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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Marian Content in The Shining

Jonathan Harvey, who has contributed material on Mary and Media in the past, informed us of Marian content in a well-known film. Here are the details he provided:

Stephen King's The Shining takes place in a hotel in which many tragedies have happened. It is haunted by the ghosts of many past guests. In the 1997 TV mini-series based on this book (NOT to be confused with the 1980 film of the same novel by Stanley Kubrick) there are multiple scenes of ghosts heard whispering "Hail Mary, full of grace..." though you really only catch it if you turn on subtitles on the DVD. The screenplay to this version was written by King himself, though this does not happen in the novel.

I suppose this is a real Marian reference, since in the Kubrick film I'm not sure that Kubrick was aware that his helicopter footage included a lake names St. Mary's (per the reference of mine you posted earlier some months ago.)

The archival material he is referring to is the February 19, 2008 issue of What's New on The Mary Page.  Let me add that my own research has found that use of the Marian symbol appears to have become a cinematic convention associated with both danger and death.

New Book of Marian Poetry

Carl Winderl, who has contributed Marian poetry in the past, recently published The Way of the Cross/La Via de la Croce, a book of Christian poetry through Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.  The book was nominated by the Conference on Christianity and Literature for their 2008 Book of the Year award.  Mary is beautifully and accurately honored by this splendid collection of poems.  To find more information or to order online go to and then click into New Releases.

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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 stations for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio and WULM (AM 1600) in Springfield, 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, August 6, 2008, Francesca Franchina talks with Dr. Greg Ramey, Ph.D., Child Psychologist at Children's Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, about: raising children in a world that is not permitting children to be children; and youth living beyond their years in dress, entertainment and technology.  To participate in the program call in (during the live show) with comments, experiences, questions 866-333-6279. Toll Free.

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.

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Alumni Update

Michael Duricy, webmaster for The Mary Page, will attend the ESBVM-USA's international ecumenical congress in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as will IMRI graduates Dr. Virginia M. Kimball and Sister Mary Catherine Nolan, O.P.

Bill Quatman, a patron of ML/IMRI, visited The Marian Library on July 30, to research the location of Mary's Dormition.  Rhonda Kasl, Curator of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, will be here doing research on Sacred Spain seventeenth-century Valencia.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Some Saints Comment on Mary (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Irenaeus (+ 202): The knot tied by Eve's disobedience was untied by the obedience of Mary.

Augustine of Hippo (+ 430): His Mother is the entire Church, because by God's grace, she brings forth the members of Jesus Christ, that is to say, those who are faithful to Him.

Therese of Lisieux (+ 1897): Mary is more mother than queen.

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Current Exhibit

The Art of Illustration

The Marian Library gallery will show works of Anne Simoneau from July 1 through September 5, 2008. The Marian Library will arrange the exhibit as a series of clusters, including Mary; the brown scapular, or the brown cloth made famous by Our Lady of Mount Carmel; the Eucharist; Jesus and the saints; and children and families at prayer. For more information, click, into the June 26 article from UD's Campus News Digest.  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) and AM 1600, an affiliate in Springfield, Ohio, which air 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 concluded on August 1, 2008.  A luncheon to celebrate the end of the semester was held on July 30 which included a surprise party to commemorate Clare Jones' twenty-five years of service at ML/IMRI.

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In relation to the season, note that the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA will host an international ecumenical congress in Pittsburgh from August 8-13.

We have added the following new features: Catechesis by Rosary; Our Lady of Fatima in Historical Context; The Virgin Mary in the Qur'an; Names of Marian Icons; and Mary's Legion.

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Cardinal Exhorts Power of Prayer
Leads Rosary to Mark Saint Martha's Feast
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), July 30, 2008

Many neglect to pray because they are not convinced of its importance and effectiveness, the archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica said after leading the rosary on the feast of St. Martha.

Cardinal Angelo Comastri presided at the prayer event Tuesday in the Vatican Gardens, which has been an annual event in the Vatican since 1995.

The cardinal affirmed the need to believe in the power of prayer: "Often we are not convinced of the importance of prayer and that is why we easily neglect it. Above all, we live it with little depth. We must believe that with prayer we can make many people return to the Lord."

Benedict XVI sent a telegram to encourage those present, many of whom work in the Vatican, "to serve Jesus in their brothers, through a generous commitment."

The Benedictine nuns who live in the cloistered Mater Ecclesiae convent in the Vatican joined the participants at the end of the rosary through a Vatican Radio linkup.

"From our silence and our cloistered solitude," Abbess Mother Maria Sofia Cicchetti said in a message, "we transmit to each and every one a word of Christian faith, hope and love."

