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Liturgical Season

To celebrate the month of October with Mary:

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 October.

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 October 17.  Previous Reflections are listed on our Rosary Index.  Please note that many of these documents are available in Spanish as well as English.

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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 Honduras.  Expect more countries to follow.

A section on Marian Spiritualities has also been added to our Resources index.  The latest addition was a paper on the Rosary spirituality of Faustino Perez Manglano.  Expect more articles to follow.

We have also posted material on the Marian Shrine on Agtalin Hill in the Philippines, a list of Marian Feast Days on the Marianist calendar, and the Declaration of the Theological Commission of PAMI on proposed new Marian dogmas.  We have also revised and expanded our section on The Hail Mary in Various Languages.

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  News from the Marian Library

Vatican Exhibit on Display Now!

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.
A virtual exhibit may be seen on our Gallery section under Current Exhibit.
Seminars related to the exhibit will be held in the LTC on Thursday nights through November 20.
For details on these lectures, click into http://www.udayton.edu/mary/gallery/vatseminars.html.
Exhibits of Rosaries of the World and of Creches will also be on display during this time.
See also the article in the October 23 issue of U.D.'s Campus Report.

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Alumni Update

Michael Duricy, webmaster for the Mary Page and IMRI graduate, had two Marian articles published recently.  "Snow White and Mary" appeared in the October issue of Integra and "The Life of the Virgin Mary in Film" appeared in the October issue of Ephemerides Mariologicae.  He will also present a talk on the Life of Mary in Film at the University of Dayton's LTC Studio on November 13.

Also, being a long-time distance runner, he recently completed the Columbus Marathon [see photo at right].

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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 semester commenced on Oct. 20, 2003.

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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

Special Event!

The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States will visit the Marian Library in Dayton, Ohio on November 8, 2003.

Come and join the ESBVM as it tours the world's largest Marian Library outside of the Vatican!

Events include a tour of the facilities (including the Vatican Art Exhibit), and a panel discussion on:

"Ecumenical Perspectives of the Blessed Virgin Mary"

For a list of accommodations and a schedule of events see their website at: http://www.esbvm.org/

To register, contact Susan Crowley by email at: suecrowley@msn.com

Registration fee: $25.00 to be received by October 20 [includes tour and discussion]

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



This morning the Pope received in audience the pilgrims who participated yesterday in the beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta to whom, he said, "he was bound by great esteem and sincere affection."

Speaking about the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, John Paul II affirmed that "there is no doubt that the new blessed was one of the greatest missionaries of the 20th century. The Lord made a chosen instrument of this simple woman, who came from one of the poorest areas of Europe, in order to announce the Gospel to the whole world, not with preaching but with daily gestures of love toward the poor. Missionary with the most universal language: charity without limits and exclusions, without preferences even toward the most abandoned."

The Holy Father indicated that Mother Teresa also was "a missionary of charity, a missionary of peace and a missionary of life. ... Her very smile was a 'yes' to life, a joyful 'yes', born of profound faith and love, a 'yes' purified in the crucible of suffering. She renewed that 'yes' each morning, in union with Mary, at the foot of Christ's Cross."


From Zenit

Pope's Homily at Beatification Mass of Mother Teresa

"Let Us Praise This Little Woman Enamored of God"

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 19, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Here are excerpts of John Paul II's homily during the beatification Mass for Mother Teresa of Calcutta, celebrated this morning in St. Peter's Square. The text was read by Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute for general affairs of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and by Cardinal Ivan Dias, archbishop of Bombay, India.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, founder of the Missionaries of Charity, whom today I have the joy of inscribing in the register of the blessed, allowed herself to be guided by this logic [sic]. I am personally grateful to this courageous woman, whom I have always felt near to me. Icon of the Good Samaritan, she went everywhere to serve Christ in the poorest of the poor. Not even conflicts and wars succeeded in stopping her.

"Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant" (Mark 10:43). With particular emotion we remember today Mother Teresa, a great servant of the poor, of the Church and of the whole world. Her life is a testimony to the dignity and the privilege of humble service. She had chosen to be not just the least but to be the servant of the least. As a real mother to the poor, she bent down to those suffering various forms of poverty. Her greatness lies in her ability to give without counting the cost, to give "until it hurts." Her life was a radical living and a bold proclamation of the Gospel.

The cry of Jesus on the cross, "I thirst" (John 19:28), expressing the depth of God's longing for man, penetrated Mother Teresa's soul and found fertile soil in her heart. Satiating Jesus' thirst for love and for souls in union with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, had become the sole aim of Mother Teresa's existence and the inner force that drew her out of herself and made her "run in haste" across the globe to labor for the salvation and the sanctification of the poorest of the poor.

