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It is with great sadness that we inform you that Father Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm., a longtime friend of The Marian Library and IMRI, passed away on November 15, 2008. He had not been well for many months. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Epiphany Cathedral Chapel [350 Tampa Ave. W. in Venice, Florida], with services to follow at Epiphany Cathedral Chapel, and burial to follow at Venice Memorial Gardens. Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Venice Chapel, has been selected to handle the arrangements. For details click into legacy.com/HeraldTribune/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=120346203.
Mary in Books, Films and Music
New CD on Mary by IMRI Professor
Father Bert Buby, S.M., long-time Professor at the International Marian Research Institute, has produced an excellent CD on Mary in Scripture, Tradition, and Doctrine. The Marian Library plans to obtain a copy for our holdings and to stock some copies for purchase by interested patrons. Under consideration for the future is a similar CD by Father Buby on Revelation.
Since Father Buby has been involved in Jewish/Christian dialog for years, please also note that an edifying performance of Schubert's Ave Maria by The Moscow Male Jewish Choir, "Hasidic Cappella," has been posted on YouTube.
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 19, 2008, Francesca Franchina speaks with Sr. Celia Chua, MIC (Missionary of the Immaculate Conception) of Taiwan, China and Jim Flynn, member of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers, regarding their common experience of Our Lady of Lourdes, France and their recent travel to Lourdes. Discussion continues focusing on Catholicism in China, the mission of spiritual formation and evangelization in the Catholic Church throughout the world, and the place and mission of Mariology in the world today. CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.
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, November 18, 2008, Francesca Franchina continues discussion on faith-sharing through establishing small church communities (SCC) with families and youth focusing on what you can do to help the world situation.
Francesca is always cooking up good things to eat and talk about. Today she shares ideas from the recent SCC Archdiocese of Cincinnati Conference on Making a Difference in the Parish and favorite family recipes from her Italian kitchen: Pasta with Sausage, Peppers and Onions and Pasta with Scampi (Shrimp).
From the Marian Treasure Chest
The Gospel Strung on Beads (by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.)
Most persons recognize the rosary as a sign of Christian faith. Not long ago TIME magazine used the image of a rosary overlapping a DNA model to introduce the cover story about "God vs. Science."
The rosary is certainly one of the oldest, most popular, and most loved devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Joseph Haydn, eighteenth-century composer, always carried his rosary with him and prayed it. So did Louis Pasteur, world-famous scientist. Literary giant Geoffrey Chaucer, fourteenth-century, had his portrait painted holding a rosary. Throughout all his life Martin Luther prayed the rosary. Undoubtedly this was the favorite prayer of Pope John Paul II. Rosaries hang from rearview mirrors in cars, and are hung on statues. In Latin cultures they are worn around the neck, and Rosario is a common name.
Christians pray the rosary in church and at home, with others in a community of prayer and alone, during Eucharistic adoration and at wakes, with their families and before retiring to bed in the evening, while on a walk or visiting with a sick friend. People can pray the rosary anywhere, anytime. Saints and popes and ordinary persons have prayed the rosary daily, and have encouraged others to pray it. In recent apparitions on earth Mary has asked us to pray the rosary, especially for peace. At Lourdes and Fatima she held a rosary in her hands.
When blessed, a rosary is a sacramental, an instrument whose use brings grace to us. The rosary has been called "the Gospel on beads" and "a summary of the Gospel."
Glory Offering: An Artist's Prayer
The Marian Library gallery will show works of Margaret Werlinger [photo at left] from November 18, 2008 through January 15, 2008. For more information, click into the article from UD's Campus Report.
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.
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) 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.]
International Marian Research Institute Course ScheduleIMRI courses for the Fall 2008 semester concluded on November 14.
Why Mary Appears (Part 1)
Private Marian apparitions serve to remind mankind that God exists, and to provide an opportunity to conduct a "global examination of conscience," according to Mariologist Mark Miravalle.
The professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville will be a speaker at the Twenty-second International Mariological Marian Congress, to begin Thursday in Lourdes.
The congresses, held every four years, are sponsored by the Pontifical International Marian Academy. This year's theme is "The Apparitions of the Most Holy Virgin Mary: Between History, Faith and Theology."
Benedict XVI named Cardinal Paul Poupard, retired president of the Pontifical Councils for Culture and Interreligious Dialogue, as his special envoy to the Marian conference. The Pope will visit the shrine later this month for the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions.
