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Mary in Books, Films and Music

The Catholic Film Association in Poland invites you to the Twenty-Third International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival Niepokalanov 2008 organized by the Catholic Film Association and the Franciscans of Monastery Niepokalanov on January 31, 2008.  For further information click into or email Zygmunt Gutowski at

Please note that in previous years both our website, The Mary Page, and our promotional documentary, All Generations Will Call Her Blessed, received awards from this festival.

Radio Maria From The Marian Library

Francesca Franchina, MS. Ed., a long-time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local station for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio.  Called "Francesca and Friends: Why Mary?", the program airs every Wednesday from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST focusing on what is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture.

On Wednesday, January 16, 2008, Francesca Franchina dialogues with Jack Davis about The Blessed Virgin Mary and The Incarnation and Birth of Jesus focusing on the nine days of heavenly preparation of the Blessed Mother in the writings of Mary of Agreda in Mystical City of God, the biographical four volumes dictated by the Blessed Mother. This is the last of a four-part series on the Incarnation and Birth of Jesus Christ.

The broadcast may also be heard on-line at [Click on the BVMary photo ... Scroll down to RADIO MARIA USA (English) ... Click on the windows icon or whichever media program you have on your PC.].  The web site also provides access to some previous broadcasts.  We'll keep you informed about future programs.  An encore of each show is broadcast Monday night from 8:30-9:30 pm EST one week after the original.

Her series, Through the Tummy to the Heart, airs every Tuesday except the first Tuesday from 5:00-5:45 PM on RADIO MARIA WHJM and also online. The series encores Saturdays from 3:00-3:45 pm.  Tune in 88.7 FM (WHJM) in the northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati and on line at from anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments, suggestions at Send email while the programs are going on if you cannot get through or if you are listening outside of the USA. CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

On Tuesday, January 15, 2008, Francesca continues her discussion of "Prayer of the Heart," St. Teresa of Avila’s Prayer; Discalced Carmelite Spirituality; Intercessory Prayer, Prayer of Reparation, Prayer Language of the Holy Spirit, Prayer of Thanksgiving and Adoration. Francesca shares her favorite recipes for Tortellini Soup; Pasta/Cauliflower Soup with Olive Oil and Garlic, and fresh Italian Tuna Salad Verde.

Fran has informed us about a new program on Radio Maria. Thy Kingdom Come, will air on Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 pm EST (2:00-3:00 Central Time).

Father Ed Wade CC (Companion of The Cross) Associate Director of The Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston Texas, Founding Member and First Director of The Fraternity of Priests headquartered in Steubenville, Ohio, hosts a weekly hour program on Radio Maria addressing the fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Marian Teaching in the Roman Catholic Church. Father Ed shares how people of all ages are experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit and utilizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in personal and Church ministries and how lapsed Catholics are returning to the faith in great numbers and being empowered with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Informative and inspiring teachings, lively discussion, engaging talk and more!

Father Ed Wade CC was born in Pennsylvania; Former US Marine; Attended Saint Francis Seminary and participated in the M. Div program. Ordained in 1972 for the diocese of Camden, New Jersey, where he was a parish priest for seven years. He was released from Archdiocesan parish ministry in 1979 to work full time in evangelization giving parish missions and speaking at Catholic Charismatic Conferences at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Gibraltar, Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, Prague, Ireland, Canada and the USA.

Father Ed also worked at the University of Steubenville in student life and evangelization and spent three years in Belfast, North Ireland working with an ecumenical community for reconciliation. He joined the Companions of the Cross Community in 1993. His mission is Marian, magisterial, Eucharistic and charismatic evangelization. Father Ed is the Associate Director of The Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, Texas, the largest Catholic Charismatic Center in the World built at the request of the Bishop of Houston. Marsha Morthland Radio Maria Presenter (Family Spirit Alive! Mondays 11:30-12:30 PM EST) also teaches at the CCC. Radio Maria also broadcasts Hispanic programming in Spanish at the Center to the Houston, Texas area.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Chaminade Day--January 22 (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

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Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, S.M. (1761-1850), Founder of the Marianist Family (Society of Mary, Daughters of Mary Immaculate, and Marianist lay communities/sodalities) was a leading Church protagonist in the French Revolution in and around Bordeaux. Returning from exile in Zaragoza, Spain, he was inspired with a pastoral plan to engage laity and religious in the re-Christianization of France by participating in the apostolic mission of the Blessed Virgin Mary to bring Jesus Christ to all ages and areas of humanity. The challenge of his Marianist spirituality is:

"You are all missionaries of Mary," and she directs us to "Do whatever Jesus tells you" (John 2:5). Chaminade is recognized as the nineteenth-century apostle of Mary.

