Thursday, April 22, 2010

Catholic Philippines

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  1. great!! i am a Filipino! :-)

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  2. Ave Maria,

    Thanks for sharing this. I hope and pray that the Philippines will be the one to lead in the whole Asia for the restoration of the Traditional Catholic Faith and Practice.

    In Venerable Pope Pius XII own words in 1954 to the Marian Congress in the Philippines:
    "Philippines! Kingdom of Mary! Philippines! Kingdom of the Holy Rosary! Run to this throne of grace, to this saving devotion, because the storm is raging not far away from you.
    Remain firm in the Holy Faith of your fathers, that you have received at the cradle, just as your islands remain firm, although shaken by earthquakes and violently besieged by irritated waves. And never let the sacred fire of your love for your heavenly Mother die in your souls, this sacred fire represented by these volcanoes erupting from time to time reveal the furnace hidden in your land.

    Open your souls to what is new, while maintaining the antique faith; organize your nascent nation but in giving a rightful place to Christian values; be yourselves without however breaking off from the trunk that gave you the life of the spirit. By so doing, you will guarantee for yourselves the best in all things and prepare yourselves to be in the Far East a lighthouse of Christian life, column and pillar of an edifice whose greatness no one can predict.

    As a matter of fact, the Philippines Islands are not just a wonderful country divided in thousands of islands rich in thick vegetation, in ardent volcanoes, in most diverse races, as if the sea had blossomed and transformed itself in an enchanting garden. Your people as well, located - as We mentioned it not long ago - at a “vital point of the globe”, represent in South East Asia the sole great Catholic Nation which, by its position as a natural barrier between two immense seas, is a meeting-point of civilizations and peoples, a vital crossroad of paths and currants, that will certainly be called to play a providential role on the stage of history.

    Are not many of your cities called after the Virgin: Sancta Maria, Concepcion, Nuestra Señora de los Angeles? Are not the peeks of your mountains consecrated to her: Sierra Madre, the peek of the Mother of God? And how many among you, dear daughters who are listening to Us, are honored to bear her name? Which household does not have her image at the place of honor? In front of whom do you sing during Lent, the hymns of the Pasyon; or whom do you accompany, after Easter, in Salubong (‘ the Holy Meeting’) And to whom do you offer your Flores de Mayo ? At the fall of the day, in your villages and hamlets, can be heard these sweet canticles with banjo accompaniments on the sorrows and joys of Our Lady, whilst from neighboring houses ascends the melodious rhythm of the Hail Mary, unceasingly repeated in the recitation of the Holy Rosary. That is truly the national devotion of the Philippines, which remains sometimes the last link with the faith and the union of Christians in certain small islands of the North, so far that they seem lost in the fog, so remote, that they haven’t seen missionaries for years and years."

    May these words of His Holiness Pope Pius XII will once again manifest and seen in the entire Philippines for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for the restoration of the Sacred Traditions in the Catholic Church.

    St. Lorenzo Ruiz, first Filipino Saint and Patron of the Philippines,interecede for us.
    Servant of God, Bishop Alfredo Maria Obviar, pray for us!
    Thank you very much.

    Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

    Renel B. Pena
    www.apostlesofmary.webs.com

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  3. Ave Maria!

    Thanks for sharing this. I hope and pray that the Philippines will be the one to lead in the whole Asia for the restoration of the Traditional Catholic Faith and Practice.

    In Venerable Pope Pius XII own words in 1954 to the Marian Congress in the Philippines:
    "Philippines! Kingdom of Mary! Philippines! Kingdom of the Holy Rosary! Run to this throne of grace, to this saving devotion, because the storm is raging not far away from you. Remain firm in the Holy Faith of your fathers, that you have received at the cradle, just as your islands remain firm, although shaken by earthquakes and violently besieged by irritated waves. And never let the sacred fire of your love for your heavenly Mother die in your souls, this sacred fire represented by these volcanoes erupting from time to time reveal the furnace hidden in your land.

    Open your souls to what is new, while maintaining the antique faith; organize your nascent nation but in giving a rightful place to Christian values; be yourselves without however breaking off from the trunk that gave you the life of the spirit. By so doing, you will guarantee for yourselves the best in all things and prepare yourselves to be in the Far East a lighthouse of Christian life, column and pillar of an edifice whose greatness no one can predict.

    As a matter of fact, the Philippines Islands are not just a wonderful country divided in thousands of islands rich in thick vegetation, in ardent volcanoes, in most diverse races, as if the sea had blossomed and transformed itself in an enchanting garden. Your people as well, located - as We mentioned it not long ago - at a “vital point of the globe”, represent in South East Asia the sole great Catholic Nation which, by its position as a natural barrier between two immense seas, is a meeting-point of civilizations and peoples, a vital crossroad of paths and currants, that will certainly be called to play a providential role on the stage of history.

    Are not many of your cities called after the Virgin: Sancta Maria, Concepcion, Nuestra Señora de los Angeles? Are not the peeks of your mountains consecrated to her: Sierra Madre, the peek of the Mother of God? And how many among you, dear daughters who are listening to Us, are honored to bear her name? Which household does not have her image at the place of honor? In front of whom do you sing during Lent, the hymns of the Pasyon; or whom do you accompany, after Easter, in Salubong (‘ the Holy Meeting’) And to whom do you offer your Flores de Mayo ? At the fall of the day, in your villages and hamlets, can be heard these sweet canticles with banjo accompaniments on the sorrows and joys of Our Lady, whilst from neighboring houses ascends the melodious rhythm of the Hail Mary, unceasingly repeated in the recitation of the Holy Rosary. That is truly the national devotion of the Philippines, which remains sometimes the last link with the faith and the union of Christians in certain small islands of the North, so far that they seem lost in the fog, so remote, that they haven’t seen missionaries for years and years."

    May these words of His Holiness Pope Pius XII will once again manifest and seen in my beloved Philippines for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for the restoration of the Sacred Traditions in the Catholic Church.

    St.Lorenzo Ruiz, first Filipino Saint and patron Saint of the Philippines, intercede for us!

    Servant of God, Bishop Alfredo Maria Obviar, intercede for us!

    Thank you very much.

    Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

    Renel B. Pena
    www.apostlesofmary.webs.com

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  4. I have never seen a traditionally habited nun in the USA.

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  5. In their own simple way, Filipinos working abroad, especially in Europe, have brought back non-practicing Catholics back to the Church. I know some Filipina domestic workers in Rome who regularly bring the children of their Italian employers to Sunday Mass. Some of these Italian employers themselves appreciate the Catholic faith and hard-working character of their Filipino employees. That's preaching in deeds, perhaps not so much in words!

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