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Mary in the News: Feb. 25, 2019

By Michael Duricy

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

Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute Features


A regional news crew from Spectrum News 1, a statewide news station available for Spectrum cable subscribers in Ohio, visited the Marian Library at 10 a.m. on February 8, 2019 to learn about us.

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

Chaminade Video on You Tube

Spectacle, a musical about the life of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, is available to view for free on the You Tube channel for the University of Dayton.  It runs 112 minutes and includes English subtitles/closed captions.

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

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

Wellsprings of Marianist Spirituality and Education by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

Below is the specific context for Riordan, Marianist, Christian education

Principles that undergird our philosophy of education

Care and concern that extends from the cradle to the grave

We are educating for a way of life, not simply academic or social competence

This school is a Christian community of learning and formation

Foundation doctrines:

Mystical Body of Christ--created and joined in the image and likeness of God

Spiritual Maternity of Mary--cooperating with and aided by the Mother of Christ, His first and most faithful disciple, and our spiritual mother

Mary’s Apostolic Mission--participating with Mary in bringing Christian values to the world

Spirit of faith

                Foundation for action

                Decisions and actions are inspired by belief

Concern for the common good

                Service to others

You are making salvation history

                We are part of God's plan

Characteristics of Marianist education

                Basis of the five, which flow from this:

                                Participation in Mary’s Apostolic Mission

                                The comprehensive context and framework

                Baptismal grace

                We are all missionaries of Mary


Rule of Life

We teach in order to educate

Education comprises all the means which enable us to sow, cultivate, strengthen, and render fruitful the Christian spirit in our charges

The effective teacher imparts a lesson by every word, every gesture, and every look.

Sow, not reap

                Mt 13 sower and the seed


Marian Events

Title: University of Dayton Marianist Award 2019

Theme: Award Presentation and Marianist Award Address

Date: February 27, 2019

Time: 5:00 p.m. [doors open at 4:15]

Location: Kennedy Union Ballroom on the campus of the University of Dayton

A Life Among the Planets: Genesis and Revelations will be presented by this year's recipient, Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory.  A public reception will immediately follow the talk in the Torch Lounge of Kennedy Union.

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Vatican Announces Pope Will Go to Loreto & Offer Post-Synodal Document to Virgin Mary

Vatican Announces Pope Will Go to Loreto and Offer Post-Synodal Document to Virgin Mary (Zenit) February 24, 2019

"On March 25, 2019 the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, the Holy Father Pope Francis will visit Loreto."

This was announced in a statement by Alessandro Gisotti, the Director ad interim of the Holy See Press Office.

"On this occasion," the statement added, "the Pope intends to offer the Virgin Mary the Post-Synodal Exhortation of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: Youth, faith and vocational discernment, held in the Vatican from Oct. 3-28, 2018...."

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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.

Virgin Mary Appears on Wall in Texas? (Coast to Coast AM website) February 22, 2019

A house in Texas has been turned into something of a shrine after an anomaly bearing a resemblance to the Virgin Mary was spotted on a wall there.  According to a local media report, the potentially miraculous marking is located on the outside of a home in the city of Rosenberg and seemingly appeared out of nowhere around ten days ago.  Homeowners Betty and Eloy Contreras were astounded when their neighbor noticed the oddity beneath a porch light and alerted them to its presence.

"The light is like the Holy Spirit shining over the picture," marveled Betty, who is certain that the marking is some kind of spiritual sign.  "I believe she wants us to pray," the awestruck homeowner said, "and that we need to unite and pray."

Her husband, who described himself as a skeptic, conceded that he was also taken aback by the remarkable 'visitor' on the outside of their home.  "I saw it right away," he recalled, "and all I could say is 'wow.' ..."

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