"And we ask the Virgin Mary, who is the Virgin of silence, of listening and of service to conform us ever more to her Son Jesus and in this way," she continued. "We too, the 'Marthas' and 'Marys,' will be architects of love, peace and unity wherever the Lord places us, to serve the Church and our brothers, so we will be able to be instruments of peace also for the world, so thirsty for peace and unity."

The torchlight procession, organized by the Association of Saints Peter and Paul and by the Vatican Police, wound through the gardens and concluded with the singing of the Salve Regina before the image of the Blessed Virgin of Mercy.

This image was placed in the Vatican Gardens eleven years ago by decision of Pope John Paul II, who at the end of his encyclical Veritatis Splendor invokes Mary with the special title of Mother of Mercy.

Pope to Visit Marian Shrine of Pompeii
Source: Zenit (Pompeii, Italy), July 28, 2008

Benedict XVI will visit the shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary in Pompeii this October.

Bishop Carlo Liberati of Pompeii announced in a communiqué last week that the Pope will celebrate Mass on Oct. 19 at the shrine, and recite a Marian prayer written by Blessed Bartolo Longo (1841-1926).

Longo was a Satanist priest who later repented and became a lay Dominican, dedicating his life to the Virgin Mary. In 1980, Pope John Paul II called the blessed the "Apostle of the Rosary."

Bishop Liberati said Benedict XVI "will entrust himself to the intercession of the Mother of the Lord and to our prayers along with the reflections and conclusions of the Synod of Bishops that will take place at the Vatican in the Marian month of October."

The Synod of Bishops, which will treat the theme "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church," will be held October 5-26 in the Vatican.

The bishop also said that Benedict XVI will pray for "unity in families, fidelity between spouses, courage in the education of children in the faith."

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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 Michelangelo Code
Source: World Jewish Digest (, July 25, 2008

In the heart of the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel is the site of the conclave where every new pope is elected. It is without doubt the holiest chapel in the Christian world, and draws more than four million visitors per year. Most of the world knows it best for its magnificent frescoes painted by the great Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. What has remained a little-known secret, however, is that within this citadel of Christianity lies perhaps the greatest subversive act in the history of art.

Whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, atheist, art lover or merely the curious, almost none of the visitors who enter the Sistine realize that they are gazing upon secret messages embedded by Michelangelo in his artistic masterpiece. They would certainly be surprised to learn that, in the pope's own chapel, Michelangelo employed these secret messages to advocate for a revolutionary change in Christianity's relationship to Judaism, and that the code itself was rooted in the Jewish tradition.

Michelangelo became fascinated with Midrash and Kabbalah as a teenager, studying with private tutors provided by his patron, Lorenzo de' Medici. Using his knowledge of Judaism and its mystical symbols, he later incorporated messages, via painted images, on the chapel's walls dangerously contrary to the teachings of the Church. In this way, he criticized the corrupt spiritual leadership of the time, and condemned the Church's failure to acknowledge its debt to Jewish origins. ...

From the start, Michelangelo had a personal agenda different from that of his patron. In 1508, we know that Pope Julius II ordered Michelangelo to re-plaster and paint the crumbling ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, a demeaning job at that time for any great artist, and especially for Michelangelo, who detested painting and lived only to sculpt. The pope gave him a simple design, a very standard and banal layout of Jesus and Mary at the two ends of the ceiling, surrounded by the Apostles and a common design of geometric shapes in the center. The artist refused, and fought with the pope who, sick and distracted, finally let him develop his own plan. ...

Click here to read the entire article.  Click here for a critique of the theory posted on Zenit [then scroll down to "More Vatican Secrets 'Revleaed'"].

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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 July 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 August.

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Marian Events

A Tribute to Our Lady of Fatima

Title: Fatima USA 2008

Date: August 8, 2008

Location: Retreat House, Maria Stein, Ohio

The Maria Stein Spiritual Center in Maria Stein Ohio will be transformed into Fatima, Portugal to honor the Mother of God on Friday evening, August 8 at 7:30 pm.  Individuals from over thirty parishes will gather for the honor and glory of God in paying tribute to Our Lady of Fatima.  The event will begin with a concelebrated  Mass with the Rev. James Reutter.  After dark, a Blue and White Lighted Rosary will begin to take form on the grounds as each prayer is prayed over the intercom by young and old alike.  The program will conclude with a procession around the grounds.  A statue of Our Lady of Fatima shipped from Portugal will be used for this celebration.

Bring: Rosary, lawn chair, flashlight, and warm clothing

Handicapped parking, bus parking and general parking on the grounds are available.

All priests are invited to concelebrate at the Mass.

For more information click into

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