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6/1/06

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

To celebrate the month of June 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 June.

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New Resources

A section on international stamps with images of Mary has been added to our About Mary page.  The latest addition was Berlin.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have posted a new Marian poem by Father Kilian McDonnell, In the Kitchen.

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  News from the Marian Library

Current Exhibit

"Madonnas of the Morning Calm," an exhibit of thirty sacred images by Korean artist, O-Sek Bang, will run from May 15 through September 15 at the Marian Library Gallery on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  The exhibit is free and open to the public weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  To view the display outside of normal operating hours, call 937-229-4254.  Click here for a virtual exhibit.

Creches are also on display in our museum.  Patrons with RealPlayer may also view a streaming video showing the sets which were on display during the 2005 Christmas season.

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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: lapagedemarie.org; lapaginademaria.org; 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.

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Web Collaborators

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 sites 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.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Summer 2006 semester will commence on June 19.  The course schedule for the Summer semester is now available.

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Tenth Annual Trinity Arts Conference (TAC)
University of Dallas

Thursday, June 15 through Sunday, June 18

Program:

Keynote speakers will be David Taylor, Dr. James Patrick, Mary Kenagy, Pam Nelson and Claire Holley.

TAC is an annual conference by and for artists of all kinds. Our volunteers, speakers, and workshop leaders come from all areas of artistic endeavor, including sculpture, painting, poetry, film, theater, music, songwriting, prose fiction, and the arts in ministry.

Co-sponsored by Image, University of Dallas, and Christians in the Visual Arts.  For more information click into www.trinityartsconference.com.

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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Month of May
Pope Thanks Mary For Her Protection
Vatican City, June 1, 2006

At 8 p.m. yesterday, the traditional procession marking the end of the month of May wound its way from the Church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians--located near the apse of the Vatican Basilica--to the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens. Hundreds of people participated in the ceremony, which was presided by Archbishop Angelo Comastri, His Holiness' vicar general for Vatican City State.

Benedict XVI arrived at the Grotto at 9 p.m. and, before imparting his apostolic blessing, delivered a brief address.  The Pope first recalled how this year the month of May was "characterized by the arrival of the image of the Virgin of Fatima in St. Peter's Square on the 25th anniversary of the assassination attempt against the beloved John Paul II, and also by my apostolic trip ... to Poland, where I was able to visit the places dear to my great predecessor."

At the Shrine of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, he said, "I understood how much our celestial Protectress accompanies her children's journey, and does not disregard supplications addressed to her with humility and faith. Once again, together with you, I wish to thank her for having accompanied me during my visit to the dear land of Poland. I also wish to express my gratitude to Mary for her support in my daily service to the Church. I know I can rely on her help in all situations, indeed I know that she, with maternal intuition, meets all her children's needs and intervenes effectively in their support."

Benedict XVI then highlighted how in the Virgin Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth--which the Church celebrates today as the Feast of the Visitation of Mary--"the hidden protagonist is Jesus. Mary carried Him in her womb as in a sacred tabernacle. ... Wherever Mary goes, there is Jesus."

"May true Marian devotion never obscure or diminish faith and love for Jesus Christ, our Savior, the only mediator between God and man. ... Let us, then, entrust ourselves to her with filial devotion."

The Pope concluded his address by asking the faithful to pray especially for the forthcoming vigil in St. Peter's Square on Saturday, June 3, when he will meet with new lay movements and communities "those promising groups that have blossomed in the Church following Vatican Council II."

Papal Address in Czestochowa
"Place Yourselves in the School of Mary"
Warsaw, Poland, May 26, 2006

Here is the Vatican translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today to men and women religious, seminarians and representatives of ecclesial movements in Jasna Gora, Czestochowa.

Dear men and women religious, consecrated persons, who moved by the voice of Jesus, have followed him out of love!

Dear seminarians, who are preparing yourselves for the priestly ministry!

Dear representatives of ecclesial movements, who bring the power of the Gospel to your families, to your workplaces, to universities, to the world of media and culture, to your parishes!

Just as the apostles together with Mary "went to the Upper Room" and there "with one accord devoted themselves to prayer" (Acts 1:12,14), so we too have come together today at Jasna Gora, which for us at this hour is the "upper room" where Mary, the Mother of the Lord, is among us. Today it is she who leads our meditation; she teaches us how to pray. Mary shows us how to open our minds and our hearts to the power of the Holy Spirit, who comes to us so as to be brought to the whole world.

