TACLOBAN City, Oct. 15, 2015 – Mary’s role in the Eucharist can’t be denied.
This was the emphatic thought that Naval Biliran Bishop Filomeno Bactol shared in his homily yesterday afternoon on the feast day celebration of Our Lady of Fatima in Sto. Niño Church in this city.
“Had Mary not allowed her body to be used for Jesus (to be born) there is no basis for (Christ) to say, ‘This is my body’,” Bactol stressed pertaining to the Holy Eucharist where the Holy Host is consecrated into the Body of Christ.
Mary leads to Jesus
According to him, this more vividly explains the link between the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus, calling the prayers and devotion to Mary “Cristocentric.”
“We cannot separate Mary from Jesus and Jesus from Mary,” he stressed, saying further, “All prayers for Mary end up to Jesus.”
The prelate elaborated that the celebration of the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima brings people closer to Jesus just like praying the Holy Rosary.
It also provides “saving power” to Christ’s believers in times of difficulties.
Battles won by the rosary
Bactol recounted the stories of victory attributed to the people’s devotion to the Virgin Mary, particularly in praying the Holy Rosary.
He cited, for instance, the Battle of Lepanto on Oct. 7, 1571 and the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898.
Bactol narrated how the people’s fervent prayer of the Holy Rosary likewise led to the victory of the Filipinos during World War II in the naval battle, known in history as Battle of Biliran and Battle of Leyte Gulf.
It could also be recalled that the first people power revolution was a peaceful and bloodless restoration of democracy due to the people’s collective prayer of the Holy Rosary in EDSA in 1986 instead of violent retaliation.
Divorce, abortion, euthanasia
Bactol said though the battle against evil is not over, especially these days that more people are losing their “sense of sin”.
There are many people who no longer acknowledge their sinful acts which are morally and legally wrong, he added.
According to him, the battle these days is in the growing culture of corruption, drugs, and death or divorce, euthanasia, abortion, total depopulation, and same sex marriage.
Turning back to God and to Jesus and constant praying of the Holy Rosary, he stressed, will help the faithful find hope and peace and win the war against these evils in this modern world. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros / CBCP News)