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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our institute and its website, The Mary Page. Thank you all for your encouragement and support. The following is a typical example.
Sister Celia Chua, MIC, attended the Second Asia-Oceania Mariological Conference at the Capuchin Retreat House, in Lipa City, Philippines from September 8-12, 2011. The theme of the conference was Mary and the New Evangelization of Asia-Oceania: a Perspective on Human Development. Sister Isabell Naumann, and Father R. K. Samy, also attended and spoke at this conference. Sister Celia provided us with a summary of the event. She plans to discuss this topic on Radio Maria during Fran Franchina's program on Wednesday 11/9/2011 from Noon - 1 pm.
Mary in Books, Films, and Music
Catholic Online located at catholic.org, gives the largest and broadest population of Catholics worldwide easy access to comprehensive, educational, and timely information about Catholicism, and provides a range of easy methods to integrate their faith into their daily lives. They currently have a section about Mary, but are in the process of developing a more complete section on the topic. We will keep you informed on their progress with this Marian project.
Since the University of Dayton celebrates Black Catholic History Month in November, we suggest that readers consider viewing The Secret Life of Bees. The 2008 film, based on the 2002 historical novel by Sue Monk Kidd, involves a 'Black Madonna' and deals with themes of race relations and social justice. Those who liked the popular recent film, The Help, may enjoy this film (and book) as well. The Marian Library has a copy of the book in our lending library and has ordered a DVD copy of the film. Both are available for purchase through Amazon.
Radio Maria from The Marian Library
Prayer composed by the late Pope John Paul II for Radio Maria
Dear Mary, guide us in our major decisions and give us strength and courage to follow the secret inroads of the airways, keeping faith in God and mankind, so that we may bring the joyful message of Christ, the Savior, to the hearts and minds of all. Mary, guiding star of the new evangelization, be with us. Be with Radio Maria as its guide and protector.
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 12:00 - 1:00 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 9, 2011, Francesca Franchina talks with Sister Celia Chua, MIC, STD, of Montreal, Canada, Visiting IMRI Professor/Faculty Member of the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton Marian Library about the Second Asia Oceania Mariological Conference, Mary and the New Evangelization: Perspectives for An Integral Human Development held September 8-12, 2011 in the Philippines at Lipa--the site of the Marian Apparition Shrine of Our Lady of Grace--in preparation for the 2012 Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome. Sister Celia will discuss her presentation Mary, Woman of Gratuitousness for an Integral Human Development and the elements and challenges presented by Mary for the New Evangelization, and the connectors discussed in the conference that have a meaning for all of us.
Francesca and Friends with Francesca Franchina, National OSIA Trustee, is now being broadcast throughout the New York City metropolitan area at 11 pm on Friday nights on WSNR 620 AM, as well as on other local Radio Maria USA frequencies, and streaming on radiomaria.us. This is the replay of the program originating on the preceding Wednesday at noon EST. Give a listen every Friday at 11 PM; Mondays at 8:30 PM and LIVE on Wednesdays at noon EST.
The broadcast may also be heard on-line at radiomaria.us The website 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.
Fran's series, Through the Tummy to the Heart, (T5H) airs every 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 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 8, Francesca Franchina talks with listeners about retreats and the necessity of solitude and silence in everyday life and helping you to a quiet day of reflection and recollection in a familiar surrounding by making time to spend with Jesus and Our Lady depending on what you are being drawn to in meditation, your prayer life, and books you are reading like Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius by Father Michael E. Gaitley, MIC.
Francesca Franchina shares her family's traditions, customs and foods.
This week's program and all Francesca's programs are archived on-line.
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 Bertrand Buby, François Rossier, Johann Roten, and Thomas Thompson of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Michael Duricy, Jean Frisk, and others 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, Pope Benedict XVI; Mary and Scripture from the Founder of the Marianists, Blessed William 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 one of the two sites of post-graduate studies in Mariology for the 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. Click here for the schedule of future programs planned to date. Click here for the new audio archive!
This week's programs:
Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd, Thursday, November 10, 2:30 PM on Frank Duff
From the Marian Treasure Chest
Our Lady's Fool by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.
It was a Polish compatriot of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Maria Winowska, who dubbed him "Our Lady's Fool" in the title of her biography about this Knight of Mary Immaculate. And for good reason: he was dauntless in his desire and daring and effort to praise and serve Mary Immaculate in the salvation of humankind.
