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Mary in Books, Films and Music
Recent Books About Mary
Brother John Samaha, S.M. recommends the following Marian texts: Behold Your Mother: Priests Speak About Mary (2007), edited by Stephen J. Rossetti and published by Ave Maria Press in Notre Dame, Indiana; and Mary For Evangelicals: Toward an Understanding of the Mother of Our Lord (2006), written by Tim Perry and published by Inter Varsity Press in Downers Grove, Illinois. Copies of each book are the holdings of The Marian Library and are available for loan.
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, April 16, 2008, Francesca Franchina discusses the spiritual explosion experienced in their journey from Orthodox Judaism to Catholicism with Joanne Fuerst RN and her husband Dr. Don Fuerst, MD, focusing on their RCIA Study, experience of Easter Vigil Sacraments and their life since joining the Catholic Church last year, sharing customs and traditions of their Jewish heritage fulfilled in Jesus Christ and Catholicsim.
The broadcast may also be heard on-line at radiomaria.us [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 www.radiomaria.us from anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments, suggestions at email@example.com. 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, April 15, 2008, Francesca continues her discussion on Prayers of Reparation and Mercy, sharing faith with families and youth and Pope Benedict XVI. What you can do to help the world situation, intercession for families, schools, youth. Alice Kompar talks about the young Catholic Family and Home Schooling: How to save souls, and help yourself and family at the same time. Recipes today from Francesca's Italian Kitchen: Italian Style Seafood Stew and Bruschetta.
Father Antonio Larocca, Father Javier Alson, and Teresa Monaghen are in Dayton this week doing research at The Marian Library.
From the Marian Treasure Chest
A Time-honored Wedding Tradition (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)
It has been a custom at the conclusion of a Catholic wedding ceremony for the bride and, perhaps, the groom to go to the statue of the Virgin Mary before the recessional. There the bride presents a bouquet of flowers and offers a prayer to our Blessed Mother, entrusting her marriage to Mary's protection. This custom dates from the seventeenth century.
The Hidden Life of Our Lady, Mary in the Apocryphals
The Marian Library gallery will show the mixed media works of the Jim and Celeste Lauritsen from April until June 27, 2008. From their Tree of Life Studios, the couple works as artists, educators, and craft professionals, drawing upon their faith for inspiration. Jim works in stone and wood, while Celeste uses the softer medium of fabric to convey life's journey. Click here for virtual exhibit.
Visit also our year-long Crèche 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.
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; campus.udayton.edu/mary; 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 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.
International Marian Research Institute Course ScheduleIMRI courses for the Summer 2008 semester are scheduled to commence on June 16, 2008. The course schedule is available online.
We have updated Marian Shrines in England and added a new page on Marian Shrines in the Holy Land. We have also posted a piece on Benedict's U.S. Visit as well as our answer to a new question from a reader: Is There Marian Content in The Sound of Music?.
Pope to Bring Message of Hope to U.S.
Benedict XVI says he is going to the United States to bring the message that Jesus Christ is the hope for all mankind.
The Pope affirmed this in a video message released today and directed to the American people, leading up to his April 15-20 trip. The message assures Americans of the Holy Father's eagerness to visit them, and includes a special message given in Spanish for the country's Hispanic population.
"Before setting off, I would like to offer you a heartfelt greeting and an invitation to prayer," the Pontiff said. "As you know, I shall be able to visit only two cities: Washington and New York.
"The intention behind my visit, though, is to reach out spiritually to all Catholics in the United States. At the same time, I earnestly hope that my presence among you will be seen as a fraternal gesture toward every ecclesial community, and a sign of friendship for members of other religious traditions and all men and women of good will."
Benedict XVI said he is aware of the work that many people have been doing to prepare for the trip and offered his gratitude for their efforts.
"I am especially grateful to all who have been praying for the success of the visit, since prayer is the most important element of all," he said. "Dear friends, I say this because I am convinced that without the power of prayer, without that intimate union with the Lord, our human endeavors would achieve very little. Indeed this is what our faith teaches us. It is God who saves us, he saves the world, and all of history. He is the shepherd of his people. I am coming, sent by Jesus Christ, to bring you his word of life."
The Pope noted the theme that he, together with the U.S. bishops, chose for the journey: "Christ our hope."
"Following in the footsteps of my venerable predecessors, Paul VI and John Paul II, I shall come to United States of America as Pope for the first time, to proclaim this great truth: Jesus Christ is hope for men and women of every language, race, culture and social condition," he said. "Yes, Christ is the face of God present among us.
"Through him, our lives reach fullness, and together, both as individuals and peoples, we can become a family united by fraternal love, according to the eternal plan of God the Father.
"I know how deeply rooted this Gospel message is in your country. I am coming to share it with you, in a series of celebrations and gatherings. I shall also bring the message of Christian hope to the great Assembly of the United Nations, to the representatives of all the peoples of the world."
Speaking in Spanish, Benedict XVI expressed his "spiritual closeness, in particular to the youth, the ill, the elderly and those who are in moments of difficulty or feel themselves in need."
"I express my heartfelt desire to be with you soon in this beloved nation," he added. "In the meantime, I encourage you to pray intensely for the pastoral fruits of my imminent apostolic trip and to keep high the flame of hope in the resurrected Christ."
