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Bible Film on DVD
Son of Man, a recent film which won major awards while telling the life of Jesus [and Mary] in an African setting, will be available on DVD to UK residents in Region 2 PAL format starting November 3, 2008. For more details, or to pre-order the film, click into sonofmanmovie.com.
In other media news, note that Marianists commemorate Our Lady of the Pillar on October 12. Click here to see a video of the Basilica in Zaragoza.
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.
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.
Rather than its regular schedule, Radio Maria will host a live Mariathon all week. Fran Franchina will appear on Fatherhood Speaks with Andrew Cole on Tuesday, October 14 from 3-4 pm. She will also be interviewed by Father Duane Stenzel, OFM, Priest-Director of Radio Maria USA on Thursday, October 16, 2008 from 8-9 am.
Father Antonio Larocca and Father Javier Alson from Venezuela will visit The Marian Library in Dayton, Ohio from October 16 - November 4, 2008 to continue their research. Laura Morrison, another IMRI student, will be here on Saturday, October 18.
Michel Forest, an artist from Montreal arrived on October 13 and will remain in Dayton for two weeks preparing this year's creche exhibit.
From the Marian Treasure Chest
The Legion of Mary Responds to Mary's Call (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)
From time to time we hear about the Legion of Mary. The Legion of Mary has a strong presence in our area. What is the Legion of Mary? How does it respond to Mary’s call for assistance in the Church's mission? And what is the source of their phenomenal effectiveness and growth into the Church's largest lay apostolic organization?
The Legion of Mary was born on the first vespers of the Nativity of Mary, September 7, 1921, in Dublin, Ireland.
At the invitation of Frank Duff (1889-1980) several people had arranged to meet in a building named Myra House. The group was comprised of a priest, Father Michael Toher, an employee at the ministry of finances, some fifteen women, almost all office workers or store employees, and Frank Duff. They wished to devote themselves to an active spiritual apostolate, similar to that of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. They met around a table on which had been placed a statue of the most Blessed Virgin.
After the recitation of the Veni Sancte Spiritus and the rosary, Duff spoke of the discovery he had just made of the Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin by St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716). His first reading of it had repelled him. The language of holy slavery was strange. But the doctrine of the universal mediation of Mary had struck him and he was convinced that that doctrine is the source of life. He was determined to draw out of the Marian mediation its apostolic consequences. With contagious ardor he explained to the members assembled there that a sincere devotion toward Mary must be active: it obliges us to work for Mary, to help her save the souls for whom she had suffered so much. A century after St. Louis de Montfort, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade (1761-1850) would present this doctrine in the more appealing language of filial commitment to Mary. In the twentieth century Mary’s apostolic mission and our participation in it would be popularized Marianist Father Emile Neubert S.M., with whom Frank Duff has extensive correspondence.
It was decided that they would go, two by two, to visit the United Hospital of Dublin to give spiritual encouragement to the patients and that, on the following week, they would return to the Myra House to give a report on the results and to receive new tasks. Gradually the group grew and organized itself. It took the name of Legion of Mary because it was efficiently organized like a Roman legion. In this way, it avoided giving the group an Irish or local identity, since it meant to extend itself to all the countries of the world.
A lay apostolic organization under Church guidance, the Legion's twofold purpose is the spiritual development of its members and advancing the reign of Christ in cooperation with Our Lady.
SpiritualityThe Handbook (titled Legio Mariae) states that "the spirit of the Legion is the spirit of Mary herself." Three qualities of Mary, above all, should capture the attention of the Legionary: 1) her role of mediatrix of all graces; 2) her Immaculate Conception; 3) her spiritual maternity in our regard.
The Handbook affirms:
The devotion of the Legion is the foundation of its apostolate. One of the duties the Legion has especially at heart is to manifest this ardent devotion toward the Mother of God. (Handbook, p. 22) ... True devotion to Mary achieves its full development only in union with her. Union necessarily signifies community of life. Now, Mary’s life does not consist chiefly in receiving admiration, but in communicating grace (Handbook, p. 32) ... Our Lady could declare: "I am the Apostleship," just as truly as she said: "I am the Immaculate Conception." (Handbook, p. 32)
It is to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the apostolate, to whom the Legionaries make their promises. But the Holy Spirit never acts without Mary and always acts for Mary.
Growth came slowly for the Legion. Five years after its foundation, it was still confined to the limits of the Archdiocese of Dublin. But, then, declared Cardinal Leon Suenens in a report about the Legion in 1950, "behold, a tempest blast arose: in 1927, the Legion began to move into all the dioceses of Ireland; in 1928, it crossed the seas and took root in Scotland." Then, in 1929, England opened its gates to it. In 1931, it entered America; in 1932, Australia; in 1933, Africa; in 1937, Asia, through China; in 1940, the Philippines; in 1948, Japan.
There are now millions of active and auxiliary members of the Legion. It is, in fact, difficult to give exact figures, for what is valid today may be too small tomorrow. At the end of 1953, the tessera was being prayed in some seventy languages. A report from Dublin at the end of February 1956, noted:
The Legion is working in more than nine-hundred dioceses, with an increase of about two per week. On the average, a new praesidium is formed every day in the Belgian Congo, in the Philippines, in Central America. Last year, 150 praesidia were founded in 150 days. Other places also show numbers just as elevated.
The only part of the world where the Legion did not exist in the mid and latter twentieth century is the "Russian part," that is, Russia itself and the adjacent countries behind the iron curtain. Of course, it is possible that the Legion existed in secret in those countries, but there was no information verifiable at that time.
