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August 31, 1999

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Celebrate Mary's Birthday
CRUX Notes
Award-winning video
Assisi and Mary
Argentina Honors Mary
Marian Shrine in Vietnam
Holy Card Graphic Images

Celebrate Mary's Birthday

September 8th is the liturgical celebration commemorating Mary's birthday. Please see Mary Page resources:

CRUX Notes

CRUX of the News recently featured two new publications on Mary:

Award-winning Video of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute

The 14th International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival took place in Niepokalan´o;w Warsaw, Poland from May 19 - 23, 1999. The festival was sponsored by the Catholic Film Association of Maximilian Maria Kolbe. Thursday evening, May 20th, was designated as Marian Evening. The documentary about The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, All Generations Will Call Her Blessed, was presented during this evening. The video, directed by Michael R. Kurtz of the University of Dayton, was introduced by Fr. Antoni Nadbrzezny. The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute received word in late July that All Generations Will Call Her Blessed was listed under the category of Special Prizes awarded at the festival by a Polish Marian Church Organization called Rycerstwo Niepokalanej. The Katalog of the festival states about the film in Polish and in English:

Professionally-produced video documenting the History and Mission of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, Ohio (USA). This organization is the only Marian Pontifical Institute in the Western hemisphere. The associated library holds the world's largest collection of printed material on the Virgin Mary as well as copious holdings of Marian Art, Audio-Visual and other materials. The video shows the broad backgrounds of students and other visitors who come from many countries. Especially interesting are discussions on some of the rarest books and statues in the collection.

Assisi and Mary

Pope John Paul II recently sent a message to Assisi for the renovation of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels which had been heavily damaged in an earthquake. ZENIT Daily Dispatch for August 2, 1999, reported:

According to the Pope, the Porziuncola chapel, housed within the Basilica's wall, "preserves and offers a very special message and grace, which are present today and are a strong spiritual call to those who allow themselves to be attracted by their example."

The Holy Father wrote:

"Within the old walls of the little church, one can taste the sweetness of prayer in the company of Mary, Jesus' Mother, and experience her powerful intercession." Thus, this place became for Francis the "land of meeting" with God's forgiveness. Because of this, "he wanted everyone to share in this personal experience of God's mercy and he implored for and received a plenary indulgence for all those who, having repented and confessed, come here as pilgrims to superabundance of divine grace."

Argentina Honors Mary

The August 30th report from ZENIT News Services picked up the brief article, IMAGE OF BLESSED MARY HONORED IN ARGENTINEAN PORT. You can find the report at: EWTN

Marian Shrine in Vietnam

The ZENIT news services report:


To access the article see: Vietnam

Holy Card Graphic Images

University Professor, Julie Ann Brown, has a website that offers Cds of antique Images of Our Lady. You can find out more about the Cds at

[Mary & Child Jesus]

Mary, Beloved of the Trinity

Mary Page has a new feature under meditations: a reflection of Mary under the title, Mary, Beloved of the Trinity. The purpose of this title is to invite us to appreciate Mary's role in accompanying us on our return to Trinity, while acknowledging her Son as our sole Mediator with the Father in the Spirit. Mary will be seen as she is: a creature preeminently loved by the Trinity for the sending of Jesus among us as man. In fact, our view of Mary will make clearer our own identity. Mary, Beloved of the Trinity will focus on our being in the family of the Beloved of the Trinity also.

To read more on this topic please see: Mary, Beloved of the Trinity.

Construction at the Marian Library

The Marian Library is pleased to announce that an additional room has been allotted to the library. The spacious room will be converted into a new reading room with a larger selection of reference materials located there. The current reading room will become a documentation of various types of Marian devotional materials, statues, and nativities. The conversion process also enhances the exhibit space of the gallery which will allow more works of art opportunity for display.

Mary and Jesus Christ: Handmaid, Associate, Cooperatrix

Mary Page has published a compendiumof 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:

Mother of Jesus Christ: Handmaid, Associate, Cooperatrix

Prayer Corner Requests

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

Prayer Corner

The intentions of the Holy Father for September 1999:

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