The second of five sons born to his parents, he was named Raymond. Two of his brothers died at a young age. At the age of thirteen, in 1907, Raymond joined his older brother Francis in entering the Conventual Franciscan minor seminary in Lwow. His younger brother Joseph followed two years later. Raymond, who on entering the novitiate in 1910 assumed the name Maximilian, was strongly motivated from early childhood to serve as a knight of Our Lady in the spiritual battle for souls between her and the Serpent.
A grand dream takes shape
Sent to Rome in 1912 to gain doctorates in philosophy and theology, he discovered a year before ordination in 1918 that six of his confreres shared his dream of enlisting and forming others to bring Jesus to the world under the auspices of Mary Immaculate. Together they founded the Militia of the Immaculate, a special type of sodality, on October 17, 1917, four days after Mary's last apparition and the miracle of the sun at Fatima in Portugal. The foundation of this spiritual militia occurred just two weeks before the Bolshevik revolution in Russia when a very different militia, the Communist party, was set up in no less than the Cathedral of the Assumption in the Moscow Kremlin. Its aim was just the contrary: to detach the world from the Kingship of Jesus Christ.
He returned to Poland in 1919 and established the Militia of Mary Immaculate in Krakow, where he was teaching philosophy and theology in the Franciscan seminary. Less than two years after his return to Poland, his doctors diagnosed him as terminally ill and he was admitted to a sanitarium. But one fine day he dismissed himself and returned to his community in Krakow, much to the consternation of his superiors.
Apostle of the pen
Then he boldly proposed his desire to publish a Marian magazine as organ of the Militia of Mary Immaculate, for he was convinced of the power of the press. His fellow friars treated him like a fool and spared no insults. But he persisted and unfolded his plan. Although stubborn, he was likeable and genuine. He continued to pursue the challenge. His persistence was rewarded and finally he obtained permission. Even though his community did not provide a single penny for this undertaking, funding arrived mysteriously when needed. This was Mary's work. In 1922 Father Maximilian Kolbe and his collaborators published the first issue of Mary's Knight.
Expanding the dream
But his larger dream was to create a publishing center on the outskirts of Krakow replete with furnished office space and a fully equipped press area with state-of-the-art machinery. While his superiors always found his projects extravagant, they allowed him to forge ahead because necessary help was always forthcoming at the opportune time. Over seven hundred volunteers responded to his appeal for workers among religious and laity. The project soon outgrew available space in the ancient friary and was moved to the city of Grodno in northeast Poland. In 1927, with a large donation of land outside Warsaw from Prince John Drucki-Lubecki, the project there grew into a 'city' which Father Kolbe named Niepokalanow (literally Mary's Garden), or City of the Immaculate. The publication of Mary's Knight prospered, and circulation increased with each issue: several thousand at first, four hundred thousand in 1930, one million in 1939.
The whole world was waiting to be conquered for Christ under the auspices of Mary Immaculate, Mother of Christ. With her nothing was too difficult to undertake. Maximilian's next plan astonished his superiors even more. He wanted to go to Japan to publish Mary's Knight in Japanese. After relentless supplications he received the necessary permissions in 1930 from the Roman authorities and his superiors. Exactly one month after arrival he produced the first edition of Mary's Knight in Japanese. In December of that same year 25,000 copies were printed and distributed free of charge.
Two years later Maximilian Kolbe departed Japan for India. His overall program of apostolic action envisioned "a local Niepokalanow in each country from which the Immaculate could enlighten the entire region."
In 1936 he returned to Poland and became superior once again of Niepokalanow. There, in addition to the weekly editions of Mary's Knight, he launched Little Daily News, which soon became the most popular newspaper in the country. To reach beyond Poland to the entire world, he followed in 1938 with the Latin review, Miles Immaculatae, for priests. Kolbe was recognized as a master journalist and apostle of the press.
His power source
Undergirding this immense apostolic undertaking is a spirituality based on the doctrines of Christ's Mystical Body and Mary's Spiritual Motherhood. Insistence that he and his collaborators belonged entirely to Mary Immaculate, Mother of the Divine Word, sustained their interior life and apostolic motivation. The exuberant Father Maximilian explained, "It is Mary who should form us, raise us, sanctify us.... Each day we should become more the property of the Blessed Virgin, her knights-errant.... In the hands of Our Lady we should be ... like a pen in the hand of a scribe, like a brush in the hand of a painter, like a chisel in the hand of a sculptor, that she might make of us whatever she wishes!"
