1st Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
WE NEED TO PRAY HARD FOR THE PEACE AND SAFETY
OF THE PHILIPPINES AND OF THE WHOLE WORLD.
Dear friends, just a friendly reminder: tomorrow, March 5, is the 1st Saturday of the month. For those of you who wish to practice the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, see: https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2016/02/05/1st-saturday-of-the-month-devotion-to-the-immaculate-heart-of-mary-the-promise-of-our-lady-to-sor-lucia/
At the same time, I would like to ask you to heed Our Lady’s request to PRAY HARD. As we all know, China has built military facilities on the Spratly Islands which is claimed by different nations among which is the Philippines, basing itself on the international territorial sea laws defined by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the sea (UNCLOS).
Without entering into politics, I would just want to urge everyone, especially my fellow Filipinos to PRAY HARD for peace and security of our nation and of the entire world. “THE FIRST AND ONLY LINE OF DEFENSE THE PHILIPPINES HAS IS THE MANTLE OF PROTECTION PROVIDED BY THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. ONLY SHE CAN HELP US! TO WHOM THEN SHALL WE GO? (Cardinal Emeritus Vidal).”
On Oct. 17, 1948, Our Mother Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces privately revealed to Teresita Castillo, then a young Carmelite nun in Lipa, Batangas the following words:
“PRAY HARD, FOR CHINA’S DREAM IS TO INVADE THE WHOLE WORLD. THE PHILIPPINES IS ONE OF ITS FAVORITES. MONEY IS THE EVIL FORCE THAT WILL LEAD THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD TO DESTRUCTION.”
The above-mentioned words form part of the “Secret of Lipa” of the 1948 Marian apparitions in the said city. Cardinal Ricardo J. Vidal, archbishop emeritus of Cebu, wrote to the Philippine bishops to unveil the secret and urge them and their flock to pray for this intention.
Nevertheless, the Cardinal also mentioned that the last part of the message “gives us a reason to be hopeful.” It read:
“PRAYERS. SACRIFICES, SELF-DENIALS AND THE DAILY RECITATION OF THE HOLY ROSARY WILL SOFTEN THE HEART OF MY SON AS I SAID BEFORE.”
On November 14, 1948, Our Lady told Teresita the following words:
“Pray, my child, the people do not heed my words. Tell my daughters that there will be persecutions, unrest, and the Church will suffer much. Propagate the devotion to My Immaculate Heart. Pray for the conversion of sinners. Pray for the conversion of sinners. Pray for those who reject me, and those who do not believe my message in the different parts of the world. I am sad yet consoled by those who believe me and trust me. May all of you remain simple, humble and generous in making sacrifices for priests and nuns. They are closest to the Heart of my Son.”
“Pray the Rosary with devotion and spread the value of saying it everyday. The Rosary will be he instrument for peace and throughout the world.” She talked to me about a few other messages which I have to keep to myself. “BUT BE NOT AFRAID FOR THE LOVE OF MY SON WILL SOFTEN THE HARDEST FOR HEARTS AND MY LOVE FOR THEM WILL GIVE THEM STRENGTH TO CRUSH THE ENEMIES OF GOD. I AM MARY, MEDIATRIX OF ALL GRACE.”
(Words of Our Lady to Teresita Castillo in http://www.marianmessenger.ph/index.php/component/content/article/8-lipa-apparition/69-our-ladys-messages-to-teresing-castillo-5th-part-of-a-series)
The Marian apparition in Lipa, Batangas (Philippines) was approved by the by the local Archdiocese on Sept. 12, 2015 and with a pending canonical coronation submitted to Pope Francis. During the apparition, Our Lady identified herself as Mediatrix of all graces.
Let us ask God through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace for this intention.
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CARDINAL VIDAL REVEALS 1949 ‘SECRET OF LIPA’: ‘PRAY HARD FOR CHINA’
By Josephine Darang, Philippine Daily Inquirer (July 13, 2014)
Cardinal Ricardo J. Vidal, archbishop emeritus of Cebu, has written to the Philippine bishops that on Oct. 17, 1949, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace Teresia Castillo, “PRAY HARD FOR CHINA’S DREAM IS TO INVADE THE WHOLE WORLD. THE PHILIPPINES IS ONE OF ITS FAVORITES. MONEY IS THE EVIL FORCE THAT WILL LEAD THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD TO DESTRUCTION.”
Castillo was a young Carmelite nun then in Lipa City. And the incident was known as the Lipa Apparitions. Before becoming Cebu patriarch, Vidal was Lipa archbishop.
Vidal said the last part of the message “gives us a reason to be hopeful.” It read: “PRAYERS. SACRIFICES, SELF-DENIALS AND THE DAILY RECITATION OF THE HOLY ROSARY WILL SOFTEN THE HEART OF MY SON AS I SAID BEFORE.”
“It is thus to the Queen of Prophets under her title of Mediatrix of All Grace to whom we will have recourse in order to avert the buildup of tension and to check the territorial ambitions of this Asian superpower. It is by following this path of prayer and penance sounded out in Fatima and reiterated at Lipa that our beloved Philippines will be spared the scourge of war and the domination of a communist giant.
The Philippines cannot by any stretch of the imagination equal or overtake China in economic growth or prevail in a military confrontation. China can bring to bear its huge financial, material and human resources, as well as its advanced military capability in any struggle with a smaller and poorer country like the Philippines with its ill-equipped armed forces. THE FIRST AND ONLY LINE OF DEFENSE THE PHILIPPINES HAS IS THE MANTLE OF PROTECTION PROVIDED BY THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. ONLY SHE CAN HELP US! TO WHOM THEN SHALL WE GO?
Most Blessed Virgin Mary, amid the crisis brought about by the territorial claims of China, we come to your presence seeking your queenly protection and motherly help. We pray for peace and the safety of the Philippines, as we keep in mind the spiritual welfare of those who advance their territorial claims to the detriment of the security of our country.
May the love of your Maternal Heart attract the Chinese people to your Son, Jesus. May your Immaculate Heart be the center from which the rays of the light and love for the Sacred Heart will radiate forth throughout China, becoming for them the unquenchable fountain from which the living water of the Divine Mercy will flow. Through your intercession, may the Lord grace the Chinese people with faith, hope and love, that by your maternal mediation of grace, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit will be worshipped and glorified in that vast expanse of land. (Adapted from a message of Jesus to Sister Lucy of Fatima as documented in a letter of the Seer to the Bishop of Gurza, May 27, 1943)
Remember O most gracious Virgin that the Philippines is your beloved “Pueblo Amante de Maria” and that we belong to you absolutely, totally, always and forever. We are all yours and all that we have is yours, O most loving Jesus through Mary, Mediatrix of All-Grace. (Imprimatur: Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, June 19)