Posts Tagged ‘Mama Mary’


I need not tell you how important the Blessed Virgin Mary is in my Catholic life. We venerate her and pray that she intercedes for us because she is the one closest to God. We venerate Mary so we could worship God better. Praying the rosary almost every day keeps me at peace and calm before any big storm that comes into my life. Tomorrow, September 8 is her birthday. And this is another tribute to her.

Prayer for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

O Virgin immaculate, thou who by a singular privilege of grace wast preserved from original sin, look in pity upon our separated brethren, who are nevertheless thy children, and call them back to the center of unity. Not a few of them, although separated from the Church, have kept a certain veneration for thee; and do thou, generous as thou art, reward them for it, by obtaining for them the grace of conversion.

Thou wast conqueror of the infernal serpent from the first instant of thy existence; renew even now, for it is now more necessary than ever before, thine ancient triumphs; glorify thy divine Son, bring back to Him the sheep that have strayed from the one fold and place them once more under the guidance of the universal Shepherd who holds the place of thy Son on earth; let it be thy glory, O Virgin who destroyest all heresies, to restore unity and peace once more to all the Christian people.

And I want to share more quotes on the Blessed Virgin Mary:

“From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!”
~Pope John Paul II~

“Mary is the lily in God’s garden.”
~ Saint Bridget of Sweden ~

“Seek refuge in Mary because she is the city of refuge. We know that Moses set up three cities of refuge for anyone who inadvertently killed his neighbor. Now the Lord has established a refuge of mercy, Mary, even for those who deliberately commit evil. Mary provides shelter and strength for the sinner.”
-Saint Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church

“What a joy to remember that she is our Mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear?”
– Saint Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church

“May the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, always smile on your spirit, obtaining for it, from her Most Holy Son, every heavenly blessing.”
-Saint Padre Pio


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Salve Regina

Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae:
Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules, filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, Advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos
ad nos converte.
Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis, post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens: O pia: O dulcis
Virgo Maria.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve,
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile show unto us the
blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus;
O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.

(The above pic is one of my favorite paintings depicting the Immaculate Conception by Bartolome Esteban Murillo 1678. It is housed in Museo del Prado, Spain)

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I was chatting with a friend last night and I told him Mama Mary must be proud of me because every time her birthday comes, I blog about it and my stat goes haywire. And I mean, it could not be crazier than this. Last night, I thought I have surpassed my previous stat last September 08, 2011 when it registered a total of 1,553, my highest so far in my two years of blogging. Last night though, it registered a high of 1,686, surpassing my previous stats on the same date but then I was truly amazed when it kept pointing up, up and up today with total views of 2, 410 as of this writing and when I took a look, they were mostly about Mama Mary. Oh, she’s doing a little magic with my blog 🙂 Amazing!

Nissa finally brought the DVD they have especially made for Nate.  I love it, what a lovely thirty-minute bonding with the family. My nine-year old niece was so caught with Nate’s movements and asked why  he  was always covering his face. And we all laughed when she said that he looks like her Ate Nissa, “mas matangos lang ang ilong”. Hahaha! I love the Biblical quotes they inserted in the video and the texts, wow, so touching!  I just could not wait to see him come into the world. Truly Amazing!

It was quite, quite an amazing Saturday, time spent with my daughter and son-in-law, my younger brother and his family and with Mom  who was so excited to go home to the province after almost four months of stay here.  I will miss her of course but I know she’ll be happy to visit her sisters and tend to her vegetable garden. I guess it’s time to catch up on my reading. I found three more books of Luanne Rice yesterday at Booksale.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA MARY! Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for the inspiration. You are one amazing mother of all!

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I spent the afternoon visiting the 7th Marian Exhibit sponsored by Radio Veritas. What a fitting tribute to Mama Mary on her birthday. I took more than a hundred shots and I am posting some of them here. I feasted my eyes on the different images of Mama Mary.  This is the first time that I attended a Marian exhibit this lovely. I am looking forward to attending a mass there tomorrow with Fr. Jerry Orbos as the mass presider.

Nuestra Señora de Arananzazu




Presentation At The Temple

La Visitacion dela Virgen

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Ina ng Mga Dukha

Nuestra Señora delas Flores

Our Lady of Ransom

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of the Pillar


Empress of China

Nuestra Señora dela Soledad de Porta Vaga

A close-up shot

La Dormicion dela Virgen

Impong Maria

Mary of Jerusalem

Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Peñafrancia de Manila

Our Lady of Victory

Immaculate Conception

Nuestra Señora delas Saleras

I love this image of Mama Mary but I forgot her name.

La Madonna del Paradiso

Our Lady of Casaysay

Nuestra Señora de Alegria

Rosa Mistica

La Japonesa

Our Lady of Manaoag, one of the most venerated images of Mama Mary.

Ina Poong Bato

I love them all but I really like this. Nuestra Señora dela Leche Y Buen Parto. Isang larawan ni Maria na pinapasuso ang btang si Jesus. Isang maningning na simbolo ng isang ina at pagmamahal sa isang anak.

