Friday, 24 January 2020 14:55

Cardinal Tagle: Pray Like Mary

His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle encouraged the faithful to pray like Mary as they celebrate their quadricentennial year with the revered image of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila.

Several decades after the war, the walled city of Intramuros welcomed again the miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated upon her arrival at the Manila Cathedral on Thursday, January 24, 2020.

Cardinal Tagle crowned the image at the beginning of the Mass to honor Our Lady and to reminisce her canonical coronation more than one hundred years ago.

In his homily, the Cardinal expressed gratitude for the joyous occasion of being gathered together by Our Lady.

Viva Ala Virgen! La Naval in Intramuros
Photo Credit: Angelo Mangahas l View Photogallery

He also shared three points for reflection of the faithful gathered for the celebration: Silence. Memory. Discernment.

First, we must be silent in order for us to hear the Lord and feel His presence because he is always near us. The Lord came down from heaven to dwell among us and promised to be with us.

Second was memory. Mary pondered many things in her heart. Her heart was full of memories of Jesus. Cardinal Tagle said that one should remove all hatred, envy and negative things that clog the heart so that it can be filled by Jesus. He further shared that we should be like Mary who kept it all in her heart: all the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious memories of Jesus.

And lastly, he reflected on discernment. Cardinal Tagle urged the faithful that in silence, we hear the voice of God, in memory, we become full of His love in the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of our lives. He said that our prayer should not end there and Mary teaches us how- through discernment. One should pray for guidance to know God’s will and to live according to that will, like Mary who said her “yes” to God.

A few moments of silence was also spent in prayer for all the victims and evacuees of the Taal Volcano eruption. Cardinal Tagle explained that Our Lady also experienced the same during the Second World War when she had to leave Intramuros, which was her home for over three centuries.

The venerable image of Our Lady was carved by an anonymous Chinese sculptor under the direction of Captain Hernando de los Rios, as commissioned by Governor-General Luis Perez Dasmariñas in 1593. In 1646, the Dutch launched five attempts to capture Manila but all failed- a miracle attributed to Our Lady of the Rosary. From then on, she became known as “La Naval de Manila”.

The naval victory is celebrated every second Sunday of October and acclaimed as “The Procession of Processions”.

Pope Pius X granted the canonical coronation of Our Lady in the year 1907, the first canonical coronation to take place on Philippine Soil. (Angelo Mangahas/Contributor)


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