Polish Madonna Notecards Are
Due to popular demand, The Marian
Library at the University of Dayton is once again offering the Polish Madonna
notecards for a very limited time. There are seven cards and envelopes in
each pack, and each card features a different Madonna by Polish artist Wislawa
Kwiatkowska. The cards measure 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" and the packs are shrink-wrapped.
The back of each card gives the picture title and its description and the web
site of the online version of the Polish Madonna exhibit so the people you give
the cards to can go online and see all the beautiful Polish Madonnas for
themselves. The pictures included in the notecards are featured below.
cards are $5.00 per pack, and the shipping and handling charges per order are as
pack = $2 First Class Mail
2 packs = $3 First Class Mail
3 packs = $5 Priority Mail
4-6 packs = $6 Priority Mail
7-9 packs = $8 Priority Mail
10-12 packs = $9 Priority Mail
order the cards, specify in a letter the number of packs you want and enclose a
check or money order made out to "The Marian Library." Mail it to:
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469-1390
We will NOT be accepting telephone orders, but if
you have any questions, call The Marian Library at 937-229-4214.
For information on Polish Madonna prints available click into
New Web Addresses for The Mary Page
In order to make our web site more accessible, The Mary Page may now be
reached at the following URLs: marypage.org; themarypage.org; and
themarypage.net. The original address on the University of Dayton site
remains active as well.
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return. We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.
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"The Song of Songs Illustrated," Henry C. Setter's illustrations of
this Biblical book now on display in The Marian Library Gallery through October
31, 2005. The exhibit is free and open to the public on weekdays from 8:30
am - 4:30 pm. For tours and information call 937-229-4214. Click
here for a virtual
Setter, a Cincinnati native and former U.D. Professor, has taught art for 42
years and still works as a professional artist. He has received numerous
art commissions in the United States and Europe, and his watercolors, mosaics
and sculptures are displayed in both private and public collections. His
woodblock prints and sculptures have received awards in juried exhibitions
throughout the United States.
Creches and Straw Art are also on display in our museum.
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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule
IMRI courses for the Fall 2005 semester started on October 10! The course
schedule through Fall 2005 is now available.
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Family Rosary Rally
Sunday, October 16, 3 pm at the University of Dayton Arena
gathering is a call to parishioners in the Dayton Deanery and all throughout the
archdiocese who support bringing families and their clergy together in a public
place to praise God and honor the Virgin Mary, say organizers Joe Beyerle and
Bob O'Connor. Both are members of St. Charles Borromeo Church in
Kettering, and are being assisted by a planning committee, comprised of parish
representatives, and supported by parishes and individuals. Contributions
in excess of expenses will be sent to the retirement fund for priests and
The program will consist of music, recitation of the rosary and benediction.
Ample parking is available for an event that organizers hope will attract
thousands of worshippers. For more information, call Jim Paxson,
937-293-2258; Beyerle, 937-434-4139; O'Connor, 937-434-9587; or Tony Staub,
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Mary's Courtyard to be dedicated
Dayton, Ohio, October 7, 2005
Mary's Courtyard, a new space on the University of Dayton campus that honors
the Blessed Mother, will be dedicated at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 12, the
feast of Our Lady of the Pillar. Father Paul Marshall, S.M., University
Rector will lead the blessing ceremony, which will take place rain or shine; and
Emily Strand of Campus Ministry will provide the music. Mary's Courtyard
is designed to be a garden for the University community, and faculty and staff
are invited to assist with fall planting, tentatively scheduled for Saturday,
Oct. 22 For more information, see p. 4 of the Oct. 7, 2005 issue of UD's
Marianist Award honors
historian David O' Brien
Dayton, Ohio, October 7, 2005
"The Missing Piece: Renewing American Catholicism" was the topic David
O'Brien chose for his Marianist Award lecture Sept. 21. He is the Loyola
Professor of Roman Catholic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in
Worcester, Mass. Since 1986, UD's Marianist Award has honored a Roman
Catholic whose work has made a major contribution to the intellectual life.
or more information, see p. 15 of the Oct. 7, 2005 issue of UD's Campus
Prayer for the Synod
"Send Forth Your Spirit of Love and Truth"
Vatican City, October 2, 2005
Here is the prayer published by
the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the start of the assembly
which will focus on the Eucharist.
