Mary in the News: Dec. 20, 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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Father Johann Roten, S.M. supplied insight on the topic of Our Lady of Guadalupe to NBC News correspondent Raul A. Reyes. Click here for more information.

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

Seasonal Reading from ML/IMRI

For the Advent and Christmas seasons, consider a copy of God Still Comes or Mirror of HopeHere is the direct link to purchase online: https://secure.touchnet.com/C20221_ustores/web/classic/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=66&CATID=108


From the Marian Treasure Chest

In One Hand a Rosary, in the Other, a Pen by Blessed Bartolo Longo

The entire Rosary has the beauty of reproducing the theological thoughts concerning Mary; they are reproduced in the entire dialectic of truth and deduction. Marian theology and the Rosary are two poems that are united into one, two hymns forming one hymn, two magnificent temples, and two cathedrals of thought and piety that come together as one.

Here in the Rosary, piety speaks in the language of theologians. Here meditation rises to the heights attained by scholars. Here prayer dwells where the scholars are brought to a halt. Marian theology and the Rosary are therefore similar to two temples having at the same height their pinnacles and spires.

The people of God in the Church have found the Rosary its Book of Psalms. The clergy have the Divine Office, the people have the Rosary. Like The Divine Comedy, the Rosary is a trilogy: it recalls the joys, sorrows, and triumphs of Jesus and in perfect symmetry, for each part has five chants, and each chant in turn is an episode.

The Rosary could very well be called the poem of human redemption. The Rosary is a poem that takes its lively but simplistic hues from the pure palette of the Gospel; while at the same time it draws its logical ties, its harmonious responses, and its entire intimate dialectic from the highest theology.


Marian Events

Theme: Advent Calendar and Nativity Exhibit from the collection of Tim and Kathleen Nealeigh.

Location: Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, 2291 St. John’s Road in Maria Stein, Ohio

Date: December 1, 2017 - January 7, 2018

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Mary in the Catholic Press

Holy Father: Advent Invites Us to Prepare (Zenit website) December 10, 2017

Pope Francis reminded the faithful on December 10, 2017, that Advent is the time of preparation. He addressed the crowds in St. Peter's Square before the Angelus.

"Last Sunday we began Advent with the invitation to watch," the Holy Father recalled. "Today, the second Sunday of this time of preparation for Christmas, the Liturgy points out the proper contents: it's the time to recognize the voids to fill in our life, to smooth the asperities of pride and make room for Jesus who is coming."

To be heedful and vigilant are the assumptions not to continue "wandering far from the Lord's ways," lost in our sins and in our infidelities. To be heedful and to be vigilant are the conditions to enable God to break into our existence, to restore meaning and value to it with His presence full of goodness and tenderness. May Mary Most Holy, model in waiting for God and icon of vigilance, guide us to encounter her Son Jesus, reviving our love for Him....

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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.

Breathtaking Light Show at Notre-Dame Cathedral Commemorates WWI (NBC News) November 8, 2017

Visitors gathered in the courtyard of Notre-Dame in Paris on Wednesday night to watch the Dame de Coeur light and sound show on the cathedral's facade....

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