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

Liturgical Season

In preparation for the month of July, use the following:

Marian Commemoration Days

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 July.

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 July 7.  Previous Reflections are listed on our Rosary Index.

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New Resources

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has been added to our Resources index.  The latest added was Mexico.  Expect more countries to follow.

A section on Marian Spiritualities has also been added to our Resources index.  The latest additions were papers on the spirituality of the Carmelite, Dominican and Servite orders.  Expect more articles to follow.

We have added the latest edition of our Newsletter to our Publications index and updated the list of recent donors under Development.

We have also updated our answer to a reader's question: What is the origin of the title of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart? as well as the Letter of Pope Paul VI to Cardinal Suenen's on The Holy Spirit and Mary.

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  News from the Marian Library

New Course Will Be Offered!

The International Marian Research Institute would like to call your attention to a new course which will be offered from July 28 - August 1, 2003, Mary and the Internet. This course will provide an introduction to the history and nature of the Internet and web design.  Catholic teaching on the mass media, in general, and on the Internet, in particular, will also be discussed.  Numerous web sites with Marian themes from around the world will be shown and critiqued with regard to content and design. The instructors will be Mr. Michael P. Duricy, Sr. Danielle Peters, and Alejandro Cañadas. We encourage anyone interested in this fascinating, cutting-edge topic to attend. For more information, consult the course syllabus.

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New Exhibit!

Rosaries of the World will be on display in the Marian Library Gallery from June 20 to August 1, 2003.  The Gallery is open 8:30 am - 4:30 pm weekdays.  For more information, or to arrange for viewing at another time, call (937) 229-4214.  Crèches are also on display in our museum through Nov. 2003.

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Major Exhibit Coming Soon

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute invites you to visit The Mother of God: Art Celebrates Mary, thirty-eight paintings and sculptures from the permanent collection of The Vatican Museums, spanning seventeen centuries of Christian art and reflecting cultures worldwide.

September 4 - November 10, 2003

Roesch and Marian Library Galleries in Roesch Library on the University of Dayton Campus.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Free Admission -- Parking Available

For tours and information call: (937) 229-4254 or email: VaticanExhibit@notes.udayton.edu.
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 Summer started on June 16.

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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

FREE 2ND ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE CULTURE OF LIFE AND THE CIVILIZATION OF LOVE

in Buffalo's downtown LaSalle Park on the beautiful Niagara River

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 (starting at Noon EST and ending around 5:00 p.m. with Benediction)

Tel. No. 1-866-205-6512

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

POPE VISITS OUR LADY OF TRSAT, THE "CROATIAN NAZARETH"

VATICAN CITY, JUN 8, 2003 (VIS)

At the end of Mass in Rijeka's Delta Square, which takes its name from the delta of the Rifecina River, Pope John Paul recited the Regina Coeli with the faithful who had gathered there for the Eucharistic celebration of Pentecost Sunday.

At 7 p.m. John Paul II visited the shrine of Our Lady of Trsat, Queen of the Adriatic, also known as the "Croatian Nazareth." Administered by the Order of Friars Minor, the shrine was erected in the 15th century on the site where, according to tradition, the Holy House of Nazareth arrived miraculously in 1291 and remained until 1294 when it was transported to Loreto, Italy.

Prince Nikola I of Krk had a chapel erected on the spot on Trsat, 135 meters above sea level, where the Holy House had been for three years, and this soon became the focal point of pilgrimages. In 1367, as compensation to Croatian pilgrims for the shrine's transfer to Loreto, Pope Urban V donated to them the miraculous effigy of the Mother of God, also known as Mother of Mercy, protector of seamen. The shrine, rebuilt many times over the years, is reached via a flight of 561 steps. Two of the shrine's focal points are the chapel of votive gifts built in 1966 and, in the monastery cloister, a series of 32 paintings depicting the life of Mary.

During his visit, the Pope, in off-the-cuff remarks, announced that he had donated a gold rosary to the shrine and said: "As a vow to Our Lady of Trsat, in the name of the communion lived during (the recitation of) the Rosary, pray for me during my life and after my death."