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Prayers for the Success of the Synod
Lord Jesus Christ, whom the
Father has commanded us to listen as his beloved Son, shed your light upon your
Church, so that she might have nothing more holy than to listen to your voice
and follow you. You are the Supreme Shepherd and Ruler of Souls. Look then upon
the Pastors of your Church gathered in these days with the Successor of St.
Peter in synod assembly. We implore you to sanctify them in truth and confirm
them in faith and love.
Lord Jesus Christ, send forth
your Spirit of love and truth on the bishops in synod and on all who assist them
in fulfilling their task. Make them more faithful to what the Spirit is saying
to the Churches; stir their souls and teach them truth by that same Holy Spirit.
Through their work, may the faithful of their Churches be purified and
strengthened in spirit, so that they might greater follow the Gospel through
which you accomplished salvation and they might make of themselves a living
offering to the heavenly Father.
May Mary, the Most Holy Mother
of God and Mother of the Church,
assist the Bishops in these days, as she assisted the Apostles in the Upper
Room, and intercede with motherly affection to foster brotherly communion among
them, to allow them to rejoice in prosperity and peace in the calmness of these
days, and, in reading the signs of the times, to celebrate the majesty of the
merciful God, the Lord of History, to the praise and glory of the Most Blessed
Trinity, Father Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
[Original text: Latin; translation distributed by the Holy See]
On the Synod of the Eucharist
"The Motor of the Church's Evangelizing Action"
Vatican City, October 2, 2005
Conclusion of the address
Benedict XVI gave today before praying the midday Angelus and after celebrating
the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist.
Let us invoke their
intercession on the works of the synod, as well as that of the Guardian Angels,
whom we remember today. With confidence, let us entrust ourselves above all to
the Virgin Mary, whom we will venerate next Oct. 7 with the title Virgin of the
Rosary. The month of October is dedicated to the holy rosary, singular
contemplative prayer with which, led by the Lord's heavenly Mother, we fix our
gaze on the Redeemer's face to be conformed in his mystery of joy, light,
suffering and glory.
ancient prayer is undergoing a providential new flowering, thanks in part to the
example and teaching of our beloved Pope John Paul II. I invite you to reread
his apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae" and to put into practice his
indications at the personal, family and community level. We entrust to Mary the
works of the synod: May she lead the whole Church to an ever clearer awareness
of her mission at the service of the redeemer, really present in the sacrament
of the Eucharist.
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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.
A Long Fall for the Little Pebble
[Source: The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia), July 15, 2005]
WILLIAM Kamm founded the Order of Saint Charbel near Nowra on the South Coast
in 1985, after he convinced followers the Virgin Mary spoke to him there on the
13th of each month at 3pm.
Two decades on, Kamm--who calls himself the Little Pebble--faces a lengthy jail
term after he was found guilty last week of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old
former follower called Gabrielle in 1993.
The Daily Telegraph visited the Cambewarra community this week and found its 140
residents disappointed by the verdict but defiant.
The order's spokeswoman, who only wanted to be known as Natalie, said: "We don't
follow him like some guru. We have our own lives. We certainly don't kiss the
feet of the Little Pebble.
"His role is the founder of the order; there is no leader as such. If he dies
tomorrow, it continues."
She said Mary would continue to communicate with members--who she claimed
covered the globe -- but refused to disclose to whom she would now appear.
"Mystics and seers are very common. Apparitions happen not just in our community
but everywhere," she said.
During Kamm's three-week trial, the court heard he had told Gabrielle that Mary
had chosen her as one of his 12 "queens" who would spawn him 17 children for the
new holy race.
Gabrielle accepted the proposal to enter into a "mystical marriage"--which she
did not believe included sex.
But when Kamm kissed and fondled her, she started to have doubts and in 2002
reported him to police.
Natalie said Kamm's "plea remains innocent."
She labeled Gabrielle a "liar."
"We produced evidence that proved what Gabby said was a lie. It never happened
and yet her evidence was believed. It was laughable that she didn't know about
sex at 15," she said.
