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Helping Boys Become Men: Interview with Meg Meeker

Boys who never feel they have been accepted and affirmed by a male authority figure may spend the rest of their lives proving to themselves and others that they are worthy of approval, says author and teen-health expert, Dr. Meg Meeker.

Meeker, who has practiced pediatric and adolescent medicine, as well as teen counseling, is the author of Boys Should Be Boys: Seven Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons, from Regnery Publishing. She also wrote Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: Ten Secrets Every Father Should Know.

In this interview with ZENIT, Meeker talks about the important roles of mother, fathers, play and faith in raising healthy sons.

Q: What made you write this book and for whom is it written?

Meeker: After the release of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, I was overwhelmed by many men's response to the positive nature of the book. In short, many wrote and said, "Thank you for saying something positive about us." I realized that there was a strong anti-male sentiment in America, but I didn't realize the depth and breadth of it.

I also realized that if men felt such negativity directed toward them, that this very negativity must have trickled down into the lives of younger men and boys. I wanted to find out. So, I began research on boys, and, lo and behold, I realized some alarming things that are happening to them.

For instance, I found that a lower percentage of boys graduate from high school and college than girls. They are also seven times more likely to be diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder than girls and are much more frequently labeled as learning disabled, or troubled, than girls--particularly in the early elementary school years.

I wrote this book to parents, educators, grandparents and anyone who loves boys, in order to sound the alarm that we need to be paying closer attention to how our boys are being influenced, spoken to, educated and raised.

We have too long championed girls' successes in academics and athletics, and boys have been neglected. In fact, they have become casualties of the war, if you will, to further the cause of girls and women and have been losing out for a good twenty years now. ...

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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, November 12, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Ed Wade, CC of Houston, Texas, Tanya Stager of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and Beth Lang-Sletten and Carolyn MacKenzie, of Dayton, continuing the dialogue initiated last week on Radio Maria's THY KINGDOM COME with Father Wade and Maryknoll priest, Father Joe Healey of Nairobi, Kenya focusing on the mission and spread of Small Christian Communities in the USA and throughout the world, focusing on the recent World Synod of Bishops, the recent emphasis by Pope Benedict XVI on Bible Study and the upcoming Archdiocese of Cincinnati Conference on Small Christian Community Formation, at Incarnation Parish Family Center, Far Hills Avenue on Saturday November 15, 2008. For registration information, email or call 513-421-3131.

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, November 11, 2008, Francesca Franchina salutes our United States of America Veterans and our current military troops around the world. Francesca also will discuss the meaning and intercessory prayer events for All Souls Day, The Souls in Purgatory, and Intercessory Prayers of the Faithful. Fran shares the recipe of Saint Martin Bones, traditional Sicilian cookies baked and eaten for the Feast of All Souls Day.

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Alumni Update

Gloria Falcao Dodd, a graduate of IMRI, recently had the following paper published by the Academy of the Immaculate, "A Pre-Vatican II Theology of Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces" in Mary at the Foot of the Cross VII: Coredemptrix, therefore Mediatrix of All Graces--Acts of the Seventh International Symposium on Marian Coredemption.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Praying to Mary, Our Christian Heritage (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)

Praying to and with Mary is part of our Christian heritage.  We praise her and pray to her in the Liturgy, the official prayer of the Church, and in private devotion. Mary is "the glory of [the heavenly] Jerusalem,  ... the surpassing joy of [the new] Israel, ... the splendid boast of our [Christian] people."  (Judith 15:9)  Pope Paul VI explained the theological basis for Marian prayer in  his apostolic exhortation on devotion to Mary.

The Church's norm of faith requires that her norm of prayer should everywhere blossom forth with regard to the Mother of Christ.  Such devotion to the Blessed Virgin is firmly rooted in the revealed Word and has solid dogmatic foundations.

It is based on the singular dignity of Mary, Mother of the Son of God, and therefore beloved Daughter of the Father and Temple of the Holy Spirit--Mary, who because of this extraordinary grace, is far greater than any other creature on earth or in heaven.  (Marialis Cultus, 1974, n. 56)

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Last Chance To See Current Exhibit!

The Seasons of Our Lady

The Marian Library gallery will show works of Linda Schäpper of Orlando, Florida from September 15, 2008 through November 15, 2008.  Click to view a summary or 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.

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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 Fall 2008 semester will conclude on November 14. The course schedule is now available.

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We have updated our Directory of Twentieth-century Apparitions.

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Pius XII Saw "Miracle of the Sun"
Handwritten Note Reveals Pope's Experience
Source: Zenit (Rome), November 4, 2008

According to his own testimony, the Pope who declared the dogma of the Assumption saw the "miracle of the sun" four times.

This information is confirmed by a handwritten, unpublished note from Pope Pius XII, which is part of the "Pius XII: The Man and the Pontificate" display. The display opened in the Vatican to the public today and will run through Jan. 6.