Mater Omnium, Nutrix Omnium

Apo Baket of Namacpacan

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O ever-Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy,
health of the sick, refuge of sinners,
comforter of the afflicted,
you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings;
look with mercy on me.

By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes,
you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary,
whence you dispense your favors;
and already many sufferers have obtained
the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal.

I come, therefore, with complete confidence
to implore your maternal intercession.

Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests.
Through gratitude for your favors,
I will endeavor to imitate your virtues,
that I may one day share your glory. Amen.

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I love going on road trips, sometimes they take us to places where we discover something wonderful and I just stare in awe  and imagine myself transported to a world where only peace and quiet reign, when the only thing you could hear is your heart saying, “Thank  You, Lord, You took me here.”

This morning, we  decided to visit Regina RICA (Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia), an hour and a half trip by car from our place. This is my second visit to Tanay but it is my first time to see Our Lady Regina Rosarii located at Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal. I love the winding road going there, it’s more of a zigzag actually, with curves and bends and lots of greenery dotting the countryside. It’s what I like about going on road trips because I get to recharge and relax while traversing a road that leads to somewhere interesting.  We passed by the place where I took my first test of endurance three weeks after my final session of chemotherapy last December 8, 2009. It was indeed like touching heaven.  I really find it so relaxing traveling the scenic Marcos Highway where the view of the Sierra Madre mountains is an eye candy for city dwellers like me. The glimpse of the Laguna de Bay from a distance is an added bonus.

The Warm Welcome

This is the view that greeted me upon reaching the gate of Regina RICA, an image of Mama Mary from a distance. In my excitement I forgot to take pictures of the two iconic figures of the Dominican community, the image of St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena at the gate.

Another journey has begun and I am committing it to memory.


Regina Rica is a 13.5-ha land envisioned by the Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii to be a place of pilgrimage, prayer, contemplation, ecological sanctuary and wellness environment.

Pasilungan which in Ilonggo dialect means shelter is the first stop where you get to see the miniature models of the entire place and where you can also write your prayer petitions.  They have a welcome video just waiting for the visitors  to appreciate what Regina RICA has to offer.It serves as their reception area.

The Journey To Mama Mary


The view from the top…

Getting closer and I am so excited. The walk towards the image of Mama Mary is a S-rail to give the pilgrim a breathtaking view of the place. She stands 71-foot high. There are 13 candle stations where one can leave candle offerings.

Catching my breath at one of the candle stations. There was a gentle drizzle on our trek up and while  going down the road leading to the Fourteen Stations of the Cross. I told myself, “this must be Mama Mary’s way of showering her blessings.” I  held that thought until we went back to Pasilungan while looking at her through the open windows of the place, so serene and so peaceful.


Seeing her up close at last. Sr. Eppie Brasil, OP describes the image this way, “She shelters and shield us in the safety of her mantle of love. Below her feet is a canopy of clouds where 17 angels watch over us. Inside the mantle of Our Lady is our Adoration Chapel called Sulod (Sanctuary of Universal Love and Devotion) an Ilonggo word for “enter”. We were allowed to enter the prayer room, barefoot and taking pictures is not allowed.  Imagine yourself in a very peaceful place  enveloped in the mantle of  Mama Mary. Awesome!





Going Down, Exploring The Site

A distant view of the Sierra Madre Mountains and the S-Trail of Our Lady and Candle Offering Stations.

This place reminds me so much of Caleruega in Nasugbu, Batangas, another Dominican site where peace and quiet abound.  I was delighted to see their vegetable garden where they grow different varieties of lettuce, Chinese kangkong (water spinach), okra, cabbage and other garden veggies that I could not identify.

Near the garden is Rotunda de San Jose, where the image of St. Joseph is enshrined.  Near the place are lovely small Bahay Kubo and animal shed  where you could find some birds, monkeys and some flowering plants. I was tempted to take shots of all the lovely flowers, some I’ve seen only now.


We went back to Pasilungan and watched the video presentation, ordered their popular mais con hielo and met Sr. Ellen Tayo, OP who is in charge of the place. I gave her two rosaries which I made and she was thrilled. I just told her it’s my way of giving back for all the blessings and for my health. She was so touched she gave me prayer pamphlets, their latest issue of Sacred Space mag and Regina Rosarii calendar for 2012.

It was a journey worth-repeating. One of these days, I would love to visit the place again and attend a Holy mass there.  It would take one or more blogs to complete the pictures I took of the place. This message I read in one of the pages of their calendar touched me to the core.

Alone? Feel His presence in pain, persecution, and problems. Don’t be afraid. Jesus promised, “I will be with you until the end of time.” You will be okay.

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Immaculata Mater Dei

Immaculate Mother of God,
Queen of heaven,
Mother of mercy,
Advocate and Refuge of sinners,
behold, I,
enlightened and inspired
by the graces obtained for me
abundantly from the divine treasury
through thy maternal affection,
resolve this day and always
to place my heart into thy hands
to be consecrated to Jesus.