"As you did to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me" (Matthew 25:40). This Gospel passage, so crucial in understanding Mother Teresa's service to the poor, was the basis of her faith-filled conviction that in touching the broken bodies of the poor she was touching the body of Christ. It was to Jesus himself, hidden under the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor, that her service was directed. Mother Teresa highlights the deepest meaning of service -- an act of love done to the hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick, prisoners (cf. Matthew 25:34-36) is done to Jesus himself.

Recognizing him, she ministered to him with wholehearted devotion, expressing the delicacy of her spousal love. Thus in total gift of herself to God and neighbor, Mother Teresa found her greatest fulfillment and lived the noblest qualities of her femininity. She wanted to be a sign of "God's love, God's presence, God's compassion" and so remind all of the value and dignity of each of God's children, "created to love and be loved." Thus was Mother Teresa "bringing souls to God and God to souls" and satiating Christ's thirst, especially for those most in need, those whose vision of God had been dimmed by suffering and pain.

[Above paragraphs were read in English]

Let us praise this little woman enamored of God, humble messenger of the Gospel and tireless benefactor of humanity. We honor in her one of the most outstanding personalities of our time. Let us accept her message and follow her example.

Virgin Mary, Queen of all Saints, help us to be meek and humble of heart as this intrepid messenger of Love. Help us to serve with joy and with a smile every person we meet. Help us to be missionaries of Christ, our peace and our hope. Amen!

John Paul II's Homily on 25th Anniversary of Pontificate

"Do Not Be Afraid to Welcome Christ"

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 19, 2003 (Zenit.org)

Here is a translation of the conclusion of John Paul II's homily from the Mass in St. Peter's Square last Thursday, the 25th anniversary of his pontificate. The homily was in Italian.

I renew to you, through the hands of Mary, beloved Mother,
the gift of myself, in the present and the future:
May all be accomplished according to your will.

Supreme Shepherd, stay in our midst,
so that we can proceed in safety with You,
toward the house of the Father. Amen!

Cardinal George on the Rosary's Special Lens

Chicago's Archbishop Reflects on Marian Prayer

CHICAGO, OCT. 17, 2003 (Zenit.org)

The rosary helps us see Jesus through special eyes: those of his Mother, says Cardinal Francis George. To mark the end of the Year of the Rosary, the cardinal reflected on the Marian prayer in the Oct. 12 issue of the archdiocesan paper Catholic New World. Last October, John Paul II called for a year dedicated to the rosary, and he added five new luminous mysteries to help the faithful focus on the public ministry of Jesus.

"If we have faith," wrote Cardinal George, "and if we are willing to compose our mind and remain quiet for a little while, the rosary becomes our entrance into the person and life of Christ and his mother." "She can bring us very close to her Son by forcing us to move beyond words and ideas to the reality they are meant to convey," he observed. "She can 'make us pray,' despite our own readiness to be distracted and all the pressures of lives plagued by a surfeit of information and entertainment designed to take our time and dissipate our attention."

The archbishop of Chicago pointed out that Mary has her own understanding of her Son, which we can learn by praying the rosary. "Mothers see things in their children that others often miss," he wrote. "The Blessed Virgin Mary sees Jesus from a perspective that is unique. Praying with Mary, asking her companionship as we pray, opens up knowledge of Jesus we can have only through her and with her. She knows Jesus profoundly not only as her savior but also as her Son."

Echoing the Holy Father, Cardinal George noted, "'She has more insight than anyone into the profound intentions of Jesus.' This intuition of Pope John Paul II is behind his invitation that we look at Jesus, contemplate the mysteries of his life, death and resurrection, while attending 'Mary's school.'"

The cardinal elaborated on Mary as our teacher of the Word, Jesus Christ. "What does one learn while at Mary's school, praying the rosary? What does she teach us? The genius of the rosary is that it brings us to the heart of the Gospel," he said.

"In the grotto near the Basilica of the Annunciation at Nazareth, an inscription reads: 'The Word was made flesh in this place.' The Son of God became incarnate in a particular spot; the uncontainable one was contained in Mary's womb," said Cardinal George. "The particularity which marks human life becomes the object of contemplation in saying the rosary."

Cardinal George stressed that praying the rosary enables us to enter into the mystery of the Incarnation and understand Mary's role in it. "In what Pope Paul VI called the 'quiet rhythm' and 'lingering pace' of the rosary, we put ourselves into the fundamental mystery of Christianity: God was made man so that we could live in God," the cardinal wrote.

"Mary's womb," he added, "is the place where the Word of God was made flesh; Mary's mouth the place where that perfect 'yes' that changed our relationship to God was spoken."


Cuban Regime Interrupts Rosary Campaign

ROME, OCT. 20, 2003 (Zenit.org)

A Catholic charity is trying to overcome restrictions by the Castro regime to undermine efforts to bring rosaries to Cuba's beleaguered Christians.

