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  News from the Marian Library

We have received a number of emails from readers commending our Mary Page web site and other resources.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following comment is an atypical example dated 12/5/2008 from the Office of the Mayor of Dayton!
Just a brief note to congratulate the International Marian Research Institute on the hand-carved village on display in The Marian Library gallery.  I was pleased to read this in the neighborhood section of yesterday's Dayton Daily News.

I certainly want to commend you and your staff on organizing this annual exhibit.  Best wishes and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Rhine McLin, Mayor

Thesis Defense

Father Antonio Carvalho, a student at the International Marian Research Institute, successfully defended his S.T.D. thesis, A Pessoa E A Misso Da Bem-Aventurada Virgem Maria No Livro AOS Sacerdotes Filhos Prediletos De Nossa Senhora De PE. Stefano Gobbi , on December 12, 2008 at The Marian Library.

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Mary in Books, Films and Music

Message to Catholic Media on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (published in Zenit from Vatican City on 12/12/2008)

Here is the message Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, sent to Catholic media professionals today, on the occasion of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

On joyfully celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of America to whom the Digital Network of the Church in Latin America (RIIAL) continually renews its consecration, I wish to send a fraternal and sincere greeting to all the men and women who serve the Church with the charism of communication, and to share some reflections with you now that the bishops have launched the continental mission which will radically orientate the present and future pastoral activity of our communities.

The Church lived a very important moment this year during the synod on the "Word in the Life and Mission of the Church." This synod has reminded us vividly that God has revealed himself to us fully as Love in Christ, and that every evangelizing mission is communication, as is the Church herself. Hence, it is up to all--as disciples and missionaries--to be expert communicators of that Word which we have received in our hearts. However, it turns out that, in the ambit of communications, we find ourselves, precisely, in a process of acceleration never before seen. The mass media no longer acts in isolation; it is intertwined and boosts, in the virtual world created by the Internet, even the small screens that receive and send contents from every home and even from the palm of the hand. Including in social sectors with considerable needs, the use is multiplied of the mobile telephone as a new window to social dialogue.

The changes in this field challenge us. It is urgent to include those who do not participate in this dialogue, and also to act as bridges between generations: those that were born and grew up in the world of the word and text, and the so-called "digital natives," who no longer understand previous models and must also be reached by the Word of the Lord. Because of this, particularly timely is the topic that Pope Benedict XVI has chosen for the World Day of Social Communications 2009: "New Technologies, New Relations: To Promote a Culture of Respect, of Dialogue and of Friendship."

The Church does not succumb to the fascination of technology itself, no matter how attractive it is, but neither does she fear that fruit of human creativity, so worthy of appreciation. As followers of the Lord we focus our attention on persons, families, communities and on all that can favor them on the path of peace, justice, love and the encounter with God. Thus, following the example of St. Paul of Tarsus, the great communicator who used the media of his time, we assume in each case the appropriate technology without being enslaved, with liberty and courage, acting as agents of meaning and servants of our brothers in this new culture.

No matter what the means in which we work, let us take advantage of the opportunities that technology itself gives us to do so on the net, establishing bonds of collaboration with other ecclesial initiatives that, with their particular charisms, are at the service of the same high objective: to put the Lord Jesus Christ at the heart of the society of information. Integration among us does not mean uniformity, but the beautiful and multiple harmonization of our efforts.

During this time of Advent and in the Birth of Our Lord, may Our Lady of Guadalupe, lofty communicator, continue to protect our personal and professional life.

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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, December 17, 2008, Francesca Franchina dialogues with Jack Davis about Mary and the Incarnation focusing on the Blessed Mother's personal preparation, what she did to prepare for the Birth of the Messiah in her personal devotion and interaction with the Word in her womb, as written in the Mystical City of God, the auto-biographical volumes dictated by the Blessed Mother to Sister Mary of Jesus of Agreda, Spain (Imprimatur 1902/1949) This is Part II of a three-part Series on the Incarnation of our Messiah, Jesus Christ. Part III airs December 24. For your perusal: The three programs in this Advent 2008 series will cover Incarnation Volume II pp. 146-392 in the Mystical City of God. 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 [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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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Why Such Attention to Mary? (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

Why do Catholics and other Christians direct so much attention to, and make such a fuss about the Blessed Virgin Mary?  There are many reasons.  It is important to situate clearly Marian doctrine and devotion in Christian life.

In the various Christian traditions Marian doctrine and devotion take shape in manifold and diverse ways.  Since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) the Catholic Church and others have striven to promote new and more careful study of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, in the mystery of Christ and of the Church; and to encourage theological faculties--and the faithful--in the pursuit of knowledge, research, and piety with regard to Mary of Nazareth.  The Mother of the Lord is understood as a "datum of revelation" and a "maternal presence" always operative in the life of the Church and of Christians, to use the expressions of the instruction The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation (1988).

The history of theological reflection and of worship witnesses to the Church's faith and attention regarding the Virgin Mary and her mission in the history of salvation.  This is evident, though in different modes, in both the Western Church and in the Eastern Church.

The deeper the understanding of the mystery of the Theotokos, the more profound is the understanding of the mystery of Christ, of the Church, and of the vocation of humanity.  Concerning Mary, everything is relative to Jesus Christ; only in the mystery of Christ is her mystery fully clear.  Conversely it may generally be said that knowing Mary enlightens our appreciation of Christ and of the Church.

