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Mary in Books, Films and Music

New Book on Mother Teresa and Our Lady

On April 24, Zenit published an interview on the topic in Tijuana, Mexico.  Below are excerpts.

The secular press recently was full of articles on how Mother Teresa had a "crisis" of faith for decades, but the untold story is how Mary sustained Mother Teresa during that time.

For insight, ZENIT turned to Missionary of Charity Father Joseph Langford, cofounder with Mother Teresa of her community of priests, the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, and author of Mother Teresa: In the Shadow of Our Lady, published by Our Sunday Visitor.

Father Langford told ZENIT how Mother Teresa clung to Our Lady throughout her dark night, and how we can grow closer to Mary by following Mother Teresa's example.

Q: What made you decide that now would be a good time to tell this part of Mother's story?

Father Langford: The decision to publish In the Shadow of Our Lady and to reveal more of Mother Teresa's inner life grew out of the convergence of two events: the tenth anniversary of her passing, and the recent controversy over her "dark night" of soul.

Given the confusion being created around Mother Teresa and her legacy, it seemed important to reveal another dimension of the true light and beauty of God's work in her soul--a light that shone all the more brightly through her heroic faith. ...

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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 30, 2008, Francesca Franchina continues her discussion with Jack Davis focusing on activities of Our Lady and Our Lord Jesus Christ after His Resurrection, preparing for the Ascension as dictated by the Blessed Virgin Mary and written by Mary of Agreda in City of God: The Divine History and Life of The Virgin Mother of God; translated from the original Spanish by Fiscar Marison (aka Rev. Geo J. Blatter). This is part of a continuing series on the four volumes of City of God.

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, April 29, 2008, Francesca discusses May, Mary's Designated Month; The First Novena: Holy Spirit Prayer; The National Novena to the Holy Spirit in preparation for Pentecost, and the New Pentecost. Recipes today from Francesca's Kitchen: Italian Style Shrimp and Rice Ragout and Italian Olive Salad.

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Alumni Update

Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, vice president of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and IMRI graduate, will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Society at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia [suburb of Washington, D.C.] on May 10 at 10 am.  Dr. Kimball will speak on “Mary, the Mother of Christ: How can today’s young adults relate to Mary’s motherhood?”  As a professor of Mariology for over ten years and as the mother of nine children, six of them now young women with careers and family, she speaks from experience in considering this question.  Dr. Kimball will address the problem of radical feminism, today’s secular world and its impact on women’s lives, economic pressures that make it hard for today’s young adults and young married couples to realize the vocation of Christian family and parenthood.  She will probe how contemporary viewpoints influence young women in their understanding of the motherhood of Mary and their own call to motherhood.  What can people who love Mary say to these young adults?  How do we explain Mary to this contemporary Christian world?  How does Mary give them hope?

ESBVM is open to all who are interested to attend.  The ESBVM-UK has just published a new collection of ecumenical papers on the Virgin Mary, entitled Mary for Time and Eternity, published by Gracewing Publishers in England.  Dr. Kimball contributed to this collection with a paper entitled "The Immaculate Conception in the Ecumenical Dialogue with Orthodoxy: how the term theosis can inform convergence." Dr. Kimball is an adjunct professor of Theology at Assumption College in Worcester, MA.  Also, she is a past president of the Mariological Society of America.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Popular Marian Devotions (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

In a spring 2007 survey of Catholic adults made by LeMoyne College/Zogby, many U.S. Catholics said they frequently participate in devotions honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The survey yielded the following results about the frequency of engaging in popular Marian devotions.

Daily                     25%
Weekly                 16%
Monthly                16%
Few times a year   22%
Never                    19%

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Current Exhibit

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.

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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 Summer 2008 semester are scheduled to commence on June 16, 2008.  The course schedule is available online.

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With Mary's month approaching, we encourage you to review May, Mary's Month, Marian Coronation.  Also, we have updated Marian Shrines in the United States, The Marianist Corner, and Korean-language News (through 4/28/2008).

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Young People: Respond Courageously to the Lord's Call
Source: VIS (Vatican City), April 26, 2008

Made public today was a Letter from the Pope addressed to Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, archbishop of Paris, France, to mark the hundredth anniversary of an annual pilgrimage by young people from the province of Paris. This year's pilgrimage, which took them to Lourdes, was held from April 22 to 27.

