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To celebrate the month of January 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 January.
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Polish Madonna Prints Still Available!
While the note-cards are now out of stock, seven different 11" x 14" prints are still available from Wislawa Kwiatkowska's "Polish Madonnas in Art and Poetry" exhibit. All pictures are printed on 80# paper.
The pictures available are:
These 11" x 14" prints are $5 each. There is an additional charge of $5 for each quantity of 11 prints or less to cover postage and handling. Here is an example of the postage and handling rates:
Specify which prints and quantity you want and make a check or money order out to "The Marian Library." Mail it to:
We also have a "Polish Madonna" Windows PC screensaver that shows all twelve of the pictures that were in the St. Anthony Messenger article. It sells for $5.00, which includes postage and handling.
If you have any questions, please call 937-229-4214.
Madonna Covered with Cherry Blossoms: Delicate cherry blossoms frame the faces of Mary and Baby Jesus while butterflies--symbols of the Resurrection--circle around them.
Madonna of the Mushrooms: These mushrooms of autumn are attractive but deadly; Mary draws out the poison and warns against the allure and perniciousness of sin.
Madonna Riding on a Deer: Based upon a Polish legend, this picture shows Mary and Baby Jesus being whisked away from danger by a swift and noble deer.
Madonna of the Sowers: From the lilac heather, through the morning fog, the wind pulls threads from Mary's shawl and wraps them around the trees and branches, protecting the autumn seeds.
Mother of God of Lichen: Mary fingers her rosary and gazes prayerfully at the insignia of the Polish eagle on her chest, as the animals are drawn to her loving maternal presence.
Mournful Mother of Czestochowa: In this portrait of the famous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Baby Jesus tries to comfort his mother as she mourns for the fate of the Polish people. Around Mary's shoulders is a blue and gold ribbon from which hangs the Virtuti Militari--the highest Polish military honor that is given in recognition of bravery. (The two slashes on the face of the original icon were inflicted by Hussite soldiers in the fifteenth century.)
New Employee at The Marian Library
Sr. M. Jean Frisk--Art Exhibits and Special Programs
Sister Jean comes originally from Upper Michigan (near the Canadian border). She joined the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary in Milwaukee and spent twelve years in Germany with the International Secretariat of the Schoenstatt Movement, leading pilgrimages, giving retreats, and translating. Upon her return from Germany, she came to UD for the Master's in Religious Studies. She also received the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from IMRI. Her field of concentration was an examination of religious textbooks. She has authored eight books--two winning awards from the Catholic Press Association of Canada and the United States. Her most recent book is Joyous Expectation: Journeying Through Advent With Mary. Her responsibilities in The Marian Library include continuing her contributions to The Mary Page web site, making the arrangements for and mounting art exhibits, promoting special programs, publicity and publications. We know that her work will reflect the special character of her congregation--Schoenstatt--which means "beautiful place."
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; marypage.udayton.edu; and themarypage.net. The original address on the University of Dayton site, www.udayton.edu/mary, remains active as well.
Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. CatholicWeb.com highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. Catholic.net includes a Mary Channel on their navbar with Mary Page articles. Please visit these site in return. We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.
Also, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has added the Gallery section of The Mary Page to the Exhibits section of their on-line museum, the Plethoreum.
"Lost in the Beauty of Her God," the inspired works of Sister Marie Pierre Semler, M.M. (1901-1993), will be displayed in The Marian Library Gallery through January 20, 2006. Visitors are welcome weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or by special arrangement. For details call 937-229-4214. Click here for a virtual exhibit.
Copies of Oasis in the Night: Art Works and Writings by Marie Pierre Semler, M.M., as well as holy cards and packets of note cards based on the exhibit are available for a limited time at The Marian Library.
Creches and Straw Art are also on display in our museum. Additional nativity sets are also on display at Gallery Saint John (4400 Shakertown Road in Dayton) from noon to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday through January 8, 2006.
International Marian Research Institute Course ScheduleIMRI courses for the Spring 2006 semester are scheduled to begin on February 20. The course schedule for this semester is now available.
