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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.
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.)
Teresa Monaghen, the local and National Moderator of the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates and the National Director of the Pro Sanctity Movement, has been doing regular radio broadcasts on Marian and other spiritual topics on Spirit 88.9 FM KVSS out of Omaha, Nebraska. Her latest talk aired on January 6, 2006 about Our Lady's Place in the Epiphany. She is scheduled to do a series on "Discernment in the Spirit of Mary" next month. We are hoping to make a number of her talks available as podcasts from The Mary Page. Stay tuned!
She has a BA in Liberal Studies from Cal State Fullerton and did her thesis on "Faith Development for Children." Teresa studied in Rome, Italy for her STB in Theology and then went on to Creighton University in Omaha for her MA in Christian Spirituality. She is working towards her STL at The International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.
Teresa has 29 years experience giving retreats and spiritual direction to people of all ages and backgrounds, and has also worked as a spiritual director for the summer program of the Institute for Priestly Formation under the direction of Father John Horn, SJ. She currently runs the Pro Sanctity Retreat Center and Camp Fun for girls in Elkhorn, NE which is in its 15th season.
Additional 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.
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.
Marianist Heritage Celebration
The Rector's Office at the University of Dayton is sponsoring a series of events to highlight the Marianist spirit of U.D.'s founders through February 24. Among the activities, Campus Ministry and the Marianists will sponsor a Program on "Mary, Faith and Justice" on Thursday, 2/23/2006. This will be held in the Kennedy Union Ballroom from 7-9 pm with a Social to follow.
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!
Authenticity of the "Apparitions" at Marpingen Not
On December 13, 2005, the Bishop of Trier, Dr. Reinhard Marx, published the following decree:
"It cannot be confirmed that the events of Marpingen during the years 1876 and 1999 were of supernatural character. There are serious reasons which do not allow us to recognize the events as supernatural."
Chancellor of the Trier Diocese
Pope's Homage on Solemnity of
Here is a Vatican translation of the homage Benedict XVI paid last Thursday, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, when he visited the statue of the Blessed Virgin in Rome's Piazza di Spagna.
Prayer of His Holiness Benedict XVI Thursday, Dec. 8
On this day dedicated to Mary I have come, for the first time as Successor of Peter, to the feet of the statue of the Immaculate here in Piazza di Spagna, ideally continuing the Pilgrimage made many times by my Predecessors. I feel that I am accompanied by the devotion and affection of the Church living in this city of Rome and in the entire world. I bring with me the concerns and hopes of present-day humanity and come to lay them at the feet of the heavenly Mother of the Redeemer.
On this remarkable day, the 40th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, my thought goes to 8 December 1965 when, exactly at the end of the Homily during the Eucharistic celebration in St. Peter's Square, the Servant of God Paul VI addressed his thought to Mary, "the Mother of God and our spiritual Mother ..., the creature in whom the image of God is reflected with absolute clarity, without any disturbance as happens in every other human creature."
The Pope then asked: "Is it not perhaps in directing our gaze on this woman who is our humble sister and at the same time our heavenly Mother and Queen, the spotless and sacred mirror of infinite beauty, that we can ... [begin] our post-conciliar work? Does not the beauty of Mary Immaculate become for us an inspiring model, a comforting hope?"
He then concluded: "... we think it is so for us and for you. And this is our most exalted and, God willing, our most valuable parting wish" (cf. "The Teachings of Pope Paul VI," III, 1965).
Recalling the many events that have marked the last 40 years, how can we not relive today the various moments that have highlighted the Church's journey in this period?
Mary sustained the Pastors, and in the first place the Successors of Peter, in their demanding ministry at the service of the Gospel during these 40 years; she guided the Church toward the faithful understanding and application of the conciliar documents.
For this reason, serving as spokesperson for the entire Ecclesial Community, I wish to thank the Most Holy Virgin and I turn to her with the same sentiments that animated the Council Fathers, who dedicated to Mary the last chapter of the dogmatic constitution "Lumen Gentium," underlining the inseparable relationship that unites the Virgin to the Church.
Yes, we want to thank you, Virgin Mother of God and our most beloved Mother, for your intercession for the good of the Church. You, who in embracing the divine will without reserve were consecrated with all of your energies to the person and work of your Son, teach us to keep in our heart and to meditate in silence, as you did, upon the mysteries of Christ's life.
May you who reached Calvary, ever-deeply united to your Son who from the Cross gave you as mother to the disciple John, also make us feel you are always close in each moment of our lives, especially in times of darkness and trial.
