Tuesday, July 29, 2014


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.

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There were a lot of things that happened after that including the shower of rose petals that had images of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus. The church investigators ruled negatively and ordered all things related to the apparition to be burned and destroyed. The statue of the Blessed Virgin was also ordered to be destroyed but the nuns wrapped it in rags and kept it to avoid being destoyed. The convent was ordered closed with no contact with anyone outside of it.

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.

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Here is a picture of one of the rose petals that fell on the church garden.


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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.

Further readings: 
1. http://www.miraclehunter.com/marian_apparitions/unapproved_apparitions/lipa/
2. https://ph.news.yahoo.com/miracle-rose-petals-revisited-000512658.html

13 comments:

  1. It's always hard to know what's happened or not. But I agree, absolutely important to practice humility….love this post. It's a good reminder that none all things fall into the category of reasonable or that which can be quantified.

    Michele

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  2. Although I may have some skepticism I found the post to be very joyful and loved your message at the end. The world is certainly in need of some positive guidance and receiving it from anywhere is kind of irrelevant. The result of making people feel good is what is important. Thanks.

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  3. You are completely right. No matter if you think hoax or no hoax, the lesson taken is that of humility. Still, it's a very compelling story....I enjoyed it.

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  4. As long as we have faith every miracle isn't a hoax, i remember the story about the lipa church..

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  5. I don't care if the tale is true or not. What I do believe is.. Miracle happens everyday.

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  6. Our very good neighbor, has few of these. She said that a filipina friend gave them to her and she asked me if I ever heard of it as she was pretty amazed.

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  7. I enjoyed the story, although I admit to some skepticism. But I do believe in miracles.

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  8. What a compelling story.You're spot on. Hoax or not, the lesson in humility is obvious. Thank you for sharing this. :-)

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  9. Real or not, people should start changing for the better. That's how we can make this world a better place.

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  10. I agree. The world IS in turmoil. Too many people fighting. Not enough loving.

    Saying prayers with you, my blogger friend!

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  11. Hello; its great to see you not only having such solid faith and sharing it with the world. prayer is the only way for each of us to make it in this crazy world. blessings, max

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  12. As someone who'll be visiting the Philippines soon, this play sounds very interesting. There's a Mary statue here in Korea that has a similar bit of controversy. The Church isn't too happy with locals saying that the statue cried actual tears but no punishment has come down as a result. Interesting how stern they were in this place's case. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. If we all lived our lives practicing humility, having faith and praying regularly, the world would be a better place.

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