MANDALUYONG City, May 27, 2014—Believe it or not, someone else knew about the People’s Republic of China’s less-than-diplomatic dealings with the Philippines — more than sixty years ahead.
In a spine-tingling talk Saturday, held at Santuario de San José Parish hall in Greenhills, one of the country’s top Mariologists (specialists on Mary), lawyer Marwil Llasos, O.P. shared that as early as 1949, the current strain on China-Phlippines relations had already been made known to a Carmelite novice sister named Teresita L. Castillo of Lipa, Batangas.
In her own account which Llasos read, and which gave his audience goosebumps, Our Lady said, “Pray hard for China’s dream to invade the whole world. The Philippines is one of its favorites.”
The Blessed Mother emphasized, “Money is the evil force that will lead the people of the world to destruction.”
If this sounds eerie enough, Llasos noted that the apparition took place roughly two weeks after Chairman Mao Zedong’s defeat of the Kuomintang led by General Chiang Kai Shek — when China was still politically and economically insignificant.
If Fátima had its Russia, Lipa, it seemed, had its China.
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Our Lady had this to recommend, “Prayers, sacrifices self-denials and the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary will soften the heart of my Son as I said before.”
Castillo, affectionately called Teresing, was a member of one of the province’s richest and most influential families, who decided to enter Carmel.
Her given name, interestingly, relates her to three great Carmelite saints, Teresa of Ávila, Thérese of Lisieux, and Teresa Benedicta, while her surname is half the title of St. Teresa of Ávila’s book, “Castillo Interior” (Interior Castle).
The Blessed Mother who appeared to Sister Teresing as the “Mediatrix of All Grace”, on October 17, 1949, at the San Sebastián Cathedral, and many other times before and after that at the Carmelite Monastery in Lipa.
The Lipa apparitions are currently being reinvestigated, Llasos said. (Raymond A. Sebastián)