All the Vatican apostolic nuncios and delegates then and now are in favor of having the Legion in the countries where they serve.
Today the Legion of Mary is found in about 170 countries, and numbers more than three million members and many more auxiliary members. It is believed to be the largest lay apostolate organization in the Church.
The Servant of God Frank Duff, whose cause for canonization was introduced in 1996, guided the worldwide extension of the Legion until his death in 1980. At the invitation of Pope Paul VI, he served as a lay observer at the Second Vatican Council.
The Legion's apostolate is universal. It is obedient to Mary's word to the servants at Cana: "Do whatever he tells you." He, that is, Christ, through the voice of his representatives. Visits to the elderly, to the sick, to lepers, to the poor, to the imprisoned; catechetical work; taking parish census; recruitment to the sodalities and other apostolic works; moral rescue of children and adults, of prostitutes; preparation for First Communion; re-validation of marriages; care of immigrants; retreats for military personnel, for Protestants; apostolate to assist itinerants; classes for North Africans; conversions of non-Catholics: Protestants (in great number), schismatics (work has begun), Muslims (with success on some points), Buddhists (numerous conversions), communists (many have become dedicated apostles of Christ).
In the name of Mary, the Legion has accomplished marvels from its beginning, and continues to do so every day. This can easily be seen by reading the Bulletins and other Legion periodicals. The Chinese communists have learned, to their chagrin, and have taught the entire world the temper of the apostolic courage with which Mary is able to arm her Legionaries.
Presently the Legion of Mary is the most spectacular proof of the apostolic mission of the Immaculate Virgin and of the effectiveness of an apostolate carried out in her name.
What is the secret of this great fruitfulness of the Legion of Mary? It is the result of both natural and supernatural causes. The natural causes are suppleness in its works and immutability in its method and system. The supernatural causes are its spirituality of prayer and sacrifice, and its total dependence on Mary.
Totally with, for, and by Mary
But it is, above all else, a very special confidence in Mary that confers on the Legion's activity effectiveness that often borders on the miraculous. This was already mentioned with reference to the Legion's devotion to the Immaculate Conception. But we must say more about it, for it is the most important facet. The Handbook comes back to it repeatedly:
Under the inspiration of this love and this faith in Mary, her Legion undertakes no matter what kind of work, without ever saying that it is impossible, for it believes that everything is possible and acceptable to it. (Handbook, p. 13)
The Legion bears, with inexpressible pride, the name of Mary. A Marian organization, it is based on the unlimited confidence of a child toward this good Mother, a confidence which it believes she will fortify by implanting it deeply into the heart of each one. In this way, it has members who work together with the greatest possible harmony of loyalty and discipline ... Mary, then, will be willing to use her institution to accomplish in souls her work of Mother and to continue her unending task: to crush victoriously the head of the infernal serpent. Would we be wrong to trust in her? (Handbook, p. 24)
These Legionaries find the nourishment of their trust in the daily prayers, in the weekly meeting, in the report on their confreres’ successes, in the items of the Bulletin and other Legion periodicals. They try, they succeed, their trust is strengthened.
If the contemporaries of Jesus had enough faith to obtain miracles--and they were not saints!--it was because they saw through all the miracles that it sufficed to ask with faith in order to obtain. The sight of the apostolic marvels produced in the name of Mary by the Legionaries' confreres throughout the world convinces them that she will do for them as she does for others, provided they act in her name. One fights with confidence when seeing that one is a soldier in an army that is always victorious because an invincible leader directs it.
The Seasons of Our Lady
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International Marian Research Institute Course ScheduleIMRI courses for the Fall 2008 semester commenced on October 13! The course schedule is now available.
Pope to Give Golden Rose to Our Lady of Pompeii
Benedict XVI will give a golden rose to Our Lady of Pompeii during a visit to her shrine scheduled for Sunday.
According to the program released today by the Holy See, the Pope will leave the Vatican by helicopter and arrive in Pompeii to celebrate Mass in the plaza outside the shrine.
Then, the Holy Father will offer a prayer to the Virgin and present her with a golden rose. He will then pray the midday Angelus.
His schedule for the one-day visit includes lunch with the bishops of the region, including Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, archbishop of Naples, who has just returned from a pilgrimage to Moscow, where he was invited by Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II.
Afterward, the Bishop of Rome will return to the plaza outside the shrine to pray the rosary and then will return to the Vatican by helicopter.
According to Archbishop Carlo Liberati, prelate of Pompeii, the Pope is expected to "entrust to the intercession of the Mother of the Lord the reflections and conclusions of the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is under way in Rome and focused on the word of God in the life and mission of the Church."
The Pompeii shrine was built in 1876 by Blessed Bartolo Longo, a promoter of devotion to the rosary. The shrine has an image of Our Lady to which many miracles and healings have been attributed.
Pope John Paul II made the most recent papal visit to the shrine, journeying there in 2003 to mark the 125th anniversary of the church's dedication.
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Korean Artist Clara In Receives Award
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Marian Commemoration Days
To celebrate the month of October 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 October.
Chanted Mysteries of the Rosary: The Joyful Mysteries
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Location: Saint Timothy Church, 10425 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
All are welcome to pray and chant the Holy Rosary. Dimmed lighting, a small Marian shrine, and incense help deepen the contemplative nature of this communal service led by the Saint Timothy Choir, Clarinet, Organ and Hand Chimes. For more information phone Frank Echeverry at 310-474-1216.
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