"We survive no different to anyone else. We are not brainwashed and we do not
believe you get pregnant through hugging. That is hogwash."
Kamm's legal wife Bettina refused to comment, other than to say the community
supported Kamm "100 per cent."
When asked whether community members would follow Kamm to prison, another
resident said: "William is our leader. We will follow him to there."
But Natalie conceded it was unlikely many members would visit him in jail, if he
is sentenced to full-time custody on September 16.
University of Sydney new religious movements expert Chris Hartney said he
believed the claim that the order would go on and Mary would appear to others
was a "self preservation" mechanism.
However, he suspected Kamm would continue to be the one who received apparitions
from Mary, possibly even in prison, because that was how he maintained his
authority over the group.
"This would make him a martyr and increase his renown," Dr Hartney said.
He believed that the group was "an extreme side of the Catholic Church that
needs to be heavily monitored."
The Cambewarra community, which hides behind huge steel gates boasting large
padlocks and a "Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted" sign, is located in remote
bushland accessible only by a dirt track.
Resembling a caravan park, it is self-sufficient with its own church, school,
first aid centre and convenience store. But the spokeswoman denied it was a
commune saying there were no restrictions on the residents coming and going.
Although the order refers to itself as a Catholic religion, the Vatican has
outlawed Kamm after a canonical investigation rejected his claims of
supernatural visions and repudiated his false teachings.
The NSW Board of Studies is investigating safety at his St Joseph's school in
the wake of his conviction.
'Hail Mary' is More Than a
[Source: Newsweek (U.S. Edition), August 29, 2005]
Marc Sayre looks like a typical college student: baggy jeans,
unbuttoned plaid shirt over a grungy tee and a knit black cap. He lives off
campus with friends who favor Coldplay, cold beer, pool tournaments--and the
Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. Their frat-like group, called the Knights of the
Holy Queen, consists of nearly 40 male students at Franciscan University. They
pray together daily and convene once a week to share the long, ritualistic
prayer of the rosary, which is more commonly performed by folks their
grandmothers' age. "This is what we long for in our faith," says Sayre, 21,
referring to a level of devotion that goes far beyond attending Sunday mass.
"There was an emptiness before. Now our lives--my life--are full."
For decades, America's 67 million Roman Catholics have had a reputation as a
wayward flock. While evangelical Protestants built mega-churches and rose in
membership, Catholics migrated toward a less dogmatic form of faith. Some of the
transformation has been formal, such as the 1965 Vatican II reforms that ended
Latin mass. But much has been informal, as "cafeteria Catholics" have played
pick-and-choose, rejecting some church rituals (such as confession) or teachings
(on subjects like birth control). But now, as the generation raised under the
more orthodox Pope John Paul II comes of age, some young Catholics are searching
for a more rigorous form of faith. They're reviving old rituals and hewing to
strict doctrine. Franciscan University, with 2,300 students in the old steel
town of Steubenville, Ohio, is a haven for these faithful. This is one of the
few colleges in America where a "Hail Mary" isn't just a last-minute football
To spend time among them is to explore the boundary where normal college life
intersects with ultra-devout Catholicism. Many of the students here drink, but
they generally don't get trashed. They date, but remain fully clothed and often
pray as couples. And as befits their age, sometimes they feel torn between the
secular and the spiritual. "Sure, there are some nights I'd rather be watching 'Punk'd'
than joining the group in prayer," says Audry Raines, 20, a member of the Little
Flowers, a sorority-like worship house. "[But] there is beauty in prayer, in
contemplation, in doing small things."
Although most of these students were born Catholic, many speak of "converting"
to this deeper immersion as teenagers. They'd grown dispirited with routine
Sunday masses and wanted a more personal connection with Christ. Some are
unapologetically judgmental of the unconverted. "A lot of these kids have a
problem with so-called sociological Catholics," says Boston College theologian
Stephen Pope. But Franciscan University's president, Father Terence Henry, says
conversion is a deeply personal choice, not something by which to measure
others. "It's an ongoing experience, a handing over of life more and more to the
Even under John Paul II's conservative successor, it is a stretch to say that
young Catholics like these--whose numbers nationally are impossible to
determine--represent the future of the church. Soon they will graduate into a
more secular world, but they promise to stay devoted. "God is just more than
somebody you visit on Sunday," says Liz Danik, 21. For those who've chosen this
stronger flavor of Catholicism, the nourishment comes daily.