Rome's Exorcist Gives Inside Look at Devil
Some of the mystery surrounding the devil and exorcism is being unveiled in a television and Internet report series, detailing the work of the exorcist of the Diocese of Rome.
Society of St. Paul Father Gabriele Amorth, Rome's exorcist for the past twenty-one years and a specialist in the figure of Mary, explained in the first edition of the series how he performs exorcisms.
"I go to one of Rome's churches, to a parish that is closed during the day," he said. "There is Mass in the morning and then the church is closed. There I perform the difficult exorcisms. I always work with seven to ten people who help me, and use a small bed. Sometimes we need to tie people down or simply subdue them."
With Christ, the priest said, it is possible to overcome the devil: "The exorcist acts in the name of Jesus and with the strength that comes from Jesus."
Is he real?
The first question Father Amorth addressed in the report is if the devil exists: "I respond with the words of John Paul II, who was once asked this question: 'Your Holiness, I find many bishops who don't believe in the devil.' And John Paul II responded: 'One who doesn't believe in the devil doesn't believe in the Gospel.'
"The devil is an angel, and therefore, a pure spirit created good by God but who perverted himself because he rebelled against God. Therefore, he maintains all the characteristics proper of a pure spirit, such as a very large intelligence, immensely bigger than ours."
The devil is pleased by the way he is generally represented--with wings and a tail, horns, as a bat, etc.--because these images make him seem ridiculous and help people to believe that he does not exist, the exorcist reported.
Medical or spiritual?
Father Amorth suggested that diabolic problems be separated from psychiatric ones, and to do so an exorcist is needed in every diocese to help in discernment.
"Normally when a person experiences these conflicts and problems, the first thing he does is see a doctor and psychiatrist," he said. "It is very difficult to distinguish the devil's action from a psychological problem. The person goes to a psychiatrist and after years of therapy obtains no result.
"Then he begins to suspect that the problem is not a natural one and goes to a conjurer from whom he obtains even greater harm. This is what normally happens. At this point, it is possible that someone more experienced in these matters suggests an exorcist."
The exorcist confirmed that Satan's great foe is the Virgin Mary.
He explained: "On one occasion an exorcist friend of mine asked the devil what most hurts him about Our Lady, what most annoys him. He responded, 'That she is the purest of all creatures and that I am the filthiest; that she is the most obedient of all creatures and that I am the most rebellious; that she is the one who committed no sin and thus always conquers me'."
Father Amorth affirmed that on some occasions, God forces the Prince of Lies to tell the truth; however, the devil's main struggle is to make man fall into sin.
"To lead man towards evil is to make him fall into sin; this is the devil's preferred activity and we are all subject to it from our birth until our death."
According to Father Amorth, Mary is a key figure in the fight against the devil's tricks, especially since she herself was tempted: "Mariology is my field and I have often been asked if Mary was tempted by the devil. Definitely. When? From her birth until her death. But she always triumphed."
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.
UD's chapel renovation committee held two sessions this past weekend to gather community input and convey the process and considerations for the endeavor. Each session included a description of the process with a tentative timeline, education on design essentials for full celebration of the liturgy, an examination of the current limitations of the chapel, discussion of concept possibilities for the renovation, and time for questions, input and feedback from participants.
The first Guiding Concept for the chapel renovation is that the process itself should be a faith-formational experience. We hope that will be true, and we ask you to please keep the committee and the entire process of planning for a chapel renovation in your prayers. Thank you!
The process of renovating the Immaculate Conception Chapel originated with conversations in the fall of 2005 about the development of a new Master Plan for the university. It was clear that the chapel needed to be a priority of the new Master Plan. Since the process of renovating a chapel requires careful study and specialized expertise; and because the chapel is so close to the heart of many, it was determined that a Chapel Renovation Committee would be formed as a sub-committee of the larger Master Planning process.
This Chapel Renovation Committee (CRC) was formed late in the spring of 2007, and consists of twelve members who represent students, staff, faculty, alumni and the Board of Trustees. The committee participated in a workshop in July of 2007 which was designed to make members of the committee familiar with the principles of church renovation and design found in official church documents such as Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship, the Guidelines of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops published in 2000. [ http://www.usccb.org/liturgy/livingstones.shtml#preface].
The CRC has been meeting almost weekly since late August, laying the groundwork for this process. Its first task was to articulate a Vision Statement and Guiding Concepts for the chapel renovation. That document was completed in October. They then held a national search for a liturgical design consultant and in December hired Kenneth J. Griesemer of Albuquerque, N.M. as the liturgical design consultant. ... Mr. Griesemer has worked on a wide variety of church design projects, both new churches and renovations, from small chapels to cathedrals, in forty-five dioceses in the United States. We hired Ken for his expertise and his excellent listening and communication skills, but his deep interest in this project comes in part because he and his family have significant personal history with the University of Dayton. Click here for Ken Griesemer's biography.
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!
Marian Commemoration Days
To celebrate the month of April with Mary:
Celebrating the Easter Season with Mary (starts March 21 in 2008)
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 April.
MSA 2008--The Fifty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Mariological Society of America.
Topic: Cooperation of the Virgin Mary in Redemption
Location: Stonehill College (Easton, Massachusetts)
Date: May 20-23, 2008
For further details, click into the conference brochure (which includes the full program), or visit the MSA website. The Registration Form is also available online (in PDF format, requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader as does the brochure).
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