To thee, therefore, most Blessed Virgin,
in the presence of nine choirs of Angels
and all the Saints, I now give it.
Do thou, in my name, consecrate it to Jesus;
and out of the filial confidence
which I hereby make profession of,
I am certain that now and always
thou wilt do all thou canst to bring it
to pass that my heart may ever wholly belong to Jesus,
and may imitate perfectly the example of the Saints,
and in particular that of Saint Joseph,
thy most pure Spouse. Amen.
St. Vincent Pallotti (1798-1850)

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He is the new Archbishop of Manila. And here is his status update on Facebook:

“His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed me, a humble servant , to succeed His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales to the Metropolitan See of Manila. I face this heavy responsibility with much trepidation. Leaving the Diocese of Imus, my beloved home, at the threshold of its Golden Jubilee is not easy. But faith in the gracious Lord and love of the Church give me strength. I know that I would find much good will and zeal for mission in the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila. In our openness to the Holy Spirit, we could render a joyful and robust witness to Jesus Christ, all for the glory of the Father and the good of the Church and of society, especially of the poor. I entrust the Archdiocese of  Manila and my ministry to the loving care of our Lady, Mary Immaculate.”

+Luis Antonio G. Tagle
13 October 2011

Congratulations Archbishop Tagle. We are one with you in prayers.  I haven’t had any personal encounter with him but I admire him a lot. I always look forward to Kape’t Pandasal and The Word Exposed.  He is helping a lot of people through his TV programs. 

Thank you Archbishop!

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It’s another beautiful Sunday,  the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila.  I regret though that much as I want to join some of our members at our AFCC group in attending the solemn procession, I could not.  Sometimes I hate being hindered by being so cautious of my health and one thing that I try to avoid is a big crowd because I have to wear a thick face mask to be able to mingle with them. Walking for an hour or two is so difficult for me too, I usually feel out of breath  when I am tired.

I attended the 6:30am mass at Our Lady of Light Parish at our town proper.  In some local parishes, there are no belfry to speak of, they only have small bells attached to a lower pole in front of the church. But in some century-old churches, they also have these  bells that dates back  several centuries too. Our Lady of Light Parish in Cainta is one such church equipped with some lovely  church bells which they ring before and after the mass. Hearing church bells reminds me of my early childhood spent in the province. Back then, you could hear the ringing of the bells at 6am and during the Angelus at 6pm. I looked up while the bells were ringing trying to see which of them were  producing that lovely and mesmerizing sounds but the belfry was  too high for me to see. I was like a child admiring the view from afar. 🙂

I passed by the town market and saw lovely blooms in one corner fronting the hospital. Gee, there were Stargazers in bright yellow and pink, several species of Mayana plants, Santan blooms, Zinnias and palms in pots. It feels like heaven seeing all those plants. It was quite a while since I bought plants for our garden.

I saw this lovely bloom of Chinese evergreen which they sometimes call a snake plant. It’s perfect indoors because it needs partial shade. Then I saw these hanging fox tail plants with tiny red elongated flowers, just can’t resist buying a pot.

I love the smell of freshly baked hot pan de sal  in the village corner bakery.  It’s what we usually have for breakfast when  I am lazy to prepare a more  elaborate meal. Paired with peanut butter, slivers of cheese or scrambled eggs, they are perfect for a hot cup of coffee.  They say it is a poor man’s meal but nowadays, one could hardly afford it because the price is steadily rising while the size is getting smaller.  Just a bite or two, for one pan de sal.

Music and Memories, a program I usually watch on Sundays. It’s anchored by the multi-talented Willie Nepomuceno and the lovely Boots Anson Roa. They featured the Beatles the whole hour of their show today. It’s John Lennon’s birthday and they showed videos of the early days of the Beatles. I am a Beatles  fan so I enjoyed watching.

It was another lovely Sunday!

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It’s another year of celebrating  the Feast Day of  the Holy Rosary. Last year, I found this wonderful picture on the net and blogged about it. Today however, Fr. Louie made and posted this lovely profile picture at our catholic site.

I found another lovely prayer composed by Saint Aloysius Gonzaga and I wish to share it with you.

Prayer Commending Oneself to Mary

O holy Mary, my Mistress, into thy blessed trust and special blessing, into the bosom of thy tender mercy, this day, every day of my life and at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and body; to thee I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life, that through thy most holy intercession and thy merits, all my actions may be ordered and disposed according to thy will and that of thy divine Son. Amen.

I sent a rosary today to a friend at our group, AFCC Tambayan via LBC. Then she asked me, did I wait for today to send her one?  She said how special today is because someone gave her a rosary. You are welcome Charlene, I really hope you’ll enjoy using your pink, pink rosary. It was a special request that I make her one with pink beads.

Happy Feast Day!

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