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Mary in the News: Aug. 22, 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

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  • Online Marian Forum
  • We are preparing to host the seventh session of our continuing series of online Marian Forums.  Please join us on October 12, 2018, when our theme will be: Have We Lost Mary, Mother of the Church?  At this session, we will discuss how to rekindle Marian devotion in an increasingly motherless culture.

    We invite everyone interested in this event to register online by September 28.  

  • Details

    As in the past, our intention is to help you to prepare for the forum by sending you in advance the two papers that will be presented live.  Questions and comments from the online and in-person audience will drive a discussion that will commence once the speakers finish presenting their papers.  Then, sometime after the forum, the papers will be published.

    It is our hope to bring you our continuing Marian Forums on a frequent basis in order to promote fresh, new research and to stimulate creativity in furthering the study and teaching of Mariology.  Consequently, we hope that you will continue to work with us in this endeavor.

    Please help us to make the upcoming session a success both by registering for it now and by inviting others to join us.  We are looking forward to having you in the audience.

Mary in Media: Books, Films, Music, etc.

Mary Poppins as a Symbolic Marian Figure

  • [Today, Catholics are celebrating the Queenship of Mary] which makes it the perfect time to share this fun discussion I had with Julian Ahlquist, founding faculty member of Chesterton Academy, about Mary Poppins and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    Julian makes a strong case that Mary Poppins represents the Mother of God, and one of his reasons is because both Marys experience an assumption (see the end of the Mary Poppins film.)

    Julian and I walked through the entire Mary Poppins narrative, noting other Catholic connections, including Bert as St. Joseph and "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" as an unavoidably religious invocation.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Brother John Samaha, S.M., sent us the text below with the following comments: "Greetings and blessings for the feast of the Queenship of Mary on August 22."

Queenship of Mary by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

The Lucan Annunciation offers the first allusion to Mary as Queen

          The Angel, Gabriel, announces her son will be king of the house of Jacob forever.

          She will be Queen Mother.

Other early allusions begin with third century Fathers of the Church

          Jesus is King by nature as God

          Mary is Queen by grace

          Mary is Queen by maternal relationship to Jesus       

                   Chosen by God for this unique relationship

                   Jesus had no human father

 Pius XII (cf. Ad Caeli Reginam)

          Nothing is excluded from her dominion

          Mediatrix of all graces

          She can obtain from her Son any favor

OT - 1 Kings 2:20

          The Mother of the king had the power to obtain any reasonable favor

          Solomon seated his mother, Bathsheba, on a throne at his right

                   "Make your request, Mother, for I will not refuse you."

                   Here is an OT type of Our Lady

Jesus, our Lord and King, does not refuse his Mother anything

          Ask and you will receive.

Marian Events

Event: Day of Recollection

Theme: Mary, Unique and Like Us

Location: Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Retreat Center, 5440 Moeller Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • You are invited to join us for talks to be given by Father Jim, Costigan, C.P.M., at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mass, Rosary, Morning Prayer, and opportunity for Confession.  A simple lunch for those registered by 8/20/2018.  The event is free; but free will offerings would be accepted.
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Mary in the Catholic Press

The Queen of Heaven: A Reminder There's Hope for You and Me (Zenit) August 2, 2018

One week after the Solemn Feast of Mary’s Assumption into heaven, the church celebrates today the Mother of God as Queen of Heaven.  In the fourth century St. Ephrem called Mary "Lady" and "Queen."  Later Church fathers and doctors continued to use the title.  Hymns of the eleventh to thirteenth centuries address Mary as queen: "Hail, Holy Queen," "Hail, Queen of Heaven," "Queen of Heaven."  The Dominican rosary and the Franciscan crown as well as numerous invocations in Mary's litany celebrate her queenship.

It was Pope Pius XII who established this feast in 1954.  But Mary's queenship has roots in Scripture.  At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary's Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever.  At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary "mother of my Lord."  As in all the mysteries of Mary's life, Mary is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus' kingship.  We can also recall that in the Old Testament the mother of the king has great influence in court.

In his 1954 encyclical To the Queen of Heaven, Pope Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus' redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power....

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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.

True Devotion to Mary Study Group (Saint Gertrude Parish Bulletin) July 18, 2018

Join in studying what is considered by many to be "the greatest single book of Marian spirituality ever written," (TAN Publishers).  True Devotion to Mary has influenced countless souls, including St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta.

DVD presentation at St. Gertrude begins August 28, 2018 and runs through May 28, 2019. It will conclude with Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on May 31, 2019 following the 11:30 am Mass.

Meetings at St. Gertrude will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 12:30 - 2:30 pm in the parish center lobby.

To register send an email to: with your name and contact info.

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