We need a moment of silence and recollection to place ourselves in her school, so that she may teach us how to live from faith, how to grow in faith, how to remain in contact with the mystery of God in the ordinary, everyday events of our lives. With feminine tact and with "the ability to combine penetrating intuition with words of support and encouragement" (John Paul II, "Redemptoris Mater," No. 46), Mary sustained the faith of Peter and the apostles in the Upper Room, and today she sustains my faith and your faith.

"Faith is contact with the mystery of God" (John Paul II, "Redemptoris Mater," No. 17), because "to believe means 'to abandon oneself' to the truth of the word of the living God, knowing and humbly recognizing 'how un-searchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways'" (John Paul II, "Redemptoris Mater," No. 14).

Faith is the gift, given to us in baptism, which makes our encounter with God possible. God is hidden in mystery; to claim to understand him would mean to want to confine him within our thinking and knowing and consequently to lose him irremediably. With faith, however, we can open up a way through concepts, even theological concepts, and can "touch" the living God. And God, once touched, immediately gives us his power. When we abandon ourselves to the living God, when in humility of mind we have recourse to him, a kind of hidden stream of divine life pervades us. How important it is to believe in the power of faith, in its capacity to establish a close bond with the living God!

We must give great attention to the development of our faith, so that it truly pervades all our attitudes, thoughts, actions and intentions. Faith has a place, not only in our state of soul and religious experiences, but above all in thought and action, in everyday work, in the struggle against ourselves, in community life and in the apostolate, because it ensures that our life is pervaded by the power of God himself. Faith can always bring us back to God even when our sin leads us astray.

In the Upper Room the apostles did not know what awaited them. They were afraid and worried about their own future. They continued to marvel at the death and resurrection of Jesus and were in anguish at being left on their own after his ascension into Heaven. Mary, "she who believed in the fulfillment of the Lord's words" (cf. Luke 1:45), assiduous in prayer alongside the apostles, taught perseverance in the faith. By her own attitude she convinced them that the Holy Spirit, in his wisdom, knew well the path on which he was leading them, and that consequently they could place their confidence in God, giving themselves to him unreservedly, with their talents, their limitations and their future. ...

Do you remember your enthusiasm when you began the pilgrimage of the consecrated life, trusting in the grace of God? Try not to lose this first fervor, and let Mary lead you to an ever fuller adherence. Dear men and women religious, dear consecrated persons! Whatever the mission entrusted to you, whatever cloistered or apostolic service you are engaged in, maintain in your hearts the primacy of your consecrated life. Let it renew your faith. The consecrated life, lived in faith, unites you closely to God, calls forth charisms and confers an extraordinary fruitfulness to your service.

Dear candidates to the priesthood! So much can be gained by reflecting on the way Mary learned from Jesus! From her very first "fiat," through the long, ordinary years of the hidden life, as she brought up Jesus, or when at Cana in Galilee she asked for the first sign, or when finally on Calvary, by the cross, she looked on Jesus, she "learned" him moment by moment. Firstly in faith and then in her womb, she received the Body of Jesus and then gave birth to him. Day after day, enraptured, she adored him. She served him with solicitous love, singing the Magnificat in her heart.

On your journey of preparation, and in your future priestly ministry, let Mary guide you as you "learn" Jesus. Keep your eyes fixed on him. Let him form you, so that in your ministry you will be able to show him to all who approach you. When you take into your hands the Eucharistic Body of Jesus so as to nourish his people, and when you assume responsibility for that part of the Mystical Body which will be entrusted to you, remember the attitude of wonder and adoration which characterized Mary's faith.

As she in her solicitous, maternal love for Jesus, preserved her virginal love filled with wonder, so also you, as you genuflect at the moment of consecration, preserve in your soul the ability to wonder and to adore. Know how to recognize in the People of God entrusted to you the signs of Christ's presence. Be mindful and attentive to the signs of holiness which God will show you among the faithful. Do not fear future duties or the unknown! Do not fear that words will fail you or that you will encounter rejection! The world and the Church need priests, holy priests. ...

The authenticity of your faith and mission, which does not draw attention to itself but truly radiates faith and love, can be tested by measuring it against Mary's faith. Mirror yourselves in her heart. Remain in her school!

When the Apostles, filled with the Holy Spirit, went out to the whole world proclaiming the Gospel, one of them, John, the apostle of love, took Mary into his home (cf. John 19:27). It was precisely because of his profound bond with Jesus and with Mary, that he could so effectively insist on the truth that "God is love" (1 John 4:8,16).

