LIPA City, Batangas – It has been days since the decree came out in Lipa, but lay devotees of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace are still in cloud nine over the official approval of devotion to the Blessed Virgin under that title.
“Of course, very overwhelmed with joy! I had the feeling that it is the day. Imagine after over half a century, it is finally approved. God has heard our prayers. Now we can freely propagate devotion to her and spread her messages. Our work can now really begin. This is her time. Ave Maria Mediadora!” Jovi Atanacio of Antipolo City, founder of the group Mama Mary Mediatrix’s Cause: The Lay Devotees’ Initiative.
Stacey Morelos Marin of Quezon City welcomed the news with gratitude to the Lord given that she has always believed in her heart that the Mediatrix really appeared in Lipa.
Meanwhile, like a son proud of his mother, Harold Marcelino Eugenio was overwhelmed by the recent development.
“I am in tears, remembering how my mother introduced me to this devotion and told me the story of Lipa. Since my high school years, I have been a believer of the apparitions of Our Lady in Lipa. And now with this approval, it is only right and just that a country like the Philippines, called by the popular expression ‘Pueblo Amante de María,’ was blessed to be visited by Mary herself,” he said.
For Batangueño Israel Leyrit Mendoza, aside from the honor it brings to his people, the decree has the effect of elevating Lipa as a Marian City.
“With this declaration, people from all over the world may now look forward to visiting Lipa as the next Fátima or Lourdes. Because of this, Filipinos have no excuse not to deepen their faith and devotion to the Blessed Mother,” he explained.
Another certified “Mama’s Boy,” Leandro-Jose Tesorero, who was in Lipa during the Sept. 12 announcement of Archbishop Ramón C. Argüelles, described the historic event as one of “thanksgiving and joy.”
“It was truly exhilarating when we got hold of the copy of the decree after the Concluding Mass,” he shared.
“Sixty-seven years of waiting and much examination, this decision comes out as an affirmation of what many of us already know in our hearts,” he added.
With the release of the decree, Atanacio believes the work of Mediatrix devotees has just started.
“The truth will always come out in God’s time. If it is really God’s will, nothing can stand in its way. I expect people will want to learn more about the apparitions.This is only the beginning for us. We will work on presentations and have them approved by the Lipa Archbishop and maybe even by the Lipa Carmel,” he said.
Meanwhile, Marin expressed gratitude that the declaration happened in her time, and vowed to continue making her known to the world as part of Mary Mediatrix Lay Devotees.
“May we continue to pray with her for peace, harmony and deepen our love for Jesus, her son. Also to promote the rosary prayer … She was indeed here in the Philippines!” she said.
Mediatrix devotees, moreover, thanked Argüelles for the courageous role he played in pushing for the official recognition of the “Lipa Phenomenon.”
According to Marin, the Lipa prelate is inspired by Our Lady as proved by his devotion and spirituality she considers “extremely contagious.”
“His efforts and leadership are incredibly worth recognition,” she said.
To critics of the Mediatrix devotion in particular and Marian veneration in general, Atanacio only had words of love to offer.
“Let us pray for them, for their conversion just as Mama Mary herself has requested, without bitterness in our hearts,” he said.
Marcelino reminded “Mary-bashers” that in spite of all, the Blessed Mother loves them as she loves her Son. (Mon Sebastián / KTT News)