MANILA, May 16, 2016 – As children head to churches to be catechized, pray the Holy Rosary more often, and line up to offer flowers to Our Lady this Marian month of May, Filipino educators pay tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“A mother’s love is beyond words,” said Humanities Professor Joycie Dorado Alegre of University of the Philippines, Visayas, Tacloban campus. She added, Mary “took care of Him as a mother would but she extraordinarily suffered … as she loved because she knew that her Son was not hers alone but of the world’s.”
Alegre, who described herself as a non-conservative Catholic and a liberal humanist studying Philippine indigenous belief systems, said: “Mary is an amazing woman of many virtues and mysteries.”
For a Mathematics teacher, Mary is described as love. Theodore Galias Jr. of Ramon Magsaysay Highschool in España, Manila, said: “Like Mathematics as a science, Mary’s love is perfect and that she is full of grace. So if she is perfect, her love is like that of God’s love.”
‘Yes’ to God
For a single, public high school teacher, who is a mother to her students, especially to those who are mother-less, Nancy Cabatuando, Marian Youth Movement adviser, remembers Mary’s fiat, Magnificat, and stabat. She said, “Mary accepted willingly the will of God until His last breath at the foot of the cross.”
Cabatuando added, “Fiat means her faith and full trust in God. It started by saying her ‘yes’ during the Annunciation. Magnificat is her prayer in ecstasy to God the Father, a prayer full of humility and gladness.”
Ma. Belen R. Salano, administrator of Santuario de San Antonio Parish in Makati, said: “Our Blessed Mother Mary, depicted her perfect love to God by being a woman of silence and strong faith. She was just a teenager when she agreed to bear the Son of God Almighty while calling herself a handmaid of the Lord. She bravely stood beneath the cross in Calvary as she witnessed the agony of her Son. She saw with her own eyes His tortured body. She heard His moans of forgiveness and cries of love. She did not abandon her Son nor did she … question God’s plan.”
Mary as Mystical Rose
Meanwhile, on May 29, the Missionaries of Mary (M.o.M.), a lay Marian community, will highlight Mary as the Mystical Rose during the 2nd Marian Encounter Seminar for the year.
The invited Marian priest-speakers will talk on the “Church Pilgrimage with Mary”; “The Secrets of the Rosary”; and “Saints of the Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
The seminar, which will be held at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, will end with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
The Mariology series is conducted in coordination with Radio Veritas (846 AM). The seminar fee is Php150.00. For more information, interested parties may contact Sister Imee at telephone (02) 741-2830. (Carl Jamie Simple S. Bordeos / CBCP News)