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IMRI student, Teresa Monaghen, National Moderator of the Apostolic Oblates and Pro Sanctity from Omaha, Nebraska will lead a short course on praying with Scripture using the ancient technique called, Lectio Divina, on the four Tuesdays of February at Saint Cecilia Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. For more information, phone 402-553-5524.
Mary in Books, Films and Music
Life of Christ on the BBC
During Holy Week of 2008, The Passion aired in four parts on the BBC. James Nesbitt played Jesus, and Penelope Wilton played Mary. For more information click into the Press Release from the BBC, and an article from the Guardian. Dr. Nastia Korbon provided me with the first link, and Dr. Catherine O'Brien provided the second, for which I am grateful.
This work is available for purchase on DVD from the UK branch of amazon.com, presumably in Region 2 European format. The Marian Library expects to obtain a copy in the near future, preferably in Region 1 format for use in the United States. Let us know if you spot one before we do.
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, February 4, 2009, Francesca Franchina talks with Dr. Sylvia Esser-Gleason, D.O. about her recent trip to Africa visiting the Congo, Rwanda, Muhororo and Burundi and her experiences working there. Dr. Sylvia worked in a war-zone hospital, helped widows and AIDS orphans, visited Sister Pat's orphanage in Rwanda, and also visited Burundi where she experienced the effects of years of warfare and witnessed what numerous Catholic groups are doing to help in the recovery process of the sufferings being endured in these places. 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.
New Program: Living With Mary Today! Live: Thursdays and Fridays 2:30-3:00 PM EST: From the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, internationally-known Mariologists Fathers Johann Roten, Francois Rossier, Thomas Thompson, and Bertrand Buby of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Schoenstatt Sisters Jean Frisk and Danielle Peters, Michael Duricy and Brother Erik Otiende will discuss Marian themes such as The Blessed Mother and Ecumenism; Mary and The Family; Mary and Suffering, Marian Teachings and Writings of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI; Mary and Scripture from The Founder of the Marianists, Blessed Wm. Joseph Chaminade; Mary and Vatican II, Marian Apparitions and others. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton houses the largest collection of Marian books and artifacts in the world and IMRI is the site of post-graduate studies in Mariology for the Doctorate, STL and STD. Find out more by visiting marypage.org. The University of Dayton; The Marian Library and IMRI are collaborators with the International Satellite Radio Maria Network and Radio Maria Ohio. CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.
This week's programs:
Brother Eric Otiende, SM, Thursday, February 5, 2:30 PM on The Message of Lourdes
Father Francois Rossier, SM, Friday, February 6, 2:30 PM on Mary and Ecumenism
From the Marian Treasure Chest
The Chaminade Vision, the Marianist Charism, the Apostolic Challenge to Evagelization (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)
This is a summary view of the gift (charism) of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade to the Marianist Family and to the Church. It is a presentation of the special Marianist grace (charism) in a nutshell.
A charism is a special grace given one, but it meant to benefit members of the Church and meet the needs of the world. The term comes from the Greek word meaning 'free gift.' Every religious congregation has a charism shared by each of its members.
The Chaminade doctrine of Mary's Apostolic Mission and our participation with Mary to bring Jesus to all peoples, our charism, was clearly researched and organized theologically and popularized in print and preaching by Father Emile Neubert, S.M. This is our Marianist heritage. This is the challenge all Marianists are called to live and to propagate.
The concept and reality of Mary's Apostolic Mission is the kernel of our Marianist charism. It is the watchword that encapsulates our Marianist way of life. This is our shibboleth, which we often express in the Latin expression Maria duce.
We are called to participate in the state and mystery of Jesus, Son of Mary; in the mission of applying the merits of the Redemption; and in Mary's maternal responsibility to apply those merits to all humankind.
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade in post-revolutionary France was the only noteworthy Mariologist of the first half of the nineteenth century. Considering the tenor of those times, his contribution to Marian theology is remarkable. Commenting on those times, Monsignor George Shea observed that the deviations of Jansenism and related controversies motivated the orthodox theologians of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to nourish Marian piety. This they accomplished by broadening and deepening the doctrinal bases of Mary's mediational role, a crucial issue in the Jansenist heresy.
Monsignor Shea noted that, if we assign John Henry Newman to the latter half of the nineteenth century, Chaminade is the only Mariologist worthy of note in the preceding fifty years.
Chaminade based his doctrine of Mary's Apostolic Mission on the foundational doctrines of the Mystical Body of Christ, and of Mary's Spiritual Maternity, Co-redemption, and distribution of all graces.
