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July 6, 1999

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Features

July 16: Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Art Bulletin:

Three Recent Articles Cover Mary in Art
Review for Religious:
Recent Marian Articles
Pope John Paul II's Recent Words on Mary
Our Lady of Tears
Use Lexis-Nexis to Find Info on Mary
Marian Shrine in Rigaud near Montreal
Rail Link to Vailankanni, the Marian Basilica in India
Visiting Shrines Pilgrims Promote Human Dignity

July 16: Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

A variety of resources on the theme:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel


Art Bulletin: Three Recent Articles Cover Mary in Art

The Contents of the March 1999 issue of Art Bulletin list the following three references:

[Source: Art Bulletin: Volume LXXXI, Number 1, March 1999]


Review for Religious: Recent Marian Articles

The May-June 1999 issue of Review for Religious has two articles on Mary:


Pope John Paul II's Recent Words on Mary

At the close of May, the traditional candlelight procession of the faithful took place in the Vatican Gardens. The procession led to the Lourdes Grotto, while the rosary was recited. Upon reaching the grotto, Cardinal Virgilio Noè, Vicar General for Vatican City, presided at a Liturgy of the Word. At the end of the liturgy, Pope John Paul II gave the following message:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

With this inspiring celebration in the Vatican Gardens, we end the month of Mary, which this year was especially dedicated to prayer for peace. In this regard, today's feast of the Visitation offers us a very significant point for meditation: it presents the Blessed Virgin who, bearing within her the Word made flesh, goes to help her elderly cousin, who is about to give birth. In Mary we recognize the model of the Church which, through her works of mercy and charity, brings Christ the Saviour's peace to the world.

How many of Church's children over the last 2,000 years have borne witness to the love of the heavenly Father on the many frontiers of solidarity! This in a way is a great "visitation", which is extended to the whole world, radiant with the mystery of God who makes himself close to us and cares for his physical and moral wounds.

By so doing, the Church becomes each day a peacemaker with the humble courage of Blessed Mary, the handmaid of the God of peace.

Let us look to her, dear brothers and sisters, as we pray before this grotto, which reminds us of Lourdes and the other places where a special "visitation" of Our lady occurred in history. In Mary's Visitation we see the fatherly concern of God, who never abandons his people; indeed, he cares for the least ones and those excluded. In his great mercy, God has visited and redeemed his people! This is the reason for every Jubilee, and especially for the forthcoming 2,000th anniversary of the Incarnation. This evening let us entrust our every project and prayer to Mary, Virgin of the Visitation and Queen of Peace. Amen.

On June 12, during the Holy Father's trip to Poland this year, the pope celebrated a Liturgy of the Word in Cardinal Wyszynski Square in front of the Church of Our Lady Queen of Poland. Mary is venerated at the cathedral under the title, Mother of Divine Protection. The Holy Father's theme centered on the Visitation: Mary's journey, Mary as bearer of the Eternal Word, the Son of God, and Mary's Magnificat. The pope spoke eloquently, joining thoughts of the beauty of Mary's life as bearer of the Word, in praise of the beauty of his homeland, and in praise of the beauty of all life, especially human life. Brief excerpts:

The beauty of this land leads me to appeal its preservation for future generation. If you love our native land, do not let this appeal go unanswered! In a special way I call upon those who have been entrusted with responsibility for this country and its development, and I urge them not to neglect their duty of protecting it against environmental destruction.

Let us look to Mary and invoke her in the words of Elizabeth: "Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord" (Lk 1:45)

Blessed are you, Mary, Mother of the Redeemer. Today we entrust to you the destiny of the land of Zamość, of the Polish countryside and of all who live and work there, carrying out the Creator's command to subdue it. Guide us with your faith in this new era which is opening up before us. Be with us together with our Son, Jesus Christ, who wishes to be for us the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.


Our Lady of Tears

Recent queries at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute have indicated renewed interest in a devotion known as "Our Lady of Tears." We searched our files and found there is a special Rosary devotion devoted to Mary under this title. At the same time, we received via email this contemporary interpretation of Our Lady of Tears. The devotions – both in variety of prayer forms and visual forms – remind us of the words of Pope Paul VI to: "to encourage the creative impulse of those who through genuine religious inspiration or pastoral sensitivity wish to establish new forms of piety" [the Angelus and the Rosary are being discussed here] MC 40.

