Marian expert to tackle ‘Mediatrix-China link’

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MAKATI City, April 27, 2015—One of the country’s top Marian scholars is set to discuss the connection between the Lipa apparitions of the 1940s and China’s “adventures” into Philippine territorial waters in a talk on May 1, Friday, at the San Carlos Seminary.

Members of the faithful show their devotion to Mary Mediatrix of All Grace at the Manila Cathedral, Dec. 16, 2014. (Photo: James Benedict Malabanan)

Mariologist Marwil N. Llasos shared the visionary of Lipa, Carmelite novice Teresita L. Castillo, already knew from Mary Mediatrix of All Grace about the People’s Republic of China’s “less-than-diplomatic” treatment of the Philippines more than sixty years ahead.

Pray hard

Quoting the Blessed Virgin’s warning to Filipinos as recorded in Castillo’s memoirs, Llasos said, “Pray hard, for China’s dream [is] to invade the whole world. The Philippines is one of its favorites.”
Our Lady added, “Money is the evil force that will lead the people of the world to destruction.”

Hardly two weeks passed after this message was delivered when Mao Zedong defeated General Chiang Kai Shek and his Kuomintang. All these at a time when China was still a far cry from having the superpower status it has today.

If Fátima pleaded for the conversion of Russia, Lipa, it seems, insists on that of China.
Our Lady told Castillo, “Prayers, sacrifices self-denials, and the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary will soften the heart of my Son as I said before.”


The Blessed Mother is said to have 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. According to Llasos, the Lipa apparitions are currently being reinvestigated.

Meanwhile, his talk, entitled “1948 Lipa Apparitions: Its Significance, Then and Now,” is only one of three lined up for the forthcoming First General Assembly of the Lay Devotees of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the San Carlos Seminary, Edsa, Guadalupe, Makati City.


The complete schedule is as follows:

  • 8:00 a.m. Registration
  • 8:45 a.m. Holy Rosary
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
  • 9:30 a.m. Video Presentation
  • 9:30 a.m. “1948 Lipa Apparitions: Its Significance, Then and Now” by Marwil N. Llasos, O.P.
  • 10:30 a.m. Break/Song for Mary
  • 10:45 a.m. Open Forum
  • 11:15 a.m. “Ang Mediadora, si San Jose, at Ang Mga Aba” by Nestor Limqueco, O.P.
  • 11:30 a.m. Testimonies and Faith Sharing
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. Testimonies and Faith Sharing
  • 1:30 p.m. “Our Lady, Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace, St. Louis-Marie de Monfort and True Devotion”
  • 2:30 p.m. Open Forum
  • 2:45 p.m. Break
  • 3:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist
  • 4:00 p.m. Archbishop’s Message
  • 4:10 p.m. Business Meeting
  • 4:45 p.m. Acknowledgements/Closing

One of the event organizers, Jovi Atanacio, requests all prospective participants to pre-register on or before April 29. The form is available on this link: form.jotform.me/form/51107398920456.

For further updates, interested parties may visit: www.facebook.com/groups/1477849975765926/?fref=ts. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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