In his own words:
Keystone of the Marianist Charism
Blessed Father Chaminade's teaching about Mary's Apostolic Mission is clear and straightforward. He presents nothing new and radically different, except for his clarity and amplification, from what was held by the early Fathers of the Church. But his originality and development are manifested in the consequences he draws from the doctrine of Mary's Spiritual Maternity regarding her present role in the world. He clearly establishes Mary's Apostolic Mission as a corollary of her Spiritual Maternity.
In union with her Son, Mary collaborates on Calvary in redeeming all in principle. To be the true Associate of the Redeemer, she must yet apply to each of us the fruits of the Redemption in fact. Acknowledging this notion, we realize it is theologically certain. Mary's Apostolic Mission is a particular, essential, and integral aspect of her social functions as Spiritual Mother and Associate of the Redeemer.
This doctrine is the keystone of the Marianist charism. While Chaminade's inspiration is addressed to those who follow the Marianist vocation to assist Mary in her Apostolic Mission, the message certainly applies to the whole of Christianity. The social orientation of his teaching--his Mystical Body framework and social consciousness--focuses on the Church at large and on all society.
These words of Chaminade, taken from Our Knowledge of Mary, summarize the charism bequeathed to his Marianist Family and to the Church"
"We have seen Mary making use of all the rights of a Mother in regard to her Son, Who is our God, and sharing, if we may be permitted to say so, with the Eternal Father parental claims over the Uncreated Word. We have seen her, the New Eve, fulfilling in behalf of the human race the functions of a Spiritual Maternity, engendering in it a new life for heaven lost through the sin of Adam. We have seen her sacrificing on Calvary the only Son of her fruitful virginity. We have seen her at the foot of the Cross, stronger than death, associated with her Divine Son, as she had been associated in all the mysteries of His life. We have seen her from that very hour watching over all Christians, her children, with the most tender solicitude, fulfilling in their behalf the sublime duties of a Mother."
Our Knowledge of Mary further records Chaminade's thought on the Apostolic Mission of the New Eve:
On this point the doctrine of the Church leaves no doubt. We have her testimony in the words of her accepted oracles.
In reality this is the practical meaning of the baptismal call to evangelization, to put the Good News into action.
Neubert's Integration and Synthesis of Chaminade's Mariology
Recent writings of theologians and popes have stressed the universal role of Mary. Outstanding among those writers and preachers is Father Emile Neubert, S.M.
An increasing awareness of the universality of Mary's relation to all persons and to the apostolate of the Church is plainly evident in the teaching of the ordinary magisterium.
Although Mary's Apostolic Mission has not been explicitly and officially defined, it has clearly been stressed in recent teaching and papal pronouncements on Mary's Spiritual Motherhood, Coredemption, distribution of grace, and Queenship. It is contained and implied in these other Marian doctrines.
Chaminade taught explicitly the apostolic role of Mary and our obligation to participate in it. Neubert and other Marianist writers have expanded and integrated this teaching. They made it clear that Mary's maternal responsibility is a continuous mission and not a single act which ended on Calvary. The apostolic responsibility of her Spiritual Maternity is part of her vocation--and ours.
The social and apostolic dimensions of Marian doctrine and devotion continue to unfold. The dynamic relations of Mary to us are both personal and communitarian. She concerns herself with the welfare of individuals and also of social institutions, with the entire Mystical Body of Christ-–laity, religious, and clergy. More plainly this understanding is coming to the fore.
In pulling together Father Chaminade's position and couching it in precise theological terms, Father Neubert formulated this cogent conclusion, identifying Mary's Apostolic Mission. In La Mission Apostolique de Marie et la Notre he explains:
"These comparisons between Mary's Apostolic Mission and her role of Mother, Coredemptrix, and Distributor of all graces permit us to affirm that this Mission is revealed. It does not follow as a simple logical consequence of these three functions of Mary which are revealed, but as a particular aspect, as an integral part of them, to the point of being identified with them. Under another name it is simply her role of Coredemptrix and above all of Mother and Distributor of graces. It shares, consequently, in the certitude of these three functions, and we can say that it is revealed as truly as these three are, even if Tradition had never spoken explicitly of an Apostolic Mission of Mary. The idea has been revealed, the name need not be."
Fairest of All
The Marian Library gallery will show thirty works of Jan Oliver from January 30, 2009 through March 27, 2009. For more information, click into the article from UD's Campus News Digest or click here for virtual exhibit. On a related note, please see our answer to a reader's question, "Is There Marian Imagery in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?".
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 Schedule
IMRI courses for the Spring 2009 semester will commence on February 16. The course schedule is now available.
In keeping with the season, we recommend Mother of God of the Blessed "Thunder Candle",and Candelmas Poetry.
Making Room For Maria and Jose at the Inn
This Advent, parishes and church groups in the Little Rock Diocese are united in a spiritual program focused on studying immigration in light of Scripture and prayer.