To the degree in which the mystery of the Church is understood, the mystery of Mary is apparent.  Knowing Mary, the Church recognizes its origins, its mission of grace, its destiny to glory, and the pilgrimage of faith which guides it.

The Virgin Mary is like a mirror reflecting the mighty works of God, which theology has the task of illustrating.  The importance of Mariological reflection derives from the importance of Christology (the study of Christís divinity and humanity), from the value of ecclesiology (the study of the Church) and pneumatology (the study of the Holy Spirit), from the meaning of Christian anthropology (the study of human relationships), and from eschatology (the study of the last things and our eternal destiny), and is an integral part of them.

The veneration of Mary, when properly understood, permeates the entire life of the Church; it is a dimension of dogma and of piety, of Christology and ecclesiology.  This dimension needs to be made explicit today in connection with the problems of humanity.  Mariology expresses something fundamental to the Christian life itself, to the Christian experience of the world.

Sound Mariology has always been understood in Christological terms.  If the Gospel revealed nothing more than the fact that Jesus Christ, God and man, was born of Mary, this alone would be sufficient for the Church to love her and to draw theological conclusions from pondering this relationship of Mother and Son.  We need no other revelations.  Mary is a self-evident and essential datum and dimension of the Gospel.

Let us situate Mary properly in our life of faith and devotion after the example of Jesus.

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Current Exhibits

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 or click here for virtual exhibit.

The artist has brought some packets of Christmas cards showing her award-winning renderings of the nativity scene.  These are available for purchase at The Marian Library for $8.50 for each set of ten with proceeds going entirely to pro-life work.

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.

The Marian Library will also be displaying Nativity scenes in our Gallery, as well as off-campus at Gallery Saint John, and around the state in Ludlow Falls and Akron.

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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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In keeping with the season, we recommend Advent Poetry by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball.  We have also updated News in the Korean-language section of The Mary Page through 12/15/2008.

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Benedict XVI Encourages Home Nativity Scenes
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), December 14, 2008

In the midst of secular images of Christmas, Benedict XVI is encouraging the faithful to put a Nativity scene in their homes.

The Pope made this invitation today in St. Peter's Square, when he blessed images of the Child Jesus brought by children to the plaza for the papal blessing. The statues will later be placed in their manger scenes.

The Holy Father led the children in a prayer, which said: "We pray to you, that with your blessing these images of Jesus, who is about to come among us, be, in our houses, a sign of your presence and your love. [...]

"Open our heart, so that we know how to receive Jesus with joy, do always what he asks and see him in all those who need our love."

He concluded by expressing the prayer that with the intercession of Mary, "Jesus, who in his birth brings God's benediction to men, [will] be welcomed with love in all the homes of Rome and the world."

Pontiff Praises Devotion to Mary of Guadalupe
Source: Zenit (Vatican City), December 14, 2008

Benedict XVI praised the devotion to Mary that Latin Americans carry in their hearts, especially their affection to her image as Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Pope mentioned Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast was Friday, when he greeted the Spanish-speaking pilgrims in St. Peter's Square today to pray the midday Angelus.

The Holy Father invited the pilgrims to prepare "the birth of Jesus Christ, prince of peace [...] intensifying prayer, enlivening interior joy and dedicating themselves to a meditative listening of the Word of God, so as to afterward transmit this with simplicity to those around you."

"I entrust this beautiful task to the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary," he added, "who is so present during these days in the heart of the beloved Latin American nations with her image of Guadalupe."

According to officials from Mexico City, on the feast day, more than six million people visited the basilica that houses the image of the Patroness of the Americas.

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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.

Will the College Greeting-Card Committee Please Come to Order ...
Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education (, December 19, 2008

It's just a holiday card. What's the big deal?

That's what people say to Barbara J. Marshall, associate vice president for college relations and marketing at Albright College. Those people have no idea what goes into making a college holiday card. The numerous meetings, the endless back-and-forth, the multiple revisions. It costs thousands of dollars and takes weeks, if not months, of planning--all for a folded piece of paper that slips neatly inside an envelope.

"It's pretty layered in complexity for how small it is," she says.

See, the card isn't only about wishing recipients happy holidays. Oh, no. It also has to present the college in a flattering light without seeming like yet another advertisement. In most cases it's mailed to thousands of people--donors, alumni, parents of students, officials at other colleges--so it has to feel universal. But if it's too generic, the card risks coming across as impersonal.

In other words, it is harder than you think. ...

Religious colleges are, naturally, more overt. Trinity Washington University, a Roman Catholic institution, printed a Bible verse (Luke 2:10) inside its card and a painting of an angel on the cover. The University of Dayton--which is Catholic, too, despite its worldly name--used a photo of a nineteenth-century Spanish tapestry picturing the Madonna and child. Dayton's library houses the world's largest collection of printed material on the mother of Jesus. ...

Click here to see the entire article.

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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 December 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 December.

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Marian Events

El teatro campesino presents a play on Our Lady of Guadalupe

Title: La Virgen del Tepeyac

Date: November 28-December 21, 2008

Location: Mission San Juan Bautista in San Benito County in California

La Virgen del Tepeyac, a play about Our Lady of Guadalupe written by Luis Valdez and directed by Kinan Valdez and Adrian Torres is showing at Mission San Juan Bautista in San Benito County, California from November 28 - December 21, 2008.  For more information click into

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