Last May, Aid to the Church in Need launched a campaign to send 400,000 rosaries to Cuba, but, having sent the latest major installment of 150,000, the Cuban authorities have told the charity it will only accept them in batches of 10,000.

The charity has responded by stepping up its efforts to provide a regular supply of rosaries.

The rosaries--produced with the personal backing of Pope John Paul II--are made near Venice. They are sent to Rome where the Vatican arranges for them to be flown to the Cuban capital, Havana, via Madrid, Spain.

Staffers at the Cuban bishops' conference, which first requested the rosaries, are responsible for distributing the rosaries to the dioceses across the island.

The first batches of rosaries to arrive are already making a difference in the parishes with people being taught the Marian prayer and its spiritual significance.

ACN staff coordinating the project say they are confident that they will overcome any delays in people receiving their rosaries.

The Cuban bishops say the rosary is vital for evangelization because the Cuban people like the simplicity of the prayers.


Here are excerpts of John Paul II's midday address before praying the Angelus with thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

1. I still feel vividly in my spirit the intense emotions lived these past few days, during which so many people were united to me on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of my pontificate. I renew my gratitude above all to God, rich in mercy, for these 25 years of ministry in the service of the Church. ...

Finally, I express my heartfelt gratitude to the priests, consecrated persons, and all the faithful, who were united spiritually with me with their good wishes and precious gift of prayer. I am thinking particularly of the sick, who were close to me with the offering of their sufferings.

Nor were testimonies lacking from Christians of other Confessions, as well as followers of other Religions. My heartfelt gratitude to all!

2. I pray the Lord to reward you, dear Brothers and Sisters, for the affection and support you have shown me. I renew the commitment of my life and ministry to the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Church. I repeat to her with filial abandonment: Totus tuus!

"Holiness Doesn’t Go Out of Fashion": The Pope told 6,000 pilgrims gathered in celebration of the 4th centenary of St. Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663).

Following a day of rest, John Paul II looked reinvigorated when he met with pilgrims gathered in honor of, an Italian Franciscan religious of the Order of Friars Minor Conventuals, and patron of students because of the great difficulties he had with his studies. ...

Father Joachim Giermek, minister of the Order of Friars Minor Conventuals, attended the audience. In his address, he highlighted the secret of Joseph Cupertino's holiness: to contemplate the face of Christ on the Cross, in the Eucharist, and to abandon oneself with confidence in Mary's hands.

From L’Osservatore Romano

Not posted this week.

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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.

OAKWOOD RESIDENT, 91, IN THE NEWS [Source: Dayton Daily News (Ohio), 9/11/2003]

Mildred Sutton , 91, of Oakwood has been clipping along; clipping news items about the Virgin Mary for the University of Dayton's Marian Library for 44 years.

"It's fascinating and keeps me alive and going," said Sutton, who volunteers two mornings a week at the library.

"Clare Jones, the secretary there, picks me up and a friend who works at U.D. drives me home, since I haven't driven a car in a few years."

Sutton subscribes to many Catholic publications and acquires additional information from her five daughters and two sons. Daughter Ruth Powers lives in Kettering.

Her children send her items about Mary that they find in their magazines and newspapers. Sutton has 24 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

Brothers and priests of the Society of Mary stationed in Africa, Europe and South Korea also send her clippings from publications in their locales.

Sutton noted that between 1965-72, Mary was not a popular subject in the press and little was written about her.

"Brother William [Fackovec] at the Marian Library and I work as a team to bring some kind of order out of all the clippings," Sutton said.

Mel Gibson is left to defend himself against critics who have not seen his movie. [Source: The New York Observer, 9/22/2003]

A lot of people have a lot to say about Mel Gibson's new movie, The Passion, and this is a little surprising, as the movie has not yet been released. Cultural critics have condemned the film, based on Gospel accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, after reading news reports summarizing the details of a stolen and out-of-date script. Several commentators have decided that this as-yet-unseen movie will stir anti-Semitic riots in Europe and perhaps elsewhere, which is odd because when conservatives blame Hollywood for celebrating and therefore encouraging antisocial behavior, they are routinely sneered at by their know-betters in the media.

A couple of years ago, a renowned art critic by the name of Rudolph Giuliani condemned as anti-Catholic an exhibit scheduled for the Brooklyn Museum. You'll recall that the piece in question was a representation of the Virgin Mary decorated with elephant dung and pictures some might regard as obscene. Oh, there were great howls of protest from the arts
and cultural communities. Why, they said, the Mayor hadn't even seen the piece! How dare he pass judgment on art he hadn't seen! The forces of light were in high dudgeon over this fascistic assault by the small-minded, parochial Mayor of New York.