Miravalle, author of Mariology: A Guide for Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians, and Consecrated Persons; (Queenship Publishing), discusses in the first part of this interview with ZENIT the significance of the congress and the importance of Marian apparitions for our times.
Q. What is the significance of this congress, one week before the Pope's visit to Lourdes, and what is the significance of Benedict XVI's Lourdes pilgrimage?
Miravalle: The Holy Father does not hesitate to celebrate authentic Marian private revelation nor does the Church, as is evidenced by his Lourdes visit. Pope Benedict is quick to acknowledge one of the world's most-renowned Marian fonts of conversion, grace and healing that has flowed to the five continents through the true apparitions of the Immaculate Conception at Lourdes.
Pope Benedict XVI, as did John Paul II before him, also acknowledges the organic connection between the Lourdes apparitions and the particular trials of the sick throughout the world, which is recognized every year on the Lourdes anniversary of Feb. 11, now designated as the World Day of the Sick.
This Holy Father is very much following the course of John Paul II in highlighting Our Lady's co-redemptive role with Jesus as the perfect model for the people of God on how we should patiently "offer up" our sufferings and illnesses in union with Christ for the mysterious release of grace for others, making us co-redeemers as well.
Hopefully, the anticipatory Mariological-Marian congress can help prepare for the Pope's visit by presenting and articulating the theology of the Church regarding Marian private revelation.
Q. What is the purpose of this congress?
Miravalle: I believe the purpose of the conference is to theologically and scientifically examine the domain of Marian private revelation, in its nature, its history, and its contemporary relevance.
As Rene Laurentin summarized, the Church essentially examines the three criteria of message, phenomena and spiritual fruits when discerning a reported revelation.
Laurentin also mentioned once that if Lourdes happened today it would probably not be accepted in light of the heightened scepticism and rationalism of our times. In this age of greater rationalism, materialism, consumerism and humanism, the possibility of the supernatural seems more and more diminished for the common person.
And yet, God continues to "interfere" in human history by sending the Mother of Jesus, particularly in times when a more rationalistic vision has made acts of Christian faith more difficult. The human family needs to be reminded, sometimes in a dynamic and supernatural way, that God exists, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a universal call, that we all will be held responsible for our human choices, and that, over all, the world could benefit from a type of "global examination of conscience" on how well we are responding to the ubiquitous invitations from the "Hound of Heaven," as the poet [Francis] Thompson refers to God, for personal salvation and for world peace. But it remains up to us to respond.
The Church is appropriately both cautious and open to the domain of private revelation. She can never run the risk of losing credibility as guardian of public revelation by a too hasty confirmation of a reported private revelation, let alone something false. And yet, we can see the sublimely generous fruits of authentic Marian private revelation, which is but a heavenly spark to compel the world to living the saving message of the Gospel in the fullness of the Church, and as well to assist the Church's ongoing mission of evangelization.
Imagine the sixteenth century without Guadalupe, or the nineteenth and twentieth centuries without Rue du Bac, Lourdes and Fatima. While always remaining obedient to the Church's definitive judgment on a given revelation, we should thank God for the tremendous graces and blessings brought to the world through the avenue of authentic Marian apparitions.
Q: Are there more reported and approved Marian apparitions in this age than in other ages?
Miravalle: There have been more apparitions approved in the contemporary era than in any other era in the Church's history. We must keep in mind that the nature and purpose of private revelation is never to replace public revelation contained in Scripture and Tradition, but rather to accentuate the more challenging aspects of the Gospel. For example, the call to be more generous in prayer, to fasting regularly, and to committed conversion, which alone leads to a spiritual peace of heart.
If true Marian apparitions are on the increase in our times, it means our age is in greater need of encouragement to live generously the prayer and sacramental life of the Church. We should be grateful, but we should also, as Blessed Pope John XXIII said in his Feb. 18, 1959, Lourdes address, "listen attentively to the salutary warnings of the Mother of God," which seek to "guide us in our conduct."
Q: What topic will you be discussing at the Lourdes congress?
Miravalle: My presentation will be on the theme of Mary's unique cooperation in the redemption as it appears in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century-approved Marian apparitions.
In the apparitions of the "Miraculous Medal" in 1830, Lourdes in 1858, Fatima in 1917, Amsterdam in 1945, and Akita, Japan, in the 1970s, the theme of Our Lady's co-redemption, as well as the Marian call for Christian co-redemption by the people of God is a pronounced, consistent theme.