Bishop Anthony Taylor initiated the Advent program in conjunction with his pastoral letter, I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Rights of Immigrants, issued to the people of the diocese on the Feast of Christ the King.
In a recorded homily presented at every parish that day, the prelate explained that when he was named bishop a few months earlier, the first question he was asked was about the human rights of undocumented immigrants. "I believe that the major current issue about which American Catholics are most confused today has to do with immigration," he affirmed in the letter's preface.
In this thirty-page document, he stated that it was not his intent to propose specific legislative solutions, but to teach "the full truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ courageously, in season and out of season, especially regarding the teaching of the Church in those controversial areas of faith or morality about which there is confusion among the faithful."
The bishop's letter outlined the relevant economic, moral, biblical and theological principles as a foundation for the issue, and then applied these basic principles to the reality of undocumented immigration.
He pointed out that there are twelve million undocumented immigrants in the United States, and expelling all these people "is not a realistic option historically, economically or socially."
"Our only real choice," said the prelate, "is whether to facilitate this process for the common good or try to create as much misery as possible--and reap the undesirable consequences." He wrote a section of the letter on the common good of all people, what it means and how national borders and laws should be at its service.
"Unlike the right to life itself," he said in his homily, "which is absolute, all other rights are limited by the common good and so there are instances where the common good might prevent or restrict immigration."
Bishop Taylor concluded the letter by affirming that the Church does not promote illegal immigration though it works to eliminate its causes, and it "does support those who have no other alternative in the exercise of their basic human right to immigrate when circumstances so require."
The letter was sent to the state's Congress representatives, as the immigration issue is expected to be addressed at the general assembly in the state capitol this January.
However, the bishop expressed the hope that a change of hearts will take precedence over a change of laws. He explained, "Of course our legislators are just like the rest of us, and so the place to begin is with ourselves, our own hearts and our own parishes, and our own discomfort in dealing with another culture and immigrant group, our own fear that we’re going to lose something somehow--say fear of losing our identity or our control of the situation--and we forget about the human dignity and the human rights of the other person."
The Advent study guide adds a spiritual dimension to study of the letter, and it is designed to be implemented in small groups or among existing organizations in the Church.
The prelate chose the Advent season for this study because it is a time of hope. He said, "Jesus' parents found no warm welcome in Bethlehem, no room in the inn.
"The study guide will lead us to ask what changes we need to make in our nation, in our parishes and in our own hearts to ensure that today's Marys and Josephs--today's Marías and Josés--receive from us a warm welcome truly worthy of the Savior whose birth we celebrate on Christmas.
"One of the constant features of the history of American immigration is the process of conversion whereby the receiving population learns to soften its heart and open its arms to welcome the newcomer. As we have seen with the earlier waves of immigrants, this process takes time--time for the immigrants to assimilate and time for the receiving population to become comfortable with the newcomers."
Bishop Taylor concluded his address by encouraging members of his diocese to be "Christ for others."
In this," he affirmed, "God will use us to be not only a light to our nation--enlightening others about human rights in the abstract: the way of truth and life--but also more importantly a source of love, love that banishes fear, love that brings hope and healing, and in this way become a model for what all of American society is called to be."
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.
UD Exhibit Offers 'Fair' Look at Mary
The Virgin Mary as "The Fairest of All" is the theme of an upcoming exhibit at the University of Dayton.
The thirty paintings by Pueblo, Colorado, artist Jan Oliver explore some of Mary's many roles in faith--mother of Jesus Christ, Queen of Heaven, and compassionate mother to all.
They depict her in colors and styles that evoke Latin America and the American Southwest. Oliver lists Diego Rivera, Rudolfo Morales and Marc Chagall as influences. Her representations of Mary often incorporate angels, stars and the baby Jesus.
"My paintings reflect a world of peace and harmony--of love and faith and celebration," her artist's statement said. ...
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!
Marian Commemoration Days
To celebrate the month of February 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 February.
Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Title: Pro Sanctity six-day retreat
Date: August 13-18, 2009
Locations: The site of the apparitions to Blessed Juan Diego in 1531 on Tepeyac Hill, and the Cathedral of Mexico City, with an excursion to Aztec Pyramids, Shrine of the Jesuit Martyr, Blessed Miguel Pro, and the Anthropology Museum of Mexico City.
Special Retreat/Pilgrimage for Pro Sanctity Members (and friends) led by Msgr. Andrew Vaccari, National Spiritual Advisor and Teresa Monaghen, National Director of the Pro Sanctity Movement.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to travel and pray with Pro Sanctity on the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the death of Bishop Giaquinta!
For more information call Teresa Monaghen at 402-289-2670 or Msgr. Andrew J. Vaccari at 718-638-7625.
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