More than a year after the controversy, somebody handed me an old piece from The Nation in which a writer whose name escapes me condemned the Mayor and anybody who either agreed with him or simply seemed a little, you know, put off by the elephant-dung thing (like yours truly). These awful philistines, the writer said, had no right to utter an opinion as they had not seen the piece. The writer, like so many of her ilk, prefers to wallow in her own prejudices rather than make inquires that might lead to a facsimile of truth. A phone call or two might have challenged the assumption.

So, for condemning a piece of art he hadn't seen, Rudolph Giuliani was accused of myriad crimes against art by those who see themselves as the stalwart advocates of free expression and unfettered artistry.

It would be wonderful, and heartening, to see these brave souls rallying to Mr. Gibson's side, condemning his critics with righteous anger and smug self-assurance. It would be thrilling to hear their voices raised on cable television, to read their thoughts on op-ed pages throughout the nation. It would be wonderful to see them dismiss Mr. Gibson's critics with the same contempt they displayed for Mr. Giuliani. Of course, this would involve defending, rather than attacking, a very conservative Catholic with some rather curious opinions. As this course of action would be decidedly unfashionable, Mr. Gibson is left to defend himself against critics who haven't seen his movie.
I haven't seen the movie either, so if you're looking for a condemnation or a defense of Mr. Gibson, look elsewhere. I'm astonished, however, at the intellectual dishonesty of his critics and the utter lack of support he has received from those who were so offended by Mr. Giuliani's venture into art criticism. Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn said that the movie shouldn't be distributed and that it would be "unhealthy for Jews all over the world." This criticism was based on secondhand accounts of what the unseen film may or may not contain about the role Jews may or may not have played in the crucifixion of another Jew, i.e., Christ.

"The Gospels show that Jesus was killed by a combination of social and political forces," said former Council member Charles Millard, who holds a degree in theology from Holy Cross College. "The Gospels interpret the movement of those forces. They are not about the vilification of a people. If they were, then the Gospels would be anti-Italian." The Romans, after all, killed Christ, as Catholics are reminded every Sunday when they invoke the name of Pontius Pilate, the Roman procurator of Judea, as Christ's executioner.

As for the contention that the film will inflame anti-Semitic mobs around the world, well, it's refreshing to see Hollywood's allies and apologists in the media arguing that moviemakers should be held accountable for their products. When people like William Bennett, George Will and Bob Dole contended that the entertainment industry bore some responsibility for the images and messages contained in movies and music, they were roundly condemned as censorious prudes who simply didn't understand that when a male rapper refers to women as "hos" and worse, he simply is reflecting inner-city realities and by no means should be held responsible for, say, young men who treat young women like whores.

Art surely can provoke as well as inspire, and so perhaps the critics are right to worry that ignorant Christians will use The Passion as a pretext for anti-Semitic outrages.

But surely this new accountability shouldn't apply only to Mel Gibson.

Hospital finds crack in window bearing image of Virgin Mary [Source: The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA), 9/20/2003]

The Milton Hospital window that some believe resembles a likeness of the Virgin Mary is cracked.

"I don't think you can tell there is a crack if you are far away," Megan Booth, a hospital spokeswoman, said Friday.

Booth said the crack was discovered recently when workers removed a cover on the window for public viewing.

Hospital officials began limiting public viewing this summer when crowds of people began showing up on the grounds to look at the window, sing hymns and pray.

Booth said the numbers of onlookers has diminished, and only one or two people can be spotted these days.

The window viewing hours are 5:30 p.m. to sunset.

Booth said hospital officials are still considering moving the window, but no decision has been made.

The hospital's board of directors voted last month to work with the Boston Archdiocese to find a more suitable place for the window in the Boston area.

Sites owned by the Society of Mary are reportedly being considered.

After a hospital worker first noticed it on June 10, the silhouette of cloudy and iridescent shapes attracted more than 50,000 viewers over several weeks.

The hospital paid as much as $10,000 a week for security to accommodate a massive influx of car and foot traffic.

The Boston Archdiocese has said the image on the window is nothing more than condensation caused by a break in the glass, not a miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary .

A church spokesman has said that for the image to be considered a miracle, earthly origins such as condensation would have to be ruled out.
Joe Nickell, senior research fellow for the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, called the image in the window a simulacrum, a random image that resembles something recognizable.

He attributed the belief that the image is the Virgin Mary to a phenomenon called pareidolia, a psychological term for the mind's obsession with finding patterns in essentially random objects, from clouds to wood grain.

Nickell traveled from the committee's base in Amherst, N.Y., to view the image in July.

The window is in the rear of the ophthalmology clinic at a medical office building. It is covered by drywall that blocks the light and frustrates further study while also eliminating the possibility of a hoax.

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