Christine Watkins interviews Anna Maria Mendieta, an aficionado concerto harpist, who tells her story of her pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Madrid and then to Lourdes, in 2011. Her amazing true tale is near proof of the spiritual battle we are all undergoing and of a sovereign God who can bring victory, healing, and glory from any trial or setback.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. converses with Sr. Leanne Jablonski, FMI (Daughters of Mary Immaculate) about THE MARIANIST ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER (MEEC) an educational ministry in the Catholic tradition, stewarding the 100 acre Mount St. John natural areas, committed to sharing and interpreting the gift of the land with others in Mary’s hope-filled spirit. MEEC advocates environmental justice as integral to sustainable living and achieves its mission through land restoration, ecological research, service, learning and educational programs. Mount St. John is a 150 acre property owned by the Society of Mary (Marianists) a Catholic community of Brothers and priests founded by Bl. Wm. Joseph Chaminade. The first people to care for this land were hunters, ancestors of the later Indian nations, for whom this was part of the sacred hunting grounds between the Miamis. Among the first Euro-Americans to arrive in this area were John Patterson, National Cash Register (NCR) Industrialist and Inventor of the cash register and the electric starter) and his family who provided the land on which The Watervliet Shaker Community was founded in 1806. The original 80 acres of Mount St. John formed part of the East Farm of the Shakers, and was purchased by the Marianists in 1910. Learn about The Wetlands, Prairie, Fields, Meadows; the more than 140 unique horticultural tree specimens including The Kentucky Coffee Tree, Japanese Pagoda Tree, Kousa Dogwood, GoldenTrain, Hardy Rubber Tree and Smoke Tree. A list of the arboretum trees is available from MEEC; also hear about the Sacred Embrace Earthwork designed by local artist Carrie Pate; Chaminade Park, The Native Plant Labyrinth with various trees and hundreds of native flowers and Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto modeled after the Lourdes Grotto in Massabielle, France constructed with 230 tons of tufa rock from the Great Lakes. Learn how you can experience the Field Education Areas and Programs available through and your family or group can experience this magnificent facility and beautiful landscape at Mount St. John in Dayton, Ohio. See the MEEC “TOUCHING EARTH” Art and Educational Exhibit at Gallery St. John on the property through June 30th. MEEC Headquarters is located in St. Joseph Hall at Mount St. John; 4435 E. Patterson Road, Dayton, OH 45430. For more information, learning & volunteering opportunities see: www.meec.udayton.edu.
For those who have heard the reports about Our Lady appearing in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Hercegovina since 1981, they may wonder how to respond to this. After all, though the Church is currently investigating these reports, it has not yet made a judgment. We are therefore left to determine whether to read the messages or go there on pilgrimmage based on other criteria, not least of which is compliance with Church teachings. But what are these criteria? This program looks to Scripture for guidance. Matthew 7: 15-20 reminds us that “a good tree produces good fruit”. We also find encouragement in the same decisions faced by the Apostles when deciding whether to follow Jesus (John 1: 35 – 37). Many others as well have faced similar questions. For example, what did the people do when they first heard about the reported apparitions of Our Lady at Guadalupe, Rue de Bac, Lourdes, Fatima or elsewhere? The Church, in these cases, only makes a judgement after very careful examination, and this may take many years to complete.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Sr. Celia Chua, MIC (Missionaries of The Immaculate Conception) of Montreal, Canada, IMRI Faculty Member (Pontifical International Marian Research Institute) at the University of Dayton Marian Library about the Annual World Day of the Sick and its three consistent themes celebrated every year on the Feast of The Immaculate Conception at Lourdes, France, on February 11 since 1992; the pertinent Vatican Message of Pope Benedict XVI; Sacraments of Healing and the Scriptures; the importance of the Catholic Sacraments of the Sick; the writings of St. Augustine and the Spirituality of Lourdes celebrated February 11 based on Sr. Celia’s writings and experiences with the sick citing passages from Fr. Henri Nouewen’s book relating his pilgrimage to Lourdes!
In this edition of Living with Mary Today, Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. etells listeners about Our Lady of Lourdes.
This is the second program in which Sr. Jean Frisk discusses the Immaculate Conception as our national patronage.
In this program, Sr. Jean Frisk discusses the Immaculate Conception as our national patronage.