These were the words that I placed at the beginning of the first encyclical of my pontificate: "Deus caritas est!" This is the most important, most central truth about God. To all for whom it is difficult to believe in God, I say again today: "God is love." Dear friends, be witnesses to this truth. You will surely be so if you place yourselves in the school of Mary. Beside her you will experience for yourselves that God is love, and you will transmit this message to the world with the richness and the variety that the Holy Spirit will know how to enkindle.

Praised be Jesus Christ.

Pope's Words at Kalwaria Shrine
To Pray For John Paul II "as He Requested"
Vatican City, May 28, 2006

Here is the Vatican translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered Saturday when visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Kalwaria, entrusted to the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor.

Dear Franciscan Fathers,

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

During his first journey to Poland, Pope John Paul II visited this shrine and dedicated his address to the topic of prayer. At the conclusion he said: "I ask you to pray for me here during my life and after my death." Today, I wanted to pause for a moment in the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary and, with gratitude, to pray for him as he requested. Following the example of John Paul II, I also turn to you, kindly asking that you pray for me and for all the Church.

I would also like to say, as dear Cardinal Stanislaw said, that I hope Divine Providence will soon concede the beatification and canonization of our beloved Pope John Paul II.

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Dear Lord, tiddley-pom
[Source: The Daily Telegraph (London), March 22, 2006]

Sir:

Linking Swallows and Amazons to the history of Christ (Letters, May 20)? Even a superficial reading of the Winnie the Pooh books will reveal the truth. It is clear that A A Milne, himself a Catholic, casts Christopher Robin as the Christ figure, Pooh as St Peter, Piglet as St John and Eeyore as Doubting Thomas. The Virgin Mary figure is, of course, Kanga.

Simon Sholl
Oxford

A Lady Beloved to Many
[Source: Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2006]

At precisely 7 a.m. the baritone bells dong-dong-donged through downtown Los Angeles, just as a fountain jumped to life and a guard unlocked the Temple Street gate of the nation's largest Roman Catholic cathedral. Cecelia Karikitan stood there waiting.

"I come from Pasadena every Sunday," said the 62-year-old retired cosmetologist, her smile highlighted by red lipstick. "I am devoted to the Virgin Mary, and this is my solemn place."

Formally, it's the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a $200-million, 12-story, freeway-adjacent, concrete-wall and alabaster-window monument to modern worship.

It was built during the clergy sexual abuse scandal and derided by critics as the "Taj Mahony" for Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, who commissioned it and opened its doors to worldwide architectural analysis on a scorching hot day, Sept. 2, 2002.

And not yet four years later, it is Karikitan's solemn place. It's also 27-year-old Christian Gonzalez's new parish, where he has chosen to be married next winter. It's where Robert Rogers, 75, feels as if he "is lifted off the ground" every time he walks through Cathedral Square, the plaza that reminds Carlos Lopez, 39, of "my hometown," Guadalajara, Mexico.

It's apparent that this place enriches the spiritual lives of thousands of Los Angeles Catholics. On this one day in the life of a cathedral built to last five centuries, about 12,000 people would attend four Palm Sunday Masses. Even more are expected to pack Easter services today.

Behind its imposing adobe-colored walls, the cathedral is all at once a tourist destination, a park packed with families, a busy cafeteria and a retail store that can't keep in stock enough bottles of Our Lady of the Angels Merlot.

But it is also a working church.

"I don't see this as a cathedral, I see it as my church," said Susan Sauvagea, 44, a Monrovia elementary school teacher who will soon receive the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. "As big as it is, it gets smaller when you know it. It's actually a very homey, down-to-earth place."

It's where at 7:30 a.m. Luciana Pineda, 75, sat in solitude in the sanctuary. Hunched against a chair, her mitten-covered fingers rolled through rosary beads as her lips moved in silent Hail Marys. She lives in a downtown apartment and worked as a maid all her life.

"As long as I can still walk," she said, "I will come here and pray."

Before each Mass, Lolly Aquino of Highland Park presides over a corps of 200 volunteer ushers and Eucharistic ministers who distribute Communion. All must sign in at a folding table set up in a vesting room, part of the cathedral's blessed back stage.

Three cathedral staffers--Gabriela Esparza Reitzell; her assistant, Jim Devlin; and Sister Maria Corazon--keep the Masses running: ensuring that the Book of Gospels is turned to the right reading for the priest, checking the wireless headset microphones for the priest and lectors, making sure the vestments are in perfect order. Most Sundays, about 8,000 people attend three Masses.

The trio scans the crowd and estimates how many Communion wafers and bottles of wine will be consecrated (eight bottles for a crowded Mass).