The Mother of Jesus uniquely shared as 'co-redemptrix' with Jesus in accomplishing the world's redemption. But we are all called to offer prayer and penance to God in reparation for sin and for the conversion of sinners throughout this Marian message to the modern world.
Bernadette echoed Our Lady's call for "penance, penance, penance." Our Lady of Fatima asked the children visionaries to daily pray the rosary for conversion of sinners and world peace, to "make of everything you can a sacrifice," and Our Lady appeared as "Our Lady of Sorrows" during the Oct. 13, 1917, apparition of the solar miracle.
The statue of the Lady of All Nations at Akita, Japan, wept 101 times and the apparitions and phenomena were declared supernatural by Bishop [John] Ito of Niigata after consultation with Cardinal [Joseph] Ratzinger in 1984. The apparitions of the Lady of All Nations, approved by Bishop [Joseph] Punt of Amsterdam as authentic in 2002, furthered the call for Christian co-redemption as well as for the solemn definition of Mary as co-redemptrix, mediatrix and advocate.
It should be no surprise that the truth of Our Lady's unique role with Jesus in redemption as taught explicitly by the magisterium during the last two centuries is mirrored in the domain of ecclesiastically-approved private revelation from the same historical time period.
Q. The theme of Mary as co-redemptrix is also the subject of discussion concerning a possible fifth Marian dogma. What would be the potential benefits of proclaiming this dogma at this time for the Church?
Miravalle: I believe a papal definition would have numerous positive effects for the Church. It would articulate this perennial doctrine of Our Lady's unique role, which is entirely dependent on Jesus Christ, divine and human redeemer of all, with the greatest possible scriptural and theological clarity. It's hard to think of a more a capable pontiff for such a definition than our own genial Pope-theologian, Pope Benedict, if he would so desire to make this proclamation.
I also believe that this dogma would serve the ecumenical mission of the Church by assuring other Christian traditions that the Catholic Church does distinguish between Jesus Christ as the divine and human Redeemer upon whom all redemption depends, and the unique participation of his immaculate human mother in the history of salvation.
The dogma would also focus the people of God upon their Christian duty to participate in the salvation of others. Would this not be the antidote to the isolation and loneliness of so many? Is this not answering the call to the new evangelism, and the call of Our Lady of Fatima to pray and do penance for the conversion of sinners? It would in fact be a clear answer on the part of the Church for all those who fear that suffering is meaningless. On the contrary, for the Christian, human suffering is always supernaturally and eternally redemptive.
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.
Nativity sets star at Stan Hywet
Krippe, Belem, Presebre, Presepio, Nacimiento,Creche--no matter how you say them, they all mean Nativity, and more than fifty of them from countries around the world are on view at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens through December 28.
Upstairs, downstairs and in milady's chamber, thirty-nine nativities on loan from the collections of The Marian Library of the University of Dayton, along with several belonging to Stan Hywet and on loan from volunteers, have been placed throughout the main parts of the house as part of the historic Seiberling mansion's annual Christmas festivities.
The University of Dayton's Marian Library has some 1,500 nativities in its collection, one of the largest in the United States.
The nativities at Stan Hywet come from artists and artisans from such far away places as Togo and Madagascar and as nearby as Trotwood, Ohio, and Gladwyne, Pa. They've been made by trained and untrained artists out of materials as varied as banana leaf, paper, straw, natural latex and vegetal ivory (large, white seedpods).
While the central characters--Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus, angels and wise men--usually remain the same, a host of auxiliary characters has been added, depending on local traditions and interpretations of this story, central to the Christian faith. ...
For those who want a preview of the nativities, plus a sampling of the University of Dayton's Marian Library collection, there's a large number of them online, although not nearly as nicely presented as they are at Stan Hywet. Visit campus.udayton.edu/mary/gallery/creches/crechesworld.html.
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!
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.
Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) Presents
Title: Book Discussion: Secret Life of Bees
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008, 7-9 pm
Location: MEEC Resource Center, Saint Joseph Hall, Bergamo Retreat Center, Dayton, Ohio
Following on Father Francois Rossier's November 13 presentation, MEEC volunteer, Kathryn Eckerle, will facilitate a discussion of the Secret Life of Bees. His talk will inform our discussion, but is not a prerequisite. Familiarity with the book or movie is recommended.
Free will offerings accepted. RSVP by November 18 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 937-429-3582. For map, directions, and more information on this and other events click into meec.udayton.edu.
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