Father Emile Neubert, S.M., a French Marianist and also a prolific author about Marian matters, was a contemporary of St. Maximilian. Except for Maximilian's beard, some thought the two exhibited a remarkable physical resemblance. The two became good friends through correspondence and exchanged ideas. Maximilian admired greatly Emile Neubert's masterpiece, the booklet, Mon Ideal, Jesus, Fils de Marie (My Ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary), which had become a best-seller and was translated into a number of different languages. Father Kolbe translated that book about participating in the filial piety of Jesus for his Mother into Polish and published it at the City of the Immaculate.
Confronting the Nazis
The Militia of the Immaculate continued marching from triumph to triumph until war erupted in 1939. Poland was the first country to be invaded by Nazi Germany. On September 19, Father Maximilian Kolbe and his community were loaded onto trucks and delivered to Amfitz, a detention camp, in eastern Germany. He rallied his confreres to be happy because the Blessed Virgin had sent them gratis on a mission to Germany. "What a godsend this is," he thought. Immediately he set forth with missionary zeal distributing – even to the German captors – the miraculous medal, of which he always had a pocketful. On the feast of the Immaculate Conception the Germans set him and his confreres free, and they returned to their friary.
Kolbe had been dreaming of martyrdom. In the meantime, in late 1940, he obtained permission from the Nazi government to print an issue of Mary's Knight. The lead article was entitled Truth, and while it did not mention the Nazis once, the whole of Poland knew what he was talking about: the devilish, anti-Christian and anti-human character of the totalitarian regime based on a lie and ending in legalized murder. He was soon arrested by the Nazi police on February 17, 1941 and taken to Pawiak prison in Warsaw. On May 28, 1941, he and others were once again loaded onto boxcars and taken to the extermination camp at Auschwitz. That July, one of the prisoners escaped from his cell block. In reprisal ten men were chosen to die in the starvation bunker. One of the ten, Francis Gajowniczek, was so distraught that he shouted, "My poor wife, my poor children!" Kolbe broke ranks and offered himself to Fritsch, vice-commandant of the camp, to die in place of the agonized father of a family. Taken aback by the offer, Fritsch asked Father Maximilian who he was. The reply, "I am a Catholic priest," eloquently expressed his desire to give witness to what the great High Priest, Jesus, did for all of us on the Cross.
The condemned ten were moved to a death block. They were deprived of all food and drink to induce death. Ordinarily this bunker had resonated with the excruciating screams of the damned. But now there was a startling change. The SS could not understand it. The condemned men prayed and sang hymns at the inspiration of Father Kolbe. After two weeks, only the priest Kolbe was still alive until a prison guard administered a lethal injection on the vigil of Mary's Assumption 1941. On the day of the feast his body was burned in the crematorium with all the others. The executioners would tolerate no remains of the martyr to be reverenced by the faithful. And yet, what from a worldly viewpoint seemed to be utter defeat, in fact is part of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of our Queen gloriously reigning on earth as in heaven.
Shortly thereafter, prayers ascended to him before his Heavenly Father from far and near, and numerous favors were being attributed to Maximilian's intercession. The process for his canonization moved rather rapidly. Pope Paul VI beatified him as a confessor in 1971 and Pope John Paul II canonized him a saint and martyr of charity in 1982.
The dream endures
What became of St. Maximilian Kolbe's highly successful work? Did it die with him? Quite the contrary. The Militia of the Immaculate and its apostolate of the press continue on most continents.
But perhaps a more astonishing triumph is with his confreres, who once opposed his dreams and endeavors and ridiculed Maximilian as a fool, and eventually became infected with his folly. The general chapter of his religious order directed that every friary establish the Militia in its area and that the foundation of a Niepokalanow be undertaken in every country. The various publications he inspired continue to explain the Militia and to instruct readers to join them in placing all apostolic efforts under the banner of Mary Immaculate.
Our Lady's Fool did not work or suffer or sacrifice his life in vain. Those who battle under the standard of the Immaculate are always victorious. Continue to march in step with Mary.
Last Chance to See Current Exhibit
Icons in Needle and Thread
The Marian Library Gallery is featuring With Needle and Thread, Beaded Portraits of Mother and Child, an exhibit of works by Nancy Goes, from September 6 - November 11 on the seventh floor of Roesch Library. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or with special arrangements by appointment. Call 937-229-4214. Click here for more information or here for a virtual exhibit.
