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October 13, 1998

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Queen of All Hearts
CRUX of the News
Christianity and the Arts
The Rosary's Return
The Marian Library's Rosary Holdings

Queen of All Hearts

Are you looking for a magazine devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary that is a combination of devotion, sound teaching, articles, stories and poetry? You will find this in the publication:

Queen of All Hearts

published bimonthly by the Montfort Missionaries of Bay Shore, New York.

The September-October 1998 issue is packed with excellent articles and news items. There is, for instance, a lead article on the recently deceased Cardinal John Joseph Carberry (1904-1998), who, among other Marian contributions, wrote the intervention on Mary at the synod on catechesis, which Pope John Paul II quoted in his encyclical on catechesis. He called her: "Mary, a living catechism." The article includes an excerpt from Cardinal Carberry's last will and testament, which speaks of his warm devotion and his consecration to Mary.

There are articles emphasizing the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort and articles on Marian shrines. You will find an article by Fr. Thomas A. Thompson, S.M. reporting on the annual convention of the Mariological Society of America, "The Virgin Mary in Art," and a survey of recent mariology by Fr. Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm.

You can obtain this publication for a reasonable price by contacting:

Queen of All Hearts, 26 S. Saxon Ave., Bay Shore, NY 11706-8993. Telephone: 516-665-0726. Fax 1-516-665-4349. E-mail:

CRUX of the News

CRUX of the News is a specialized news and information service which gives all sorts of useful information. In both the September 7 and 28th editions, reference was made to two new publications on Mary that have appeal to a wide public.

Christianity and the Arts

The Summer 1998 issue of Christianity and the Arts refers to Marian art in two of its articles.

The Rosary's Return

Father Antall, who works in the missions in El Salvador, has written an essay for the October 11, 1998 edition of Our Sunday Visitor that could be compared to the story of many Catholics concerning the rosary devotion after Vatican II. Here are extracts of Fr. Antall's article:

...I, too, let the Rosary go. Before I was out of high school, I had stopped saying the Rosary.

I went to seminary right after high school, but I did not find the Rosary there. We lived through the 1970s, a time of crisis in most formation programs. We never once said the Rosary together as a seminary, even though the Second Vatican Council encouraged the devotion for priests. It was not chic to pray the rosary, and the few seminarians who brought up the devotion were regarded as relics of the past. Once, I went to a Rosary that three guys were saying after lunch because I felt sorry for the seminarian who had announced that there would be a Rosary for the conversion of Russia, and then had been laughed at.

I defended the right of those who wanted to pray the Rosary, but did not pray it myself privately. My siblings gave me a fine rosary for a birthday gift while I was in the college part of the seminary, and I had to hide my disappointment. They were giving me a contemplative tool, but I did not know how to use it.

It was after the seminary that I discovered the Rosary again, thanks to some pious women of my first parish. Then, too, I was present for a very memorable Rosary in Spanish on the feast of Our Lady of Altagracia in Santo Domingo. I did not even know Spanish at the time, but the experience had quite an impact upon me. I began to say the Rosary again. Perhaps it was that I had matured enough for the Rosary. It is now a part of my life. In fact, now I could not imagine my prayer life without the Rosary. It both calms me and keeps me focused on Jesus.

The Rosary may be a Marian devotion, but it is a Christological prayer. The mysteries of the Rosary are not about Mary, at least not exclusively. They are about Christ, first of all, and then about his work in Mary and in every Christian. ... In the parish I served in Painesville, there was a devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary remembered as Our Lady of Pompeii in Southern Italy. The image which represents the devotion has St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena kneeling at the feet of the Virgin, both receiving rosaries from her. I was praying in church one day in front of the picture and imagined myself kneeling in a corner alongside the saints -- not because I belong there, but because I believe my devotion to the Rosary was a gift, too.

The Marian Library's Rosary Holdings

Did you know that The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute has a wide range of holdings on the rosary? In addition to books, devotions, pamphlets, and materials from many worldwide movements, there is also a collection of actual rosaries. These holdings are currently being expanded under the initiative of Rev. Louis Bonacci, SJ, who has a research affiliation with the institute. Fr. Bonacci intends to develop an extensive collection on the rosary in order to be of better service to those who would like to study and implement this devotion, a devotion so widely recommended by the magisterium of the Church.

If you would like to contribute to the expansion of the this section of the Marian Library, you are welcome to do so. The library welcomes unique rosary beads and many diverse forms of the devotion. The Marian Library also welcomes those who could assist Fr. Bonacci's research on the rosary in any way.

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