Mary in the News: Nov. 16, 2017

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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Kayla Harris, Archivist  at the Marian Library, wrote a blog about the late Father Rene Laurentin and where to locate information on him in the collections. Click here to view the Finding Aid for our collection on Father Laurentin.  Information about this is also available on the Facebook page for The Marian Library.

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

Upcoming Film About the Rosary

The World Premiere of Power In My Hands is scheduled for April 12, 2018 at the Miller High Life Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Click here for more information, or here to see the one-minute Trailer on YouTube.


From the Marian Treasure Chest

Why Pray the Rosary? by  Brother John Samaha, S.M.

Traditionally we observe October as the Month of the Holy Rosary. Some say the Rosary is repetitious and boring and is intended for simple people. Surely those persons do not understand the efficacy of the Rosary as a prayer. Simplicity is the key to perfection.

Maintaining a regular, daily, and permanent dialogue with God is the heart of prayer. This conversation can take different forms. But the key element is that this dialogue includes what God has to say to you. Whatever form it takes, prayer brings us closer to God. Throughout the centuries the experience and example of many saints and devout persons have demonstrated that the Rosary brings us closer to God. At Lourdes and Fatima our Blessed Mother encouraged us to pray the Rosary. Saints of the past and near-present prayed the Rosary daily. What more direction do we need? We can profit from their example.

The word Rosary means a crown of roses. It is a restful, soothing prayer like a mantra that quiets and calms us to enable us to reflect on the lives of Jesus and Mary, that relaxes us to be present to God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#971) calls the Rosary "an epitome of the whole Gospel."

The Rosary is the Gospel strung on beads. When praying it, we deepen our knowledge and love of Jesus and Mary and fuel our desire to imitate them and serve them more faithfully. We enter into the mysteries of Jesus and Mary and achieve an interior silence that influences our thinking, planning, and deciding. This increases our desire to follow Jesus and Mary. 

Mary, who pondered all these events in her heart, will lead us to her Son as we offer her this daily crown of roses.


Marian Events

Theme: EYA: Ensemble for Medieval Music Celebrates The Marian Library

Location: Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7:00 pm

The Marian Library will soon begin a year-long celebration of its seventy-fifth anniversary. There will be concerts and exhibits and other events throughout 2018. Click here for more information.


Mary in the Catholic Press

Francis Recalls Our Lady of Sorrows (Zenit website) September 15, 2017

Contemplate the Blessed Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross.

Pope Francis gave this advice in his homily on September 15, 2017, reported Vatican Radio, as he reflected on Our Lady of Sorrows.

His homily came as he celebrated daily Mass in the Casa Santa Marta for the second time after the summer break.

In it, he said: "Contemplate the Mother of Jesus, contemplate this sign of contradiction because Jesus is the winner, but [is] on the Cross, on the Cross. It's a contradiction, one does not understand...."

Click here to read the entire 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.

Charente: Theft of Jewels from the Treasury of the Angouleme Cathedral (orange.fr) November 12, 2017

Several jewels, including a crown, of the treasury of sacred art of the cathedral of Angoulême, whose scenography by the contemporary sculptor Jean-Michel Othoniel had been inaugurated in 2016, were stolen in the night of Saturday to Sunday....

An estimate of the damage was premature, according to the prosecutor's office, and the priest himself told Sudouest.fr it was difficult to evaluate it, "maybe 40,000 or even 60,000" euros. The thieves, professionals according to him, chose the pieces, including a crown of the virgin gold set with diamonds...."

Click here to read the article in French.


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