MUNTINLUPA City, Oct. 31, 2013—Filipino Marian devotees who flew all the way to Rome to participate in Pope Francis’ consecration of the world last October 13 talk about experiences that range from physical healing to a sense of unity with the Church.
Erlyn Sison, a member of the Confraternity of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace who went to Rome for the consecration of the world with her husband, Jun, shared how she was healed from a terrible flu that forced her to eat and drink very little for around 10 days.
“Then just like a miracle, that night I was able to eat. All my nausea went away. I had appetite…I was so happy being there, I was as so happy with the feeling that I was able to see Mother Mary and I really felt her presence as well,” Sison shared during a recent assembly of the Confraternity, describing what she experienced after seeing the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fatima was paraded throughout St. Peter’s Square for what seemed like an hour and a half.
Sison, who went with 6 others from the Metro Manila-based Confraternity to Rome for the consecration, said she remembered praying upon seeing the image of Our Lady, “Jesus, through Mary, please save us and the whole world.”
Our Lady’s tenderness
For Pinky Sandoval, who went with her sister Marcelle to Rome, described feeling a special closeness to the Blessed Virgin during the ceremony.
“[The image of Our Lady] isn’t even close yet, but you will already feel goose bumps. You will feel her tenderness and you’ll feel like crying,” Sandoval shared last Tuesday.
Sandoval said, she could sense the Blessed Virgin Mary making her presence felt by everyone attending the Marian Day and noted how the estimated 150,000 pilgrims present were “truly international” and not just made up of Rome residents.
“It was really a heart warming and very fulfilling feeling just to be there, just to be part of the group,” she said of the experience.
Praying the rosary on the bus
For Jun Sison, he first felt the impact of the trip in Poland where the group visited a number of Marian sites as part of a pilgrimage, which would have Rome, Italy as its last stop.
According to Sison, seeing the deep Marian devotion of the Polish people touched him deeply.
“Their Marian devotion will really surprise you…I noticed people there on the bus praying the rosary. Can you imagine that?” he shared during the Confraternity’s assembly last October 29.
The Confraternity of Mary Mediatrix of All-Grace is a private association promoting true devotion to Our Lady as taught by St. Louis de Montfort. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]