MAKATI City, May 20, 2015—An expert on Marian dogmas has expressed confidence that the official Church approval of the apparition of Mary, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace in Lipa in 1948 is just “a matter of time” since her veneration has already been recognized by the people’s “sensus fidei” (sense of faith).
“While we are awaiting the final verdict of the Church, we are already thinking in our hearts and in our minds, there is no doubt about the authenticity of the apparition … It’s only a matter of time,” shared Mariologist Marwil N. Llasos during the first general assembly of Mediatrix devotees held at the San Carlos Seminary recently.
Dismissed initially as “non-supernatural” in 1951, the case involving the alleged miracles at Lipa was reopened in 1991, and is pending reinvestigation by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Lipa Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles, one of the chief promoters of the Mediatrix cause, stated he found “no objection in the veneration of Mary and its doctrine” under this title.
Sense of faith ‘at work’
The lay Dominican lawyer-preacher explained the progress towards the final approval of the Church seems to him “already irreversible” because of the sense of faith of all the baptized at work.
“The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, and the Spouse of the Immaculate Virgin is the one who puts the sense of faith in our hearts,” he stressed.
Llasos noted proof of this sense of faith operating is the increasing number of private homes, offices, chapels, business establishments, barangays, and overseas Filipino communities that have adopted the devotion to the Lady of Lipa.
He boasted that from Batanes to Sarangani, from Catanduanes to Palawan, and even to places as far as Brazil, Lisieux, and Rome, the “Mediatrix phenomenon” is making noise.
Digos Bishop Guillermo V. Afable quoted then Pope Benedict XVI as happily exclaiming “La Madonna La Madonnina! La dolcissima Madonnina!” upon receiving a small replica image of the Mediatrix the Filipino prelate presented to him during the CBCP’s Ad Limina visit on March 3, 2011.
Pope Francis meets the Mediatrix
More recently during the Palo leg of his record-breaking apostolic trip, Pope Francis was photographed as crossing himself in front of a life-size statue of Our Lady of Lipa enshrined at the residence of Archbishop John Du.
Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, president of Loyola School of Theology (LST) and a member of the papal entourage, reportedly remarked, “What more official approval do we need?”
“Simply put, in 1948 we received a loving visitation from Mary herself. And we count ourselves very much honored that in this ‘Pueblo Amante de Maria,’ the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Empress of the Universe, the Queen of Heaven and Earth has deigned to come to one of her children,” Llasos said.
People in love with, loved by Mary
“So for us, Pueblo Amante de Maria does not only mean that we are a nation in love with Mary, but most especially we are a nation loved by Mary,” he added.
According to “The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation,” a letter released by the Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome in March 25, 1988: The Mother of the Lord is a ‘datum of divine Revelation’ and a ‘maternal presence’ always operative in the life of the Church.”
“The presence of Mary is the presence of a mother. No Catholics are orphans. All Catholics belong to a complete family. God as our Father, Jesus as our brother, and Mary is our mother,” Llasos declared. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)