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Lord Jesus,
thank you for the gift
of William Joseph Chaminade
to the Church.

Thank you, because through him
you gave us the Marianist Family,
source of life and enthusiasm,
a place of freedom, mercy, and creativity.

Thank you, because through him
you called us to live by faith,
in missionary alliance with Mary.

Thank you, because in him
you invite us to be a community
growing in faith, sharing life,
and committed to the mission.

Thank you, because by recognizing his holiness,
you gave us the possibility
of living to the fullest a new time,
full of the brilliance
and audacity of the Spirit
for making the Gospel present.

Thank you, Lord,
for Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.


For more information, click into The Marianist Corner.  Also, note that the University of Dayton is celebrating its Marianist Heritage through February 28, 2008.

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Alumni Update

Discernment Retreat--Learning from the masters, Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Benedict
January 18-20, 2008 at the Saint Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska

Teresa Monaghen, AO, IMRI student and the Moderator of the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates and the National Director of the Pro Sanctity Movement, holds an STB in Theology from Rome and a MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha. Teresa has thirty years experience giving retreats and spiritual direction to people of all ages and backgrounds. She will lead you in an explanation of the Rules of Discernment by St. Ignatius of Loyola and other masters of the spiritual life. Reflection on how to say "Yes" to the Lord in the spirit of Mary will also be included!

A team of clergy and consecrated life members will also present various aspects of discernment, share life stories and give a chance for personal input and reflection. For more information email Teresa at

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New Exhibit!

When Words Become Pictures: Our Lady Calligraphed

The Marian Library gallery is showing the works of Dayton Artist, Ann Bain, from January 15 - March 30, 2008.  A Valentine Reception will be held for the artist in The Marian Library at 7 pm on February 14.  Click here for virtual exhibit.

Visit also our year-long Creche exhibit featuring paper nativities of Bill and Annie Baker and works of Malaika Favorite.

The Marian Library Gallery is located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Free and open to the public, hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or by appointment.  Call 937-229-4214 or 4254.

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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:;;;;;; and  The original address on the University of Dayton site,, 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. highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. includes a Mary Channel on their navbar with articles from The Mary Page. Please visit these sites in return.  We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.

Radio Maria broadcasts from Milan Italy, heard in forty-nine countries; WHJM broadcasts out of Louisiana across USA, including FM 88.7, an affiliate station in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) which airs regular Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday at 11:30 am EST.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Fall 2007 semester concluded on November 9.

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We have updated our Korean-language material (e.g. News through January 14, 2008), our Marian Library Newsletter, and the Marian Sayings of Pope Benedict XVI (through December 31, 2007).  We have also created a new list of Marian Shrines in India and posted the MSA 2008 Call For Papers.

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World's Most Famous Shrine Celebrates 150 Years of Healing
Pope Benedict Announces Visit for May 2008; Website Launched for Media Inquiries
Source: Melinda Henson (, November 5, 2007

The Grotto of Lourdes, located in southern France, is the most visited Christian shrine in the world, attracting over six million pilgrims each year.  The spot where Catholics believe that the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous, a French peasant girl, will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2008.   Lourdes attracts visitors from all faiths seeking healing and spiritual peace. Here visitors bathe in the famous healing waters, uncovered by St. Bernadette during her apparitions.  More than sixty-seven medical cures have been documented by medical experts over the last 150 years.

The principal event for the Lourdes Jubilee Year, running from Dec. 8, 2007 to Dec. 8, 2008, will be the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the shrine at Lourdes at the end of May 2008.  In the United States, the main event will be the celebration of Mass by Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, on February 11, 2008 (the date of the first apparition of the Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette).  This Mass, to be held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., will also mark the World Day of the Sick.

A new website,, has been established to help others learn more about the shrine in Lourdes as well as the Virgin Mary’s apparitions to St. Bernadette.   The website is also designed to help national and international media prepare for the pope’s trip and answer basic questions about the shrine and local celebrations to be held within the United States.  The website is sponsored by Friends of Lourdes USA. Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, is the organization’s Honorary Chairman.

To find out more about Lourdes 150th Anniversary Celebration, go to

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The director and editors of The 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.