Living With Mary Today
The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute plans to hold a four day symposium on Mary in July 2006. For more information click into: http://www.udayton.edu/mary/symposiun06.html.
Click this link for a list of all of the current Marian Events by geographical position.
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!
Papal Homily at Vespers of First Sunday of Advent
Excerpts of a homily improvised by Benedict XVI for the first vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 26.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Taking as our model Mary Most Holy, who teaches us to live by devoutly listening to the Word of God, let us reflect on the short Bible reading just proclaimed. ...
To understand the meaning of this word, hence, of the Apostle's prayer for this community and for communities of all times--also for us--we must look at the person through whom the coming of the Lord was uniquely brought about: the Virgin Mary. Mary belonged to that part of the people of Israel who in Jesus' time were waiting with heartfelt expectation for the Savior's coming. And from the words and acts recounted in the Gospel, we can see how she truly lived steeped in the prophets' words; she entirely expected the Lord's coming.
She could not, however, have imagined how this coming would be brought about. Perhaps she expected a coming in glory. The moment when the Archangel Gabriel entered her house and told her that the Lord, the Savior, wanted to take flesh in her, wanted to bring about his coming through her, must have been all the more surprising to her.
We can imagine the Virgin's apprehension. Mary, with a tremendous act of faith and obedience, said "yes": "I am the servant of the Lord." And so it was that she became the "dwelling place" of the Lord, a true "temple" in the world and a "door" through which the Lord entered upon the earth. ...
It is the Holy Spirit himself who formed in the Virgin's womb Jesus, the perfect Man, who brings God's marvelous plan to completion in the human person, first of all by transforming the heart and from this center, all the rest. ...
May Mary Most Holy, the faithful Virgin, guide us to make this time of Advent and of the whole new liturgical year a path of genuine sanctification, to the praise and glory of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Guadalupe Day Has a Special
Emphasis in Canada
This Monday, feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Catholic Church in Canada will observe a day of prayer for the country's native peoples. The initiative seeks to promote in particular solidarity with the first peoples who inhabited this enormous country and who suffer relatively high levels of poverty.
This is explained in a letter written for the occasion by the Council for Reconciliation, Solidarity and Communion, made up of bishops, priests, a woman religious and lay people.
The letter presents Juan Diego, the 16th-century Mexican Indian who witnessed the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as an example of fulfillment of the "will of God exactly as it was communicated" by Mary. Juan Diego is also "an example of the fidelity with which we are called to respond to the love of God today," the letter said.
A Journalist's Research on
the Child Jesus
Who was Jesus, really? Did he really exist or is his story a pious invention? Journalist Andrea Tornielli, who covers the Vatican for the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, tries to answer these questions in a new book, "Inchiesta su Gesł Bambino" (Research on the Child Jesus). ZENIT interviewed the author about the book, which will be presented at the Catholic University in Rome on Tuesday. About the Blessed Virgin Mary he said:
"Suffice it to think of Matthew's account, older than Luke's, and probably coming from Joseph's family tradition. The evangelist does not hide at all the confusion caused by Mary's pregnancy, before her marriage to Joseph took place and they lived under the same roof. If the Gospels really were an invention of the first Christian community, why not censor this detail or, more simply, anticipate by a few days the angel's announcement to Joseph, avoiding the worrisome time of that pregnancy borne by the carpenter, [with the possibility of] having to reject his bride-to-be in secret?"
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.
Vandalism on statue of the Virgin
Mary by high school students unacceptable to church
The Holy Redeemer parish is wondering what it must do to curb rampant student
vandalism of its grounds, especially now that a statue of Mary at a shrine was
toppled and broken.
"They are smoking cigarettes, they are smoking dope," said Dunn. "We have
about 2,000 students going through here morning, noon, and night; coming to
school and then going at noontime over to the fast food outlets and back.
Don't Have a Cow, God!
Here's bad boy Bart Simpson in a most unlikely role as baby
Comic Book on late Pope is
In life John Paul II was a global superstar who produced several
bestsellers, including memoirs, plays and poetry. Yesterday he proved that he
had star appeal even in death as a comic book that tells his life story sold out
as soon as it appeared in the bookshops.
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