Anatolian Icons as Collectable
Works of Art
[Source: Turkish Daily News, July 31, 2005]
An icon, by definition, is an artistic visual representation or
symbol of anything considered holy and divine. In Eastern Orthodoxy, the icon is
generally a flat panel painting depicting a holy being or object such as Christ,
Mary, saints, angels or the cross. Icons may also be cast in metal, carved in
stone, embroidered on cloth, done in mosaic, printed on paper or metal, etc.
Accordingly, a seal ring with a religious image can be considered an icon
The birth of icons:
It is believed that icons emerged from primitive traditions and are similar to
other types of religious art. Legend has it that Luke, one of the contributors
to the New Testament, made three icons for the Virgin Mary and that when Mary
saw them and blessed them, her belief in her faith deepened. The three icons
were duplicated with the blessing of the Virgin Mary and it was assumed the
original icons transferred their blessed status to the duplicates. It is said
that a Byzantine emperor's wife later sent the duplicate icons to Istanbul, then
known as Constantinople.
There were, however, those who abhorred the worship of icons and considered
those who believed in idolatry to be idolaters. In dealings the Byzantines had
with Arabs and Jews, who eschewed idol worship, those with idols were disdained
by the latter two groups. The significant number of Jewish communities present
in Anatolia during Byzantine Emperor Leo III's reign, combined with the
emperor's own dislike of idolatry partly due to his Arab descent, added to the
growing hostility against religious pictures
Subsequently, a decree was issued by Leo on Jan. 17, 730 ordering the
destruction of all religious pictures, resulting in many icons being destroyed.
Icons and rituals:
Starting in the second half of the 6th century, rituals were made to include
icons. Respected religious leaders would bless icons and hold ceremonies with
these newly holy pieces
People who lived in cultures that embraced icons started seeking remedies for
their illnesses and forgiveness for their sins from them. People would bow
before icons, kiss them and beg for solutions to their troubles and problems.
The icons were elevated to talismans, beyond being symbols
Icons collectable works of art: The oldest icons in existence today were made
between the sixth and eighth centuries and found in St. Catherine's Monastery on
Mt. Sinai. After the 20th century, icon experts, art historians, art lovers,
antique dealers and museums in Europe started showing an interest in these
items. Since the icons were considered to be art, they were evaluated by their
color, shape, aesthetic value and subject matter.
It is only in the last 40 years that icons began to be considered works of art
in Turkey. Up until 1960 they were handled as religious or historic relics and
only after 1960 did they gain importance, becoming collectable works of art.
Many icons were left behind during mass population exchanges during the latter
part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Many old Orthodox
churches in Anatolia were sources of valuable icons
During the post-1960s icon-trading period in Turkey, many were either sold
and/or smuggled abroad.
How icons came to Anatolia:
Regions in Anatolia that were hosts of many ancient civilizations of the
Orthodox faith, among other religions, had remnants of icons in their churches
and other holy sites
Many icons brought from Eastern bloc countries such as Russia, Ukraine and
Georgia, as well as the Balkans, brought color to the Istanbul art market. These
icons have become collectables over the last decade and the number of people
showing keen interest in them has increased. Today, icons are found in Istanbul,
Izmir, Urgup, Trabzon and southeastern Anatolia. Antique dealers sell at prices
varying from YTL 1,000 to YTL 10,000.
Mythology and Science
[Source: Africa News, July 18, 2005]
Mahoro a young man from Butare province of Rwanda has become a house-hold
name in Rwanda due to his claims that through the appearance of the Virgin Mary,
he was shown drugs that can cure HIV /Aids and ever-since, he has been
administering those drugs to HIV /Aids patients, not until a couple of weeks ago
when the Ministry of Health ordered him not to continue administering such drugs
Mahoro's case is controversial in that it includes everything that is of
controversial nature in our time, more so in the field of traditions, religion
A critical analysis of Amahoro's case will immediately confirm the poor man's
technical knock-out in the area of HIV/Aids cure. However, Mahoro is not only
the first person to claim the discovery of HIV/Aids cure. Many other people
including, outstanding professional medical experts have undergone the same
persecution as Amahoro of Rwanda.
