Monday February 19, 2018

Mary in the News: Feb. 19, 2018

By Michael Duricy

Read recent items about Mary in both Catholic and secular news. Also, see International Marian Research Institute news and updates.

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Mary in the Secular Press

Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute Features

  • The Koehler Award for international students is now accepting applications. The award is $200. Eligibility is for an international student currently attending UD and who would return in the Fall. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2018. Click here for more information.
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Mary in Media: Books, Films, Music, etc.

Famous Singers of Marian Tunes

Dr. Gloria Dodd informed us of two good examples of the above.  Feel free to let us know if you are aware of others.
For the Elvis fans out there, he sang The Miracle of the Rosary as you can read about online at:  This article includes a hyperlink to a two-minute audio clip of the song on YouTube.
Similarly, Judy Garland recorded My Rosary for Life Begins For Andy Hardy.  Though this number was not included when that film was released, a three-minute audio clip is available online.
From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John Samaha, S.M., sent us the text below.

Let's Hear It For Our Founder by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

From time to time we Marianists need a reminder and additional encouragement to extend interest in our Founder.

How much do we personally know about Blessed William Joseph Chaminade?  How familiar are we individually with his history and legacy?  Are we continuing to learn about him and his spirit?  Do we welcome opportunities to talk about him and to explain him to others?

Generally most people know quite a bit about the members of their natural, biological families, and are proud of their forebears.  Many are well-informed about sports figures and political figures, and know quite a bit about them and their achievements.  Do we feel this way about our Founder and about our Marianist 'saints'?  How do we appreciate them?

People tend to talk about subjects they like.  Do we feel this way about Father Chaminade, the heritage he left us, and his cause for canonization?  Can we explain the status and progress of his cause?  What is the level of our Marianist family pride?  What are we doing about it?  What can we do better?

In life we generally get what we deserve. Progress simply does not happen without effort.  If Chaminade and his cause are not well known, we are responsible.  We need to work with Jesus and Mary and with each other to produce results. 

What are our family responsibilities?  What can we do?  We are challenged to cultivate interest in our Founder and his cause by explaining him and his charism to others; by welcoming opportunities to respond to questions about him.  We are asked to be creative in arranging such opportunities.

Seldom have I encountered a Salesian who did not find a way to bring up St. John Bosco in the course of a conversation or meeting.  The same is my experience with Franciscans, Dominicans, Jesuits, Montfortians, and other religious.

Now is the time for us to rise to the occasion to promote knowledge of, and interest in, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.  Let us learn more about him and appreciate him more deeply so that we may share our Marianist enthusiasm with others.

Climb onto the bandwagon to beat the drum for our Founder.  We are called to be cheerleaders and billboards for Chaminade.  Chaminade is our patriarch, our exemplary model.  We are his lengthened shadow.

Let us proudly celebrate Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.


Marian Events

Event: Mercy and Mary Retreat

Theme: A Day Retreat for Men and Women

Location: St. Raphael Church, 525 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village, OH 44140 

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Join the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy for an inspiring retreat featuring best-selling author and acclaimed speaker, Father Michael Gaitley, MIC.  This one-day retreat includes: Mass; three conferences with Father Gaitley; Adoration; Chaplet of Divine Mercy; a book signing, continental breakfast; and lunch.  Registration is required by February 28, 2018.  Click here for more details.


Mary in the Catholic Press

Saints for the Lenten Season (Zenit website) February 19, 2018

US Conference of Catholic Bishops Outlines Some Models for Holiness This Lent....

March 19: Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Silence is golden.  St. Joseph, the model of humility, and one of the world's greatest saints, is often mentioned as being silent.  This silence speaks volumes.  In it, the Church realizes his faithfulness, his love and his acceptance of the Holy Will of God.  St. Joseph was not a man of many words.  He was a man of action.  We have only one direct statement about his personality.  In Matthew's Gospel, he is described as "a righteous man" (Matthew 1:19).  His actions alone reveal everything else we know about him.  He brings Mary and the Child she bears into his home when, in the sight of the world, he would be justified in divorcing her.  He leads the expectant Mary into Bethlehem, and flees with her and her Child into Egypt.  When it is safe, he returns with the two into Galilee.  He does all of this, because God asks it of him.  He never hesitates.  Each time we read that the angel spoke to Joseph, the following sentence begins with the action St. Joseph took.  "Joseph awoke." "Joseph rose." "He went."  Each time he received a summons, his reaction was to follow the call immediately.  Never once did he hesitate....

March 25: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

"Enriched from the first instant of her conception with the splendor of an entirely unique holiness, the virgin of Nazareth is hailed by the heralding angel, by divine command, as 'full of grace' (cf. Luke 1:28).  To the heavenly messenger she replies: 'Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word' (Luke 1:38).  Thus, the daughter of Adam, Mary, consenting to the word of God, became the Mother of Jesus.  Committing herself wholeheartedly and impeded by no sin to God's saving will, she devoted herself totally, as a handmaid of the Lord, to the person and work of her Son, under and with him, serving the mystery of redemption, by the grace of Almighty God" (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church/Lumen Gentium, 56)....

Click here to read the complete article.

Mary in the Secular Press

The director and editors of All About Mary 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.

Nun's Recovery Recognized as Seventieth Official Miraculous Lourdes Healing (Catholic Telegraph e-pistle edition) February 14, 2018

As the Catholic Church celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, a French Bishop announced the seventieth officially recognized miraculous cure of a pilgrim to the Lourdes grotto where Mary appeared 160 years ago. 

Bishop Jaques Benoit-Gonnin of Beauvais formally declared on February 11, 2018 "the prodigious, miraculous character" of the healing of Sister Bernadette Moriau ... who had been partially paralyzed for more than twenty years ... 

Click here to read the complete article [then go to page 3].


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