Excerpts from a booklet entitled, "Our Lady of Tears," with an imprimatur from 1936:

Mary's Tears

"On November 8, 1929, Sister Amalia, her heart moved by the grief of a relative whose wife was critically ill, sought Jesus in the Tabernacle and pleaded that she might give her own life for this mother of little children. So sincerely was the desire of this Sister who bears the Holy Stigmata that Our Lord spoke to her, telling her how to pray to attain this grace. Jesus said: "Pray to me in behalf of my mother's tears, I shall gladly grant them." Sister Amalia bent low her head as she reflected on the Tears of Our Lady. "How shall I pray?" she asked humbly. "O Jesus, listen to our prayers in behalf of your holy mother's tears. O Jesus, look down upon the tears of her who loved you best on earth and most deeply loves you now in heaven," was the answer." ... "Later my mother will give the treasure of her tears to my beloved institute as a magnet of mercy."

From this and other experiences developed the devotion of a rosary which consists of 49 small, white pearls. These are divided into seven decades by seven large pearls of the same color. It is similar to the rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Also attached to the rosary are three small pearls and the medal of Our Lady of Tears.

You can learn more of this and see the original image at:

http://www.seeds-of-faith.com/OurLadyofTearsShrine/tearsshrine.htm


Use Lexis-Nexis to Find Info on Mary

Academic Universe is a website that lets you search for magazine articles about Mary. Sometimes the strangest things converge, as frequent users of Internet search engines know. Mary Page editors searched for "Virgin Mary" and came up with 442 articles. Perhaps 20% of them really dealt with Mary. The advantage is: The entire article is there.

It is true that not a great number of genuine Catholic or Christian resources are documented as of yet. Nevertheless, the search pays off.

Try it at: http://web.lexis-nexis.com/


Marian Shrine in Rigaud near Montreal – Liturgy Held in "Cathedral Under the Trees"

Try Lexis-Nexis for an article by Ann Carroll from Canada's The Gazette (Montreal). Carroll describes the shrine as "Canada's Lourdes." People love to travel there to the open-air shrine. In 1998 nearly 125,000 people from all over the world visited, which is surprising because "it is such a small place."

You can, hopefully, connect to the article at: http://web.lexis- nexis.con/univers...5+223c89e364b6b820bbf904d36d6a2fa. If not, search for The Gazette, Montreal, Canada, Regaud Shrine Marks 125 Years.


Rail Link to Vailankanni, the Marian Basilica in India

[Our Lady of
Good Health in Vailankanni] It was great news to the pilgrims and the devotees of Our Lady of Good Health in Vailankanni, in South India, when the Railway minister Nitis Kumar laid the foundation for the B/G Rail Link to Vailankanni on June 18, 1999. The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Health is perhaps the most visited shrine of Mary in India. The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated at the Shrine of Vailankanni in the context of a nine-day festival, drawing more than a million and a half pilgrims. Not only do vast numbers of Catholics journey to Vailankanni throughout the year, but many non-Christians visit as well. The original modest chapel was replaced by a modern and spacious church in 1933. The Shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni was elevated to a Basilica on November 3, 1962 by Pope John XXIII.


Our Lady of Good Health in Vailankanni

In a simple function the bishop and the rector of the shrine, Very Rev. Fr. G. Arul Iruthayam, handed over the shrine's own contribution towards this project. According to the Minister for Railways, this work will be completed in about 18 months.

Honorable minister Rengarajan Kumaramangalam, while appreciating the unflinching courage of the parish priest in this endeavor, spoke that this gesture by a BJP party to a Catholic shrine is a sign that the government is not anti-religious. Though the atrocities in Gujarat aginst the Christians are not easily forgotten, this step of the Central Government is gratefully appreciated.

The building of the railroad to the shrine alleviates the unsurmountable hardships of the pilgrims who travel by train to the much visited center of pilgrimage in India.


Visiting Shrines Can Help Pilgrims Promote Human Dignity

A beautiful article by Cindy Wooden in Catholic New York's June 3, 1999, issue includes the following:

A visit to a Catholic shrine should help pilgrims praise God, change their lives and reach out to the poor and suffering, a new Vatican document said.

