The Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel sits in a quiet part of Lipa City, 83 kilometers from Manila. After the war, the Carmelite nuns relocated to this place from Manila. The church and convent was completed in 1946. Two years after it was built, a Marian Apparition happened in this place. A young novitiate named Teresita Castillo was praying in the convent garden when a vine started to shake. The voice of Our Lady requested her to kiss the earth and return to the same spot for the next 15 days. The apparition was that of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mediatrix of All Grace. Teresita was witness to all 19 apparitions.
In 1951, the veneration of Our Lady Mediatrix of all Grace was allowed, however, the Philippine Church Heirarchy declared that "there was no supernatural intervention in the extraordinary happenings including the shower of rose petals in Lipa." This decision was affirmed by the Vatican in 2010.
I was born and raised a Catholic. I have experienced a miracle when I was a child. I experienced the power of prayer, if spoken from the heart, is indeed heard and answered. My mother fondly remembers this event in Lipa. She was born and reared in the town.
The picture below shows the original vine where Our Lady appeared to Teresita Castillo. It is still intact and can be viewed once you visit the Church and convent in Lipa.
I do not care whether some look at this as a hoax. The message is plain and simple. We should practice humility, penance and offer prayers for the clergy, the Pope, for the world and to pray the Rosary. The world in its current state is in turmoil. Prayers, with childlike confidence is our only hope.
Have a blessed week ahead.