The Catholic Veneration of Images
Source: Manila Standard (Philippines), January 15, 2008

Two great feasts dear to many Filipino Catholics are celebrated in January: the feast of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo, and the feast of the Sto. Nino. The celebration of these feasts features the image of Christ carrying his cross, or the images of the Christ Child dressed regally and holding the globe in one hand, or else dressed in various garbs (of a fisherman, a farmer, a policeman, a fireman, etc.). This image-centeredness of the celebrations can either make a person smile with amusement, or make one's forehead crease in worry, especially when, as happens in Quiapo, such a frenzy accompanies the procession that people get injured or die.

It is well known that many born-again Christians attack the Catholic practice of the veneration of images, and have even accused the Church of practicing idolatry, in violation of God's prohibition against graven images stated clearly in the Old Testament. But the Catholic practice of veneration of images has been upheld as legitimate by the Church repeatedly in ecumenical councils such as the Second Ecumenical Council of Nicea (787), the Fourth Ecumenical Council of Constantinople (869-70), and the Ecumenical Council of Trent (in 1563).

The Second Ecumenical Council of Nicaea upheld the use of sacred images of Jesus Christ, the blessed Virgin Mother of God, of the holy angels, and of all the saints and just, giving this as a reason: For, the more frequently one contemplates these pictorial representations, the more gladly will one be led to remember the original subject whom they represent, the more too will one be drawn to it (the original subject represented) and inclined to give it ... a respectful veneration, which, however is not the true adoration which, according to our faith, is due to God alone.

So, in Catholic teaching, sacred images are not adored but are meant to be representations of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the angels or the saints and holy ones of God. The respect and veneration given to these images does not stop at them but is directed rather at the persons they represent. In other words, they are not worthy of veneration in themselves but only by virtue of the persons whom they represent. The images are not someone; they are only something. In venerating them, we venerate not the piece of wood or the material reproduction but the person portrayed.

It must be admitted, though, that sometimes some Catholics consider the image itself as though it were the living person. These two following stories illustrate this point and the mistaken notion entertained in practice by some Catholics.

The story is told that two women went into a parish named after our Lady of Lourdes at a time when the pilgrim image of our Lady of Fatima was in that church. One of the women went straight to the statue of our Lady of Lourdes, the patron saint of the church. Her companion pulled her toward the statue of our Lady of Fatima, saying, "Not there, here. Our Lady of Fatima is more powerful than our Lady of Lourdes."

Another story told by a bishop. There was at one time a procession of the different St. Nino images from the different parts of the Visayas. In the course of the procession, the statue of the St. Nino de Tacloban tilted dangerously. The people shouted, St. Nino de Cebu, save the St. Nino de Tacloban!

It is not wrong to care for sacred images, but they should never be treated as living persons. They are only representations. In fact, the better images of God and of Jesus Christ are living human beings who are all made in the image and likeness of God, and with each of whom Christ identifies himself so that whatever is done to one of the least human person is done to Christ himself. It is more important to care for human beings than to care for wooden or stone images.

The Council of Trent also teaches that sacred images are to be honored and venerated not because it is believed that there is in them anything divine or any power for which they are revered, nor in the sense that something is sought from them or that a blind trust is put in the images as once was done by the Gentiles who placed their hope in idols... but because the honor which is shown them is referred to the original subjects which they represent.

It is to be regretted that many Catholics sometimes have made superstitious use of images, believing perhaps that these images are sources of good luck, or have a power to protect them from evil. Again, the power comes not from the images themselves but from the persons (Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin or the saints) they represent whom we invoke in faith.

Perhaps it will not be amiss in the Philippine setting to warn against the danger of making sacred images tools to project the egos of the owners of the images. The images are so embellished and decorated that their owners take pride in them. Sacred images are not meant for display only, and especially not for competition. Rather, their purpose is (as the prayer of the blessing of images says): so that by looking upon their (the sacred persons') likenesses with the eyes of our bodies, we may with the eyes of our minds remember and be led to imitate their holiness and deeds.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of January with Mary:

The 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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Marian Events

Symposium Sponsored by The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute

Title: Mary in the Life of the Parish

Date: July 21-23, 2008

A compelling Symposium for Priests and Pastoral Ministers will be held at The University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio (overnight accommodations on campus).  Topics will include Catechesis, Liturgy, Outreach, Shrines, Apparitions, and Devotions.  The program will include a concert of contemporary and traditional music, a banquet, and fellowship with parishes from across the Midwest.

For more information please email Father Francois Rossier, S.M. at or phone him or Michelle Foley at 937-229-4214 or click here.

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