In his Letter to the cardinal, who is also president of the Conference of Bishops of France, the Holy Father mentions the fact that 2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous in the grotto of Massabielle.

Benedict XVI calls on young people to imitate Mary's response when she was "invited to follow an amazing yet disconcerting journey. Her readiness led her to experience a joy of which all previous generations had sung," he writes.

"Our 'yes' to God", the Pope continues, "makes the font of true happiness gush forth. It frees the 'I' from everything that closes it in on itself. It brings the poverty of our lives into the richness and power of God's plan, without restricting our freedom and our responsibility. ... It conforms our lives to Christ's own life."

The Holy Father then encourages the young "enthusiastically to celebrate the joy of loving Christ and of believing and hoping in Him, and trustingly to follow the path of initiation you have before you. I particularly invite you," he writes, "to take up the witness of your ancestors in the faith, and to learn to welcome the Word of God--in silence and meditation--so that it can mould your hearts and produce generous fruits in you."

This pilgrimage, Pope Benedict concludes, "is also a good time to allow yourselves to be asked by Christ: 'What do you want to do with your lives?' May those among you who feel the call to follow Him in the priesthood or in consecrated life--as have so many young participants in these pilgrimages--reply to the Lord's call and put yourselves totally at the service of the Church, with a life completely dedicated to the Kingdom of heaven. You will never be disappointed."

Pope Backs Search for Spiritual Moms for Priests
Lends His Support to Clergy Congregation
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), April 22, 2008

Benedict XVI gave his support to an initiative from the Congregation for Clergy that called for spiritual mothers for priests and Eucharistic adoration for their sanctity.

The Pope, who repeatedly stressed the need for holy priests during his trip to the United States last week, expressed his approval of this project promoted by the Vatican's clergy dicastery.

In a letter sent to the congregation through the Holy Father's secretary of state, the Pope expressed his "personal satisfaction to the Congregation of the Clergy for the initiative [...] titled 'Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity,' which is currently spreading throughout the world."

The note further assured that the Pontiff is "grateful for the thoughtful action and the sentiments that the congregation has suggested, and hopeful that the love and devotion to the Eucharistic Lord and devotion to Mary, Mother of Christ the High Priest, might give new fervor to the life and the apostolate of priests."

Benedict XVI imparted his apostolic blessing "as a seal of that hope," the congregation reported.

The initiative was announced last Dec. 8 by the prefect and secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Cláudio Hummes and Mauro Piacenza, respectively.

It called for people willing to begin and maintain twenty-four-hour Eucharistic adoration for the priesthood and for "consecrated feminine souls" ready to become spiritual mothers of priests.

The Web site from the dicastery offers explanations and resources both for the campaign to begin Eucharistic adoration and for those who would like to be spiritual mothers of priests, following the example of the Virgin Mary.

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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.

Doctor Hears Virgin Mary's Heartbeat on Image
Source:, April 14, 2008

Doctor Margaret Pasakas placed her stethoscope on the heart of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Joseph Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. To her utter astonishment she heard a human heartbeat and knelt down in tearful veneration. The Missionary Image is a full-size 4’x6’ digital copy of the original Miraculous Image that the Virgin Mary left on Saint Juan Diego’s cloak in Mexico on December 12, 1531. It was displayed for veneration during a Visitation to the hospital's chapel. The Image has journeyed on Visitations throughout the world and in each state of the United States in over one thousand parishes. It has received the veneration of hundreds of thousands. Many signs, wonders, conversions, healings, reconciliations and graces have been reported. Mary's heartbeat is a sign of her love for us, her spiritual children. During the Visitation to Reading over two-hundred venerators felt the heartbeat of an unborn child in the pregnant womb of the Virgin Mary in the image. Many others throughout the United States have felt this sign. It is a sign that life begins at conception and is not a "choice" for the mother because God, the Author of Life, has already chosen the child for life. Other signs manifested by God through the Missionary Image are tears of oil from Mary's eyes, three-dimensional pregnancy, the opening of her eyes and the aroma of roses. During the Reading Visitation, the Image also visited churches, a nursing home, and a school and was processed through the city streets to an abortion center.

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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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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of May 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 May.

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Marian Events

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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