public today was Pope John Paul's Message to Msgr. Luigi Moretti, spiritual director of the National Italian Union for the Transport of the Sick to Lourdes and International Shrines, on the occasion of UNITALSI's national meeting in Rimini, Italy, to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The Message was dated February 26.

The Pope said it was "meaningful that this anniversary falls in the Year of the Rosary, given that the origins of UNITALSI are tied to the Marian Shrine of Lourdes. It was precisely in that place, blessed with Mary's presence, that your founder, Giovanni Battista Tornassi, found light and comfort. He had gone to the grotto at Massabielle with the intention of taking his life, following a physical and spiritual suffering that had wasted him away, but he was struck by the loving and disinterested work of the volunteers. He also had a clear awareness of his own vocation to serve those who suffer, a vocation that was supported and encouraged by the secretary of the bishop who led that pilgrimage, Father Angelo Roncalli, the future Pope John XXIII, today elevated to the honor of the altars."

The Holy Father expressed his appreciation to the UNITALSI volunteers, saying that, thanks to them, many people have gone to Lourdes and received from Mary "light and comfort" for their pain and trials. Urging them to persevere in their work, he asked them "to proceed with generosity, disinterest and a spirit of service. Learn from the school of the Gospel to be workers of peace, justice and mercy wherever the Lord calls you. Answer God's love, strong in the awareness that He loved you first." He also asked them to do everything in the spirit of charity, rooted in prayer and the sacraments.


The rector, staff, seminarians and "the entire spiritual family" of Our Lady of Trust Major Roman Seminary were welcomed to the Vatican's Paul VI Hall this evening by Pope John Paul who addressed them, after listening to an Oratory, inspired by the life and works of St. Faustina Kowalska and executed by the seminarians and diocesan choir. Traditionally the Pope's encounter with the Pontifical Major Roman Seminary takes place at the seminary itself, adjacent to St. John Lateran Basilica, on the feast of Our Lady of Trust, a mobile feast which occurs on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. The seminary was founded in 1565 and was first located at the Roman College, which was founded by St. Ignatius in 1551 and administered by the Jesuits until the Society of Jesus was suppressed in 1773. Later called the Roman Seminary, it was housed in several locations in Rome until it was definitively established near St. John Lateran. The current chapel-shrine bears the name of Our Lady of Trust who, according to seminary archives, became the patroness about 1837 on the occasion of a vow taken during a severe cholera epidemic. The Holy Father focused his message on "the well-known invocation 'Jesus, I trust in you!' This is a simple yet profound act of trust in and abandonment to God's love," that "can transform life. In the inevitable trials and difficulties of life, as in moments of joy and enthusiasm, entrusting oneself to the Lord infuses the soul with peace, induces us to recognize the primacy of the divine initiative and opens the spirit to humility and truth." "In the heart of Jesus," he remarked, "those anguished by life's sorrows find peace; those afflicted by suffering and illness find relief; those who feel constricted by uncertainty and anguish feel joy, because Christ's heart is filled to overflowing with consolation and love for those who turn to it with trust." John Paul II noted that Mary, when she told the servants at the wedding feast in Cana, "Do what He will tell you," was encouraging them to have trust in Christ. He added that Mary, "an extraordinary teacher of spiritual life," shared with Jesus "joys and worries, anxieties and sufferings, right up to the supreme sacrifice of the Cross, and then shared with Him the exaltation of the Resurrection, and in prayer with the Apostles in the Cenacle awaited the descent of the Holy Spirit." In lengthy off-the-cuff remarks to the seminarians, the Holy Father recalled his "clandestine" seminary days in Poland when, because of Nazi occupation, all seminaries in the country had been closed. Nonetheless, said the Pope, "Cardinal Sapieha, my bishop in Krakow, organized a clandestine seminary and I belonged to it, you might call it a seminary of the catacombs." The Pope told his audience that during the Oratory his thoughts returned to his past, and to St. Faustina because she lived in and is now buried near Krakow. He noted that Sr. Faustina is buried close to the chemical plant in Solvay where he worked as a young man during the four years of the war and Nazi occupation. "Never did I ever dream, as a worker that one day, as Bishop of Rome, I would be talking of that experience with Roman seminarians." John Paul II admitted he has never forgotten about those days as a worker/seminarian. He spoke of his eight-hour work shifts, the books he read on metaphysics and philosophy at work and the fact that his fellow workers not only "marvelled" at his reading, but tried to help him find quiet times and places for study. He said he was able to live those clandestine years because of trust in God and in His Mother.

COPYRIGHT: The news items contained in the Vatican Information Service may be used, in part or in their entirety, by quoting the source (V.I.S. - Vatican Information Service).

Tickets for Mother Teresa's Beatification Can Be Reserved Online
ROME, MARCH 2, 2003

Free tickets for the Oct. 19 beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta can be reserved over the Internet. The official page of Mother Teresa's cause of beatification offers information about the ceremony, in English, Spanish and Italian.

Given the large number of people expected for the event, the organizing committee advises that reservations be made as soon as possible through ordinary mail, fax or e-mail, following the instructions on the official page. The page includes application forms for tickets, which are free.

Another Call for Prayer and Fasting for World Peace
John Paul II's Address Prior to the Angelus

Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave today before reciting the midday Angelus with the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square.

1. Next Wednesday -- Ash Wednesday -- we will begin Lent, a time characterized by a more acute awareness of the need for conversion and renewal, during which the faithful are invited to look with greater intensity at Christ, who prepares himself to fulfill the supreme sacrifice of the cross. This year we will undertake the penitential journey toward Easter with a greater commitment to prayer and fasting for peace, challenged by the growing threat of war. I already announced this initiative last Sunday, whose purpose is to gather the faithful in fervent prayer to Christ, Prince of Peace. Peace, in fact, is a gift of God to be invoked with humble and insistent trust. Without surrendering before difficulties, it is also necessary to seek and go down every possible avenue to avoid war, which always brings mourning and grave consequences for all.

2. The liturgy of Ash Wednesday invites us to add fasting to prayer, a penitential practice that calls for a more profound spiritual effort of conversion, namely, of the heart, with the firm decision to detach oneself from evil and sin, to be better disposed to fulfill the will of God. With physical fasting, and even more so with interior fasting, the Christian prepares himself to follow Christ and to be his faithful witness in every circumstance. Fasting, moreover, helps us to understand better the difficulties and sufferings of so many of our brothers oppressed by hunger, poverty and war. In addition, it stimulates us to a concrete movement of solidarity and sharing with those who are in need.

3. Let us dispose ourselves, dear Brothers and Sisters, to participate intensely in the Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace, which we will observe next Wednesday. We will pray for peace in the world, in particular for Iraq and the Holy Land, especially through the recitation of the rosary, which will involve shrines and parishes, communities and families. This collective prayer will rise from very part of the earth through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy and Queen of Peace.

From LíOsservatore Romano

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