By DEXTER DUGGAN
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Books have been a steppingstone through life for scholarly Remi Ruiz, who has collected them for decades. He met his future wife, Alma, at a bookstore. Today, if he wanted, he could pave the floors beneath their feet at home with books, if that wasn’t being disrespectful of the printed word.
Welcoming a visitor to their bookcase-lined living room that looks more like a library in this Phoenix suburb, the Ruizes speak of their dream to put their thousands of volumes into service at a hoped-for center for the Blessed Mother as St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe revered her, the Immaculata, the Mother of the Savior who would lead others to Christ.
“One of our dreams is to have a center —” Alma Ruiz begins a sentence.
“ — to study, teach, and publicize who Mary Immaculate really is,” her husband, Remi, pitches in, expressing the hope for “a Marian retreat study center.”
The couple, who both teach at a Catholic school, hope to find others to join in their dream, whether the proposed center ends up in Arizona or elsewhere.
“. . .We’re looking for ideas . . . then we can begin to act,” he says. Maybe some “landed gentry” could offer space for the project.
“As our Lady wills,” Remi says during the July 16 interview.
They have a business card proclaiming, “Ave Maria! Academy of the Immaculata.” It gives their phone number, 602-681-7146, and email, email@example.com. … Continue Reading