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LEARN FROM MARY TO BE CREDIBLE WITNESSES, GENEROUS APOSTLES

VATICAN CITY, JUN 9, 2003 (VIS)

The Pope celebrated Mass in private at 7:30 a.m. at the archdiocesan seminary in Rijeka and later went to the airport where at 10 a.m. his plane left for Zadar, the last destination on his apostolic trip to Croatia.

John Paul II presided at the Liturgy of the Word, "the day after the Solemnity of Pentecost, the day on which Croats celebrates the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. ... As on the day of Pentecost, the Blessed Virgin has remained spiritually in the midst of the Christian faithful down the centuries, invoking the constant outpouring of the Spirit's gifts upon the Church as she faces the challenges which arise in different periods of her history. In this way Mary carries out in its fullness her mission as Mother."

"The Virgin Mary," he continued, "gathering around herself the Apostles and the disciples who were tempted to disperse, commended them to the 'fire' of the Spirit who would launch them on the adventure of mission. ... As a witness to the origins of the Church and the guarantor of the fidelity of Christians in every generation, Mary repeats in every age the words she spoke at the wedding feast of Cana: 'Do whatever he tells you'."

The Holy Father indicated that "Mary's words and example represent a sublime school of life, at which apostles are formed. Apostles in the past and apostles today. ... It pleases me to know that this archdiocese has witnessed in recent years the growth and expansion of different forms of lay engagement and apostolate. Dear brothers and sisters, learn from Mary how to be credible witnesses and generous apostles, as you make your own contribution to the great enterprise of the new evangelization. And never forget that a genuine apostolate demands, as a prior condition, a personal encounter with Jesus, the Living One, the Lord."

"Mary Most Holy remains a model for all who hear the word of God and put it into practice." He concluded: "Let us too draw near to her, and learn to imitate her docility and openness to God. Let us too, the pilgrims of the third millennium, commend ourselves to her intercession, so that by her prayers she may sustain our faith, nourish our hope and make fruitful our charity."

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From Zenit

"I Am Sure the Future Will Be Better," Pope Tells Croatia At Farewell Meeting in Zadar

ZADAR, Croatia, JUNE 9, 2003 (Zenit.org)

In this historic Dalmatian city, the Pope received a multicolored farewell. He highlighted the role of the Blessed Virgin.

The Pontiff encouraged "the growth and expansion of different forms of lay engagement and apostolate. … Learn from Mary how to be credible witnesses and generous apostles, as you make your own contribution to the great enterprise of the new evangelization."

"And never forget that a genuine apostolate demands, as a prior condition, a personal encounter with Jesus, the Living One, the Lord," he added.

"Mary Most Holy remains a model for all who hear the word of God and put it into practice," the Holy Father emphasized. "The poor and the humble in every age were not mistaken when they made Mary in silence their Advocate and Mary in service their Queen."

He ended with a prayer, asking Mary to "help us ever to bear witness to the fruitfulness of love and the authentic meaning of life; teach us to build with you the Kingdom of your Son, the Kingdom of justice, love and peace."

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Pope Requests Prayers, Now and After His Death

ZADAR, Croatia, JUNE 9, 2003 (Zenit.org)

At the end of his third trip to Croatia, John Paul II again requested that prayer be offered for him during his life and after his death.

The Pope made this request when he visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat, in Rijeka, where, according to tradition, the House of Nazareth was kept from 1291 to 1294, before being transported to Loreto, Italy.

"In name of the communion lived during this rosary, pray for me during my life and after my death," the Pope asked his listeners, the majority of whom were Franciscan men and women religious, who look after the shrine.

John Paul II made this same request in August 2002 at Poland's Marian Shrine of Kalwaria.

John Paul II's Farewell to Croatia

"Learn From Mary How to Be Generous Apostles"

ZADAR, Croatia, JUNE 9, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Here is the homily John Paul II delivered today in the Forum of Zadar, during the celebration of a Liturgy of the Word, at the conclusion of his third apostolic visit to Croatia.