Visiting a shrine "shows its fruits, particularly in charitable commitments, in actions for the promotion of human dignity, of justice and peace," said the document released May 25 at the Vatican.

"The Shrine: Memorial, Presence and Prophecy of the Living God" was written by the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers.

... The central activity of all shrines should be the celebration of the Mass and the sacrament of penance, it said.

The staff of Marian shrines, it said, "should pay constant attention so that the various expressions of Marian piety would be integrated into the liturgical life which is the center and definition of the shrine."

Devotion to Mary, it said, should lead pilgrims to model their lives on hers: listening to God's word, responding to his call, receiving grace through the sacraments and making a commitment to their brothers and sisters in need.

[Document referred to above: "The Shrine: Memorial, Presence and Prophecy of the Living God," written by the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers.


Knights of Columbus: Rosary Tape Give-Away

An article by J. Gary Kuntz in the Spring 1999 issue of Medjugorje Magazine, tells Mr. Kuntz's story of his experiences at Medjugorje which resulted in his authorship of meditations on the rosary. Mr. Kuntz writes:

At a Denver Center for Peace Day of Prayer, after leading the rosary, at least 12 people asked, "Do you have an audio cassette of that?" We accepted it as a sign to make the audio tape.

The council approved $3,000, a large amount for a small council, to make the tape. We recorded all 15 decades along with songs and meditations and although it was scary, gave them away, accepting only what people wanted to donate. After three years, we have distributed over 15,000 rosary tapes into 50 states and Canadian provinces. This has happened largely because we inivte other K. of C. councils to join us in our work.

To order a free tape and booklet, write: K. of C. Council #8909 Rosary Tapes, St. Francis of Assisi Church, 2746 Hwy 86, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104. A donation will allow the Knights to continue their work.


Rosaries Wanted – New Call

The Blue Letter of the Riehle Foundation, May 1999, notes:

We are in desperate need of solid black, blue, brown, or gray plastic cord rosaries for our prisoners and colorful ones for our foreign missions. Any help that you can give us will be greatly appreciated!

The Riehle Foundation
PO Box 7
Milford, OH 45150-0007

For further information, contact them at TEL: 513-576-0032 or FAX: 513-576-0022.


Brief Marian Bibliography

Have need of a brief, but rich bibliography on the Mother of Jesus? Mary Page has one at:

Marian Bibliography in Brief

You will find references on the Bible, systematics, reference, spirituality, ecumenism, cultural, feminism, apparitions, and doctrine.


Images of Mary –: Contemporary Variations in Washington, DC

The traveling exhibit of the Mariological Society of America is currently on exhibit at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The exhibit began its tour at the International Schoenstatt Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin; moved from there to The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio; and was on display in Washington in the Memorial Hall of the basilica. From there the exhibit will move to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows at Belleville, Illinois, July 28 - September 1, 1999.

You can view the exhibit at Images of Mary: Contemporary Variations.
Through the kindness of Sister Ann Marie Harrison, I.H.M., you can also view the layout of the Washington exhibit at Images of Mary: Contemporary Variations – Exhibition at Memorial Hall, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.


Marian Studies – The Virgin Mary In Art

[Cover of The Virgin Mary In
Art]
Now available!

Marian Studies
Volume XLIX (1998)

The Virgin Mary In Art

Annual Publication of The Mariological Society of America.

Payment in U.S. currency – Prepayment requested.

To order: Send check ($15.00) to:

Marian Studies
c/o MSA Secreariat
The Marian Library
University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1390


Mary and Jesus Christ: Mother of Jesus Christ

Mary Page is in the process of publishing a compendium of Marian themes that have surfaced in magisterial documents from Vatican II to the present. The first set of themes corresponded to the Year of God our Father as recommended by Pope John Paul II in preparation for the turn of the millennium. The next set of themes centers on Jesus Christ and Mary, with various sub-themes. Information on the sources is also given in cross reference pages. This resource is found at:

Mary and Jesus Christ: Mother of Jesus Christ

Prayer Corner Requests

You are invited to help us pray for our prayer corner intentions.

Prayer Corner

The intentions of the Holy Father for July 1999:


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