MANILA, March 22, 2013—Tapping into Filipinos’ special affection for the Blessed Virgin Mary, a bishop encouraged the faithful to make an act of consecration to her, especially during the Year of Faith.
“In this Year of Faith, we are committed to the renewal of the Filipino’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary – true and total, and integral,” said Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable, addressing several lay groups, including the Confraternity of Mary Mediatrix of all Grace.
While interested people can do the short act of consecration to Mary, as prescribed by St. Louis de Montfort, Afable recommended making the 33-day preparation for the consecration.
“The 33 days’ preparation for true devotion is a welcome contribution to achieve a more meaningful and fruitful consecration,” he explained, encouraging the lay religious groups to come out with booklets about the consecration in different dialects.
Promote the consecration
He also suggested collaborating with radio stations to come out with nationwide broadcasts to promote the consecration.
“I believe Our Lady is opening up for us many doors and windows of opportunity for her Immaculate Heart to triumph in the hearts of Filipinos worldwide,” Bp. Afable said.
According to Afable, who is also a member-bishop of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Laity, the consecration could also be a simple way to be on “the same page as Pope Francis’ agenda, peace, poverty, creation.” [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]