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1. As my Apostolic Journey to Croatia draws to an end, I am happy to join you, the faithful of the Archdiocese of Zadar and neighboring areas, here in Forum Square, in the shadow of the Cathedral of Saint Anastasia, the martyr from Sirmio. We are gathered here to celebrate Midday Prayer, the hour of Sext. …

2. Our liturgical assembly takes place on the day after the Solemnity of Pentecost, the day on which Croatians celebrate the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. The reading we have just heard portrays Mary in the Cenacle, surrounded by the early community. The small group, gathered in "the upper room" of the house (Acts 1:13), prays and waits. With the coming of the Holy Spirit the doors of the room will burst open and enable the Gospel proclamation to go out to the streets of Jerusalem, and then to set forth on the paths of the world.

As on the day of Pentecost, the Blessed Virgin has remained spiritually in the midst of the Christian faithful down the centuries, invoking the constant outpouring of the Spirit's gifts upon the Church as she faces the challenges which arise in different periods of her history.

In this way Mary carries out in its fullness her mission as Mother: she is Mother not only because she gave birth to and nurtured the Son of God; she is also Mother because she is "the Virgin who has become the Church," as Saint Francis of Assisi loved to call her (cf. Fontes Francescani, 259). Francis too passed through Zadar at the beginning of the thirteenth century, during his journey to the East and the Holy Land.

3. The Virgin Mary, gathering around herself the Apostles and the disciples who were tempted to disperse, commended them to the "fire" of the Spirit who would launch them on the adventure of mission. The "sensus fidei" of the Christian People would recognize Mary's active presence not only in the earliest community, but also throughout the Church's history. For this reason the Church has not hesitated to grant her the title of "Queen of the Apostles."

The Most Holy Virgin, who, in the words of the Evangelist Luke, "kept all these things, pondering them in her heart" (2:19), continues to set before the memory of believers the historical events which are the foundation of their faith. As a witness to the origins of the Church and the guarantor of the fidelity of Christians in every generation, Mary repeats in every age the words she spoke at the wedding feast of Cana: "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5).

4. Mary's words and example represent a sublime school of life, at which apostles are formed, apostles in the past and apostles today. Mary continues to prepare them for mission by her assiduous prayer to the Father, by her closeness to her Son, and by her openness to the promptings of the Spirit.

It pleases me to know that this Archdiocese has witnessed in recent years the growth and expansion of different forms of lay engagement and apostolate. Dear brothers and sisters, learn from Mary how to be credible witnesses and generous apostles, as you make your own contribution to the great enterprise of the new evangelization. And never forget that a genuine apostolate demands, as a prior condition, a personal encounter with Jesus, the Living One, the Lord (cf. Rev 1:17-18).

5. Mary Most Holy remains a model for all who hear the word of God and put it into practice (cf. Lk 8:21). How then could there not be a profound spiritual understanding between all believers and the Virgin of the Magnificat? The poor and the humble in every age were not mistaken when they made Mary in silence their Advocate and Mary in service their Queen.

Let us too draw near to her and learn to imitate her docility and openness to God. Let us too, the pilgrims of the third millennium, commend ourselves to her intercession, so that by her prayers she may sustain our faith, nourish our hope and make fruitful our charity:

Holy Mary, Mother of God and our own Mother,
look upon all your children
and come to our aid.

Guide us to Christ, the Way, and the Truth, and the Life;
from the Father implore for us the gifts of the Spirit,
protection from every snare, and freedom from all evil.

Help us ever to bear witness
to the fruitfulness of love and the authentic meaning of life;
teach us to build with you the Kingdom of your Son,
the Kingdom of justice, love and peace.

[Original text: Croatian. Translation issued by the Vatican press office]

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Father Benedict Groeschel on the Rosary

Says New Mysteries Will Encourage Reading of Gospels

NEW YORK, JUNE 10, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Inspired by John Paul II's declaration of the Year of the Rosary, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, Father Benedict Groeschel, has written a book of meditations on all 20 mysteries of the rosary.

Father Groeschel, director of the office of spiritual development for the Archdiocese of New York, recently spoke with ZENIT about "The Rosary: Chain of Hope" (Ignatius), which was written during his personal recitations of the rosary.

Q: What have the five new luminous mysteries added to the spirituality of the rosary?

Father Groeschel: Marvelous things, because the rosary did not have any meditations on the public life of Christ. It goes from his childhood to his Passion, so all of his teachings, the beginning of the sacraments, the institution of the Eucharist were missing. I don't think this was done on purpose. They wanted to keep the number of Hail Marys to 150 because that was the number of the Psalms. I think it was a wonderful expansion to include the meditations and teachings of Christ.