Aquino assigns every Eucharistic minister a number. Hand-printed stickers on the sanctuary's limestone floor mark their spots.

When distributing Holy Communion to about 3,000, traffic flow is important -- it must be fast and orderly, but reverent. Ushers direct people to the ministers holding the fullest cups of wine and plates of wafers. The Communion procession at the 12:30 p.m. Palm Sunday Mass, the day's most crowded, clocked in at eight minutes.

Charles Lane, the cathedral cantor, has a unique perspective on a day's services. His job is to look directly into the eyes of the people and invite them to join him in song.

"I really see the face of L.A. I see every kind of people. I see very wealthy people, very poor people, I see all races," Lane said. "This place grows on you, and it's growing in meaning to Los Angeles."


Perhaps the cathedral's Spanish architect, Jose Rafael Moneo, didn't anticipate how hard it is to use charcoal briquettes to fuel a pot of incense. Just try it inside the cathedral and the fire alarm goes off.

On this day, an usher assigned to briquette duty stood outside with a box full of butane lighters, a metal spoon and the censer, the ornate metal container in which incense is burned. Like a backyard barbecue chef, he blew, and he poked the coals until they were burning hot.

Then there's the matter of the incense itself.

It's the cardinal's own special blend of up to seven fragrances that he mixes every month. Inside the cathedral, it's the smoke that matters, the symbol of prayers rising to heaven. To achieve a visibly thick and ascending plume, Mahony favors rock incense, which looks like aquarium pebbles, over powdery brands that burn too quickly.

Anticipating the Palm Sunday crowds, Isaura Villegas, 60, coaxed her 10-member family to leave their home in Corona at 6 a.m. to make it in time for the 8 a.m. Mass, their first visit to the cathedral.

"This is the most sacred place I've ever been in my entire life," Villegas said.

After Mass, the family gathered around the 6-ton, 10-foot-long marble altar and posed and smiled for snapshots.

That's the thing about the cathedral: People are not intimidated to walk into the sanctuary and gently touch the altar.

After one Mass, 15-year-old Elena Mercado walked around the giant cathedral, including the cardinal's ornate chair that symbolizes his pastoral leadership and teaching authority. The teenager couldn't resist. She sat down on it.

"It just got my curiosity. I wanted to try it," she said. Then she looked out into the nave. "You can see everything from this chair! It's got the best view of the building."

Some visitors found a way to make this holy place accommodate an unanticipated cathedral-going need: stroller parking. During the 12:30 Mass, nine strollers were crammed into one chapel decorated with a portrait of Pope John Paul II and the chair and kneeler he used during his 1987 Los Angeles visit.

The Saphire family, on vacation from New Jersey, took in a Mass on Sunday, and planned a tour of Warner Bros. for Monday. But Kathy Saphire, 47, guessed the cathedral would leave the lasting memory. "We've been to St. Peter's, we've been to St. Patrick's," she said, "and never have I had the feeling of warmth that I had in this church."

Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik, cathedral pastor, witnessed the birth of a tradition after the first public Mass on Sept. 3, 2002.

"This elderly woman, she had to be in her 80s, looked up at the cross and said, 'My Jesus!' " he recalled. She walked up to the life-size bronze crucifix behind the altar, kissed the feet of Jesus and "everyone flowed out of the pews and did the same."

Now, after every Mass, scores of people line up in the center aisle to venerate the 6-foot-6 form of the crucified Christ.

Grace Chan, 40, from Hong Kong, stood in line last Sunday weeping. When she reached the cross, she leaned her bowed head into Jesus' shins and sobbed.

Later, Chan explained what she had prayed for:

"I just asked Jesus to forgive me. ... I complain too much, I need patience. ... I asked for more strength."

Sara Carrasco kissed the bronze feet nailed to the cross and looked up into Jesus' face. "That cross makes me feel so close to him. I feel his power, I feel my faith."

Some worshipers reach as high as they can and caress his knees. The human touch has already given a shiny patina to his legs and feet.

By 4:10 p.m. the last person had left the sanctuary and the volunteers had checked out. Janitor Manuel Quintanilla dry-mopped the sanctuary floor.

Sister Maria Corazon put away the last of the cups. Head usher Ruben Garcia teased her, calling the petite nun in a black veil "Super Sacristan." She giggled and punched him in the arm. Devlin took one more peek into the nave. Three people sat alone in the pews, far from each other, where they could stay until sundown when security closes the cathedral.

Devlin punched in a code, locking the doors to the sacristy. And then he flicked off all but a few of the lights in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

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