I can remember very well KEMRIs renowned Professor of medicine and a leading
researcher in HIV/Aids cure since the first HIV/Aids case in Kenya was reported.
He found himself into the drama of HIV/Aids cure in the name of Kemron and Pearl
Omega. Professor Obel has been the pioneer and master mind of the research which
led to the discovery of those drugs under the auspices of the Kenya Institute of
Medical Research (KEMRI) and the Kenyan government.
Professor Obel, his team from KEMRI and HIV/Aids patient who used Kemron claimed
that it was "the drug" regardless of none of its entire scientifically exhausted
procedure as HIV/Aids drug. The persecution that ensued came from the government
officials, medical experts including some of Obel's own peers in the medical
circles. The drug was eventually banned by the government and ever since has
remained in mystery to all those people who are related to it in Kenya and
probably Africa at large. Here though the ban was implemented the formula of the
drug's manufacture was stolen by some European company and it is now been
manufactured under the different name and different combination then supplied to
us in exorbitant prices in the name of ARVs! Nobody had justified this and so I
am innocent of what I am saying.
The drug was followed a few years by Obel's discovery of Pearl Omega, which at
this time was Obel's personal initiative even though supported by the government
due to Obel's affiliation to the government as the state scientist.
Pearl Omega's appearance to members of the public was applauded. Like Kemron,
Pearl Omega did not last much before it faced the knife of political and
anti-herbal medical persecutors. In his book, "Power and Intrigue" Professor
Obel who to date is ever around the table struggling to discover HIV/AIDS cure,
laments an ignorance that should be upheld while research continues in this
"Professor Obel's efforts should not be discouraged", remarked a European
medical doctor who reminded Obel's own colleagues and African stakeholders to
take things gradually just as the gradual process which HIV/Aids takes before it
wipes off a person's life.
Mahoro's plight is evidently understood in the context of the fact that he is
not a trained medical expert in the first place and he is treading upon the path
of traditions. If Professor Obel from Kenya and many others with astute
scientific and empirical techniques can be dismissed in this area, how much more
could a poor man like Amahoro be persecuted?
Mahoro's case is made much more complicated by another element. That is
religion. The chap claims that the Virgin Mary appeared to him and showed him
HIV/Aids cure. A cure for which he set out to administer without charging any
fees. At the core of any religion, there is an element of service without a
return for payment. In line with this, Mahoro's claim is well understood.
The peculiar aspect of Mahoro's cure is also found within the element of the
Virgin Mary. In the Catholic tradition, the Virgin Mary is believed to have
appeared to people and instructed them for healing services. Major shrines have
been erected in these places. Many more of these shrines are wide spread in
Europe. I have had of one place in the North Eastern province of Kenya. I am
sorry that I have not gone there neither can I testify of any healing from that
People are convinced that God heals in these places, people with various types
of ailments. On this ground the eyes of the gateway to knowledge as man's five
senses will not entertain Mahoro's mythological postulates. I am sorry for the
HIV/Aids is the most catastrophic ailments of our time. The world's population
that has died of it and those who have it is overwhelming. Major global
pharmaceutical firms are ever working around the clock to come up with a cure.
It is true that HIV/Aids will take a great toll of the world's population before
a cure is found.
The process of research that leads into HIV/Aids cure is very gradual. This is
in line with the empirically stipulated statutes that are involved into the
empirical method. I value this method for it has surely enhanced the quality of
human life in this World.
However, the world should at the same time be sensitive about the non empirical
method of HIV/Aids-for we are in two worlds; a world of metaphysics and a world
of physics or a world of the mind and a world of the body. To the persecutors of
HIV/Aids healers, remember one thing, empirical method and ontological methods
are in the process of reconciliation-the International Scientific Prayer
Research Organization is my witness.
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