You, who at Pentecost, together with the Apostles in prayer, called upon the gift of the Holy Spirit for the newborn Church, help us to persevere in the faithful following of Christ. To you, a "sign of certain hope and comfort," we trustfully turn our gaze "until the day of the Lord shall come" ("Lumen Gentium," No. 68).
You, Mary, are invoked with the insistent prayer of the faithful throughout the world so that you, exalted above all the angels and saints, will intercede before your Son for us, "until all families of peoples, whether they are honored with the title of Christian or whether they still do not know the Savior, may be happily gathered together in peace and harmony into one People of God, for the glory of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity" (ibid., n. 69). Amen.
[Translation distributed by the Holy See]
Making Music at Saint Mary Major
While Romans throng the streets, counting down the shopping days until Christmas, the Basilica of St. Mary Major is valiantly attempting to remind Christians what the real countdown is about, the birth of Our Savior.
It is fitting that St. Mary Major, the oldest church in the West dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, built to celebrate the Council of Ephesus' proclamation of Mary as "Mother of God," should lead Romans through their spiritual preparations. For as the feast of the Nativity approaches, thoughts turn to Mary, patiently waiting those last weeks with the Jesus in her womb.
At the beginning of Advent, to heighten the sense of anticipation, the basilica hides its most important relic, the fragment of the manger where the Infant Jesus was placed, behind screen doors. During the Midnight Mass of Christmas Eve, the crib will be returned to view with a grand procession around the church.
A splendid concert at St. Mary Major marked the close of a triad of Marian feasts--the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8, Our Lady of Loreto on Dec. 10 and Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12.
The last step toward readying St. Mary Major for the holidays is eagerly awaited. For on Dec. 15, one of the world's oldest Nativity scenes will be put on public display in a new setting, more than 400 years after the chapel in which it was originally placed was demolished during a restoration project.
The Holy Family and the Three Magi were sculpted by Arnolfo di Cambio between 1290 and 1292. Arnolfo was commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV to restore the ancient oratory of the Crib, a small chapel to the right of the main altar where the relic of the Crib had been kept for centuries.
Nicholas IV, the first Franciscan Pope, wanted to re-create the first Nativity scene, arranged by St. Francis in 1223 in Greccio as a "tableau vivant," with people playing the parts of the saints.
Arnolfo, both architect and sculptor, designed a new space for the relic, adding the figures of the ox and the ass, St. Joseph and the Three Kings. While there must have been a figure of the Virgin and Child, it was destroyed in the 16th century and replaced by the present statue.
The figures, about 3 feet high, were carved in relief against a backdrop painted blue and highlighted to represent a night sky. The relic of the Crib was placed in the center of the arrangement on a disk of purple stone.
The entire chapel was transplanted as a block by Pope Sixtus V when he built the majestic Sistine Chapel for the Blessed Sacrament in 1585. It was placed under the altar in a special crypt, which was only opened on Christmas Eve.
The chapel of the Crib has a special connection with two of the greatest saints of the Roman Counter-Reformation. St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, celebrated his first Mass there and St. Gaetan, founder of the Theatine order, had a vision of the Virgin Mary handing him the Christ Child while praying in the chapel.
But this year, because of necessary restorations to the crypt, the Nativity will be moved to the Museum of St. Mary Major. There, visitors will be able to see the figures with their skillfully carved expressions of joy and wonder, examples of the true spirit of Christmas.
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.
'Go away' painted on monastery's
A religious order's plans to build a community in rural McHenry
County were greeted with heated opposition from neighbors before approval was
granted last summer.
The Virgin Mary First Won Hearts
There's something about Mary. And Jodie McKenna, pictured, knows
what that something is. "She was Jesus' mother, " the 11-year-old from St
Gregory's Primary in Glasgow explains as she prepares to play the aforementioned
mum in her school's nativity play. You can't ask for a more succinct explanation
Clearwater Image Still Popular on
its 10th Yuletide
It's not like it was before, but a steady stream of the faithful still visit
what many believe to be a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary gracing the side
of a former bank building on U.S. 19.
The Ohio-based ministry, which prays for the spiritual well-being of priests,
purchased the building in 2000 after renting it for several years. After last
year's destruction, Shepherds of Christ spent $90,000 to cover the remaining
image with protective glass.
Sure enough, a family from England--with a sister visiting from Africa--was
stocking up on religious items at the gift shop last week.
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