(Author’s Note. This is the first of a two-part series on Our Lady Mediatrix of All Grace. The first part is on Marian miracles, and the second on the role of the Mediatrix in the evangelization of Asia.)
2 August 2020, Sunday, in the midst of the pandemic. Tierra Maria, Lipa City, Batangas. Fr. Ted Kalaw, Superior General of the Clerics Minor Order, celebrated Holy Mass at the seminary chapel, after which he incensed the image of Our Lady Mediatrix, then consecrated the Order to Our Lady of Fatima.
The next morning, Fr. Ted and some seminarians discovered tears on the cheeks of the Mediatrix image. He said to the seminarians, “Check out all the possible ways the water may have been coming from.” Later, he said, “I touched it myself and found it was really coming from her eyes.” The message of Our Lady Mediatrix is perhaps one of mourning and a warning, an omen. She mourns for the sufferings of Filipinos in the worsening pandemic. And she warns us to persevere in prayer for the strength to cope, as it may get even worse.
A quick history. In 1948, a Lady appeared many times to the late Sr. Teresing Castillo, a postulant then of the Carmelite Sisters in Lipa City. The Lady said she was to be called Our Lady Mediatrix.
On several occasions, hundreds witnessed showers of miraculous rose petals bearing religious images, like the Holy Trinity and the Last Supper. The devotion to the Lady Mediatrix spread like wildfire nationwide.
It is not the first time that a Mediatrix image shed tears. When Fatima visionary Sr. Lucia was dying on 13 February 2005, a Mediatrix devotee reported she saw tears of blood on the Mediatrix statue in the Carmelite convent in Lipa City (“Mary Mediatrix of All Grace” by Rene C. de Jesus).
These tears of blood (2005) and water (2020) somehow relate Our Lady of Fatima to Our Lady Mediatrix. First, Fr. Ted’s group was praying to Fatima when the tears on the Mediatrix flowed. Second, the tears of blood in the Mediatrix was to mourn the death of Sr. Lucia, the Fatima visionary.
A third miracle exemplifies the Fatima-Mediatrix connection. There have been many Mediatrix miracles in the Philippines, mostly undocumented, Two major ones are featured here. The Miracle of the Sun happened in the Mediatrix Shrine in Matalam, North Cotabato. Bishop Colin Bagaforo was leading a concelebrated Mass on the 100th anniversary of The Miracle of the Sun that occurred in Fatima, Portugal on 13 December 1917, which was witnessed by thousands.
On the same day, 100 years after, 13 December 2017, the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima was duplicated in Matalam, witnessed by hundreds of screaming witnesses caught on camera. In an interview, I asked the cameraman who took a video of the event what was the angle more or less of the sun at that time. It was approximately early afternoon, the same as in Fatima. I surmise it was exact to the day and hour 100 years later. This shows the utter relation of Fatima to Mediatrix.
The Miracle of the Flood occurred in New Bataan, Compostela Valley in Mindanao. On 4 December 2012, super typhoon “Pablo” struck like an angel of death, killing thousands. The raging mudflow overflowed the rivers. Hundreds sought refuge on the rooftop of a chapel on the mudflow’s path.
At the parish compound, two teenage church workers related that the two-foot Mediatrix statue mysteriously got out of the locked gate of Regan Hall, and floated in an upright position on the violent mudflow for about 100 meters until it reached the parish gate. There, the two boys said the statue turned around, faced the oncoming mudflow, which instantly froze. One kilometer downstream was an elementary school with thousands of refugees who were saved. A village was constructed for survivors, which they called Mary Mediatrix Village. Every home in that village had a mini-altar of Our Lady Mediatrix.
The miraculous mini-statue lost its two hands in the flood. From then on, all future Mediatrix statues, even the life-sized ones in the main church, were all “handless.” The parish priest said, “We are the hands of the ‘handless Virgin’ to spread her good news.”
(Part 2 will talk of “The Conversion of China.”)
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