Culture and Religion in Armenia
The Marian Library is also presenting an exhibit of photos taken by Robert Breen in the First Floor Gallery of Roesch Library from October 7 - November 11, 2011. To see a virtual exhibit of these photographs, visit his website, robertbreenphotography.com, then click on Armenia.
At the Manger Thanksgiving Open House: No Place Like Home
Save the Date, Saturday, November 26, 2011 from 1-5 pm. You are invited to the Roesch and Marian Libraries! Enjoy an all new selection of world Nativities in three featured exhibitions with children's activities, refreshments, live entertainment, and our Stable Store. Bring your family and friends to celebrate the beginning of the Advent season. Click here for details including a video.
We also have a permanent crèche exhibit and a dedicated online giving page specifically for those who wish to support The Marian Library crèche collections.
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 Mariology section 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 originated east of Milan, Italy in 1983, and is now heard in fifty-four countries. The main USA station is in Alexandria, Louisiana with affiliate stations across the USA [including FM 88.7, WHJM, in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) and AM 1600, WULM, in Springfield/Dayton, Ohio. All USA Radio Maria stations regularly air live Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm EST and on Thursday and Friday from 2:30-3:00 pm EST, as well as local programming originating from many other affiliated Radio Maria stations in the USA.
International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule
IMRI courses for the Fall 2011 semester concluded on October 28, 2011.
The Pontifical Academic Program leading to STL and STD in theology with a specialization in Marian Studies offers courses in three year-round sessions. See our course offerings through Summer 2012.
In keeping with the season of Black Catholic History Month, celebrated by UD in November, we suggest Dark and Beautiful, paintings by Father Jim Hasse.
Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page (also available in French). The latest updates were: Moldova; Monaco; Netherlands; and Norway. Expect more countries to follow.
We have revised and expanded our material in Chinese. This is a work in progress, so expect more content soon. Feel free to let us know what you think of this section.
Rosary Campaign in the Philippines
Title: A Million Roses for the World
Date: Started October 10, 2011 and will continue for two hundred days
Location: Family Rosary Crusade in the Philippines
A significant campaign to get commitments from a million people, primarily Filipinos, to pray the Rosary for two hundred days, each day for a different country! Visit their official website for more details.
The Family Rosary Crusade also recently celebrated its sixtieth anniversary with a large Rosary Rally in the Philippines on October 8, 2011. Father James H. Phalan, CSC, currently MSA Vice President, attended the event. Click here for more information.
Marian Procession Unites Faithful in Manchester
The Marian Community of Reconciliation and the Christian Life Movement have brought a traditional Marian pilgrimage back to the streets of Manchester.
Last Sunday's event brought some one thousand people to the predominantly Muslim neighborhood of Rusholme for a procession with Our Lady of Reconciliation.
"It's been fantastic," reported one participant, Damian O'Reilly of Greater Manchester Police. "I remember the old days and it's nice to get something going again and show that we're proud of our faith. This is just going to get bigger and bigger. This year we had one thousand participants, but next year we'll have five thousand."
Local schoolchildren, teachers, parishioners of different ethnicities, and eight priests came together to pray the rosary and sing songs....
Click here to read the complete article.
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.
The Creation of a Crèche
Source: Campus Report (University of Dayton), November 4, 2011
Five years ago, Jean Nickelman decided that she wanted to do something meaningful with the wealth of free time she suddenly had after retirement.
Sister Jean Frisk, I.S.S.M., a friend since college, had some ideas. She needed a few volunteers to spend a few hours each week during the fall to help with the assembly, creation, and delivery of crèches for the University's popular World Nativity Traditions series each Christmas season....
Without the help of volunteers, multicultural nativities wouldn't appear each November in offices across campus, library exhibits, community festivals, and museum galleries around the Miami Valley and beyond....
Whatever their reason for volunteering, the motivation is the same. All I know is that what we're doing is for Baby Jesus, Frisk said....
The World Nativity Traditions series is the result of the work of Father Johann Roten, S.M., who began the collection in 1987 as a way to foster art appreciation and extend the University's outreach to the community. It expanded rapidly in the 1990s and is now one of the University's most beloved exhibitions....
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.
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 submit prayer requests directly or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!
The Mary Page website is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see what's in the news.
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