Q: How will the luminous mysteries benefit the spirituality of the Church?

Father Groeschel: It makes people more aware of the content of the Gospel. Protestants have often complained, with some justification, that Catholics don't know enough about the public life of Christ -- "they only concentrate on the nativity and the passion." Now we're getting people to read the New Testament.

I'm very convinced that in order to have the needed reform in the Church, we need to have people reading the Gospels. These luminous mysteries will encourage people to read the Gospels, and at the same time, if they are reading the Gospels, it will encourage them to meditate and pray on the life and teachings of Christ.

Q: How can individual believers use your book in a practical way?

Father Groeschel: It is a guide for meditation. The rosary is a way to teach people how to do meditative and intercessory prayer.

Psychologically, the rosary gives us a sort of a spiritual place. In the noise and confusion of life, you can put yourself into this spiritual rose garden. That's what the word rosary means -- a chain of roses. It's a rose garden in the midst of the city.

Q: Why do you consider the rosary to be a "chain of hope"?

Father Groeschel: We live in very difficult times in the Church -- with scandal, confusion and false teaching. And we live in difficult economic times. The poor of the world are desperate, and the wealthy nations are bored to death and cynical.

There's not a lot of hope in people. And ultimately, our real hope is our salvation through Christ. Our hope in Christ is our happiness.

Q: Why is the Year of the Rosary important to the Church?

Father Groeschel: What the Pope is doing with the Year of the Rosary and the encyclical on the Eucharist is bringing real, solid devotion back into the Church.

This great man of great genius is also a man of simple devotion, like Cardinal Newman, who was a genius, but was a man of great devotion. He was personally, spiritually, psychologically involved, not just dryly thinking. How many of the scholars have no devotion?

That is not the new evangelization. The new evangelization is meeting people where they are. And people are desperate to have the joy and hope in their lives that devotion brings.

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Rosaries by the Millions for World Peace

GUATEMALA CITY, JUNE 22, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Catholics in Guatemala have prayed 3.7 million rosaries since the start of a prayer campaign for world peace last March, officials say.

A lay group promoting the initiative has already run out of sign-up forms for people who want to volunteer to pray the rosary.

On May 18, John Paul II's birthday, a 15-kilo box of signed forms were sent to the Vatican as an indication of the 2.7 million rosaries that had been prayed. That number has risen by 1 million -- and is still climbing, say organizers.

Regnum Mariae, the organization that is promoting the initiative, is dedicated to spreading devotion to Mary, following the spirituality of St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort.

The campaign, which includes the distribution of a guide to pray the rosary, sent the signed forms to the Pope in response to his appeal for prayer for peace, especially in the Middle East.

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Papal Address Before Recitation of the Angelus in Banja Luka

At the Close of Mass of Beatification

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia, JUNE 22, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Here is a translation of the address John Paul II delivered today at the conclusion of the Mass of beatification of Ivan Merz, before the Pope prayed the Angelus with the faithful.

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1. An important source of strength in the life of Blessed Ivan Merz was, along with the Eucharist, his tender devotion to the Mother of the Lord.

At the conclusion of this liturgy, we too lift our eyes to the Virgin Mary and we join the whole Church in repeating the greeting of the Archangel Gabriel and in contemplating the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. We ask Mary to help us "to contemplate the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love" ("Rosarium Virginis Mariae," 1).

2. … Dear friends, may the intercession of the Mother of the Lord and of Blessed Ivan obtain for you an abundance of divine graces.

I cordially greet the faithful from Croatia, who are honored to have given the Church a new Blessed. May his example guide you along the paths of the Lord! With my Blessing [...]

3. To the Mother of the Lord I entrust my prayer for all of you and my heartfelt gratitude for the cordial welcome you have given me.

And one final prayer: by her powerful intercession, may the Virgin Mary obtain for you from her Son Jesus, the grace of preserving the integrity of your faith, the firmness of your hope and, at all times, the fervor of your charity.

[Original text: Croatian. Translation issued by Vatican press office]

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From L’Osservatore Romano

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