A commissioner of the display and a Vatican reporter for the Italian daily Il Giornale, Andrea Tornielli, explained to ZENIT that the note was found in the Pacelli family archives. It describes the "miracle of the sun," an episode that until today had only been affirmed by the indirect testimony of Cardinal Federico Tedeschini (1873-1959), who recounted in a homily that the Holy Father had seen the miracle.

Pius XII wrote, "I have seen the 'miracle of the sun,' this is the pure truth."

The miracle of the sun is most known as the episode that occurred in Fatima, Portugal, on Oct. 13, 1917. According to the Fatima visionaries, Mary had said there would be a miracle that day so that people would come to believe. Thousands had gathered at the site of the visions, and the sun "danced," reportedly drying instantaneously the rain-soaked land and spectators.

Confirming the dogma

Pius XII's note says that he saw the miracle in the year he was to proclaim the dogma of the Assumption, 1950, while he walked in the Vatican Gardens.

He said he saw the phenomenon various times, considering it a confirmation of his plan to declare the dogma.

The papal note says that at 4 p.m. on Oct. 30, 1950, during his "habitual walk in the Vatican Gardens, reading and studying," having arrived to the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, "toward the top of the hill [...] I was awestruck by a phenomenon that before now I had never seen."

"The sun, which was still quite high, looked like a pale, opaque sphere, entirely surrounded by a luminous circle," he recounted. And one could look at the sun, "without the slightest bother. There was a very light little cloud in front of it."

The Holy Father's note goes on to describe "the opaque sphere" that "moved outward slightly, either spinning, or moving from left to right and vice versa. But within the sphere, you could see marked movements with total clarity and without interruption."

Pius XII said he saw the same phenomenon "the 31st of October and Nov. 1, the day of the definition of the dogma of the Assumption, and then again Nov. 8, and after that, no more."

The Pope acknowledged that on other days at about the same hour, he tried to see if the phenomenon would be repeated, "but in vain--I couldn't fix my gaze [on the sun] for even an instant; my eyes would be dazzled."

Pius XII spoke about the incident with a few cardinals and close collaborators, such that Sister Pascalina Lehnert, the nun in charge of the papal apartments, declared that "Pius XII was very convinced of the reality of the extraordinary phenomenon, which he had seen on four occasions."

Son of Our Lady

Tornielli told ZENIT that there was always a close link between the life of Eugenio Pacelli and the mystery of the Virgin Mary.

"Since childhood," he said, "Eugenio Pacelli was devoted [to Our Lady] and was registered in the Congregation of the Assumption, which had a chapel close to the Church of Jesus. A devotion that seemed prophetic, since he would be precisely the one to declare the dogma of the Assumption in 1950."

The future Pope celebrated his first Mass on April 3, 1899, at the altar of the icon of Mary "Salus Populi Romani" in the Basilica of St. Mary Major. "And then," Tornielli continued, "Eugenio Pacelli received episcopal ordination from Pope Benedict XV in the Sistine Chapel on May 13, 1917, the day of the first apparition of the Virgin of Fatima."

As Pope, in 1940, he approved the Fatima apparitions, and in 1942, consecrated the entire world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

As well, Pius XII often spoke with Sister Lucia, the visionary of Fatima, and he asked her to transcribe the messages she received from the Virgin. He thus became the first Pope to know the "third secret of Fatima," which Pope John Paul II would later make public.

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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.

Vandal Breaks Into Church
Source: New Straits Times (Malaysia), November 6, 2008

A vandal broke into the compound of a thirty-year-old Catholic church in Jalan Kuala Krai here on Tuesday night and damaged a grotto containing the statue of the Virgin Mary.

The grotto is located at the side of the Our Lady of Fatima main church building.

Convent superior, Sister Caroline Gan, said one of the nuns, Sister Mary Ng, who lived in a nearby convent had heard sounds of shattering glass outside the building around 11:30 pm and went out to check.

She saw a man, believed to be in his twenties, climbing over the main gate and running away. On checking, she saw the glass of the grotto had been smashed. The base of the one-meter statue was broken and it had nearly toppled over.  Gan said this was the first such incident at the church.

A police team was at the church to investigate the incident following a police report.

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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!

Please note that we recently celebrated a milestone, with over one-thousand individuals now signed up on our Prayer Circle!

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of November 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 November.

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Marian Events

Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) Presents

Title: Images of Mary: Contemporary Best Sellers

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008, 7-9 pm

Location: Si Lounge, Sieben Hall, Mount Saint John, Dayton, Ohio

What images of Mary found in contemporary North American Novels and the Wisdom books of Scripture can inspire us to live for justice, peace and the integrity of creation?  Come and explore with members of the Marianist Family, MEEC community, and biblical and Marian scholar, Father Francois Rossier, SM.  Featured excerpts include Mary of Nazareth: A Novel by Marek Halter (2008), The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (2002), and Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Diane Schoemperlen (2001).

The evening will include presentation, prayer, personal reflection, group sharing, and refreshments.  Free will offerings accepted.  RSVP by November 11 by emailing or calling 937-429-3582.  For map, directions, and more information on this and other events click into

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