• Mr. President, consecrate the Philippines to Mary

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    Ricardo Saludo

    Last of 2 Parts
    THE first part, published on Sunday, recounted events following the consecration of nations, or the failure to do so in France and Russia. In both countries, not only did Christianity and its tenets, structures, and personages come under grave attack; the nations themselves suffered destructive wars and despotic regimes.

    After three French monarchs failed to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as He had instructed, the French Revolution erupted a century after our Lord conveyed His wish, persecuting the Church and leading to nearly a quarter-century of European wars, most under the dictator Napoleon, till France’s final defeat in 1815.

    Russia meanwhile turned communist in 1917, the year Our Lady of Fatima told three shepherd children in Portugal that the Pope and his fellow bishops across the planet should consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. Otherwise, it would spread its errors around the world.

    There was no consecration, and Soviet Russia spread Marxism to half of humanity. Under communist regimes, more than 90 million people perished in famines, executions, and repression in the last century, including 20 million in Russia. The country lost another 20 million citizens in World War 2, the most among all nations.

    How Mary saved the Philippines
    Should all that scare the Philippines into consecration? In fact, we have our own tales of heavenly intervention in national affairs.

    For more than 450 years, the feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila has given thanks for her intercession. In 1646, a flotilla manned by Spaniards and Filipinos drove away a larger and better armed invading fleet from the Netherlands.

    The Catholic faithful in Intramuros had prayed to a statue of Our Lady carved in 1593 (now in the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City) for succor against the Protestant Dutch. Thus, in 1662, the Archdiocese of Manila declared the naval victory a miracle “Granted by the Sovereign Lord through the intercession of the Most Holy Virgin and devotion to her Rosary…“

    There’s more. In 1984, amid the political and economic crisis triggered by the assassination of opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr. the year before, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) heeded then-Pope Saint John Paul II and dedicated 1985 to Mary— the only national congregation in the Church to do so.

    Shortly after the Marian year ended in December 1985, then-President Ferdinand Marcos, ruling for two decades and wielding authoritarian power since 1972, called a snap presidential election to affirm his legitimacy.

    Two months later, amid massive protests over election fraud, including marches led by priests and nuns, and bearing religious images, the Marcoses fled, allowing the return of democracy under President Corazon Aquino.

    Fast-forward to 2013: Under her son, then-President Benigno Aquino 3rd, the Philippines saw three grave threats emerge: lawlessness, terrorism, and geopolitical conflict.

    Crime and contraband tripled, with crime incidence crossing the million-a-year mark by 2013, from 324,083 in 2010. Smuggling surged to $26.6 billion in 2014, from $7.9 billion in 2009, based on International Monetary Fund data. In his 2013 address to Congress, Aquino decried the flood of guns and drugs from abroad, but never investigated it.

    The second threat was terrorism, set to entrench in the envisioned Bangsamoro region under the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the separatist faction which broke away from the Moro National Liberation Front. Only the Mamasapano Massacre of 44 police commandos stopped the creation of the MILF-dominated Bangsamoro.

    Threat No. 3 was the massive deployment of American forces in the country, under Washington’s “pivot to Asia” plan to move 60 percent of naval assets to the region. The US would also have access to our military bases under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.

    If the EDCA had proceeded, Beijing would have targeted the Philippines as a strategic threat hosting the nuclear-armed Seventh Fleet, which can strike most of China and all its shipping, including 80 percent of its oil imports, from the Philippines. As both Marcos and President Rodrigo Duterte warned, US nukes would be magnets for foreign attack.

    Three demonic threats and a Blessed Virgin
    So, how did the Virgin Mary stop these three threats? Answer: With Church and State.

    In June 2013, the CBCP consecrated the Philippines to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. And in the following months and years, the Aquino administration’s plan to stay in power and continue its policies and governance for six more years, got derailed.

    The month after the consecration, the pork barrel scam erupted, followed by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) scandal in July.

    Then came three calamities in a row, showing President Aquino’s governance failings: the MNLF siege of Zamboanga City in September, the Bohol earthquake in October, and Supertyphoon Yolanda in November.

    December 2013 saw the unanimous Supreme Court decision declaring pork barrel unconstitutional. Half a year later, the same thing happened to the P157-billion DAP. And when the administration floated the idea of Aquino running for re-election, most Filipinos opposed it.

    In January 2015, a week after Aquino falsely claimed before visiting Pope Francis that Filipino bishops criticizing him were silent in the past regime, the Mamasapano Massacre plunged him into his worst crisis.

    Come the May 2016 presidential race, the most unlikely winner was a mayor from faraway Mindanao with no mammoth war chest and nationwide political network.

    President Duterte then proceeded to crack down on crime, drugs and terrorism, recast the Bangsamoro pact, and stop the EDCA. Plus: reconcile with China.

    Now, drug lords, terrorists, corrupt and traitorous politicians, and EDCA lovers want him out or dead.

    But the people are behind his struggle against lawlessness, terrorism, graft, and foreign domination. So is the Blessed Virgin.

    He should now complete this deliverance story by consecrating the Philippines to her Immaculate Heart, as his own daughter Sara did for Davao City.

    With the powerful demonic forces we face as a nation, we need her intercession more than ever. Amen.

    (The first part was published on Sunday, June 18, 2017.)

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    12 Comments

    1. Pastor Grout on

      I would have to guess that the author of this article has never read the bible. Mary worship is idolatry along with any other idol. God hates it!
      Every year the Philippines has a new saint to pray to and every year the Catholic church rakes in millions of poor peoples pesos with these idols. Shame on the Catholic church!
      Jesus Christ is God in the flesh and we are instructed to worship Him and Him only. Repent Filipinos and turn your heart towards Jesus and away from these idols made with mans hands.

    2. David Gabriel on

      I was appalled when I read this piece as you are asking our countrymen to be idolaters and blasphemers. Piecing together various historical events to suit your thesis is intellectual dishonesty. You could have easily chosen three great events i.e. the end of world war, discovery of a wonder drug to cure various diseases, or a peace agreement in the Congo. My point is, you are piecing together random events to make it appear that your conclusion is the only way which is to venerate/hold Mary as a spiritual Idol. Its akin to lying with statistics. Pray to Mary and you have just given fodder to the claim of other religions that Christianity is the Cult of Mary.

      400 years of Christianity in this country and we have a split level christianity were we claim to follow the Lord’s ways on Sunday but go about our merry ways the rest of the days. By the way, Jesus never claimed he was God.

    3. Amnata Pundit on

      Mary the Catholic Church Goddess? How does this square with the First Commandment, “thou shalt not worship other gods before me?”

    4. Mary is not God and she even need Jesus to save her.
      She’s blessed as a chosen person to bore Jesus into a man, but still she’s not God therefore she cannot do anything on our behalf.
      Only consecrate to GOD and not to Mary.

    5. Idiotic and pagan act of praising and worshipping Mary rather than God the creator of heaven and earth. Stop teaching religious acts and praises which are not only in the bible but contradicts the teachings. Read your bible, read the 10 commandments!

      • Instructions on Worship Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)
        2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

        The Prayer of The Righteous. Proverbs 15:29 (NIV)
        New International Version (NIV)
        29 The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

        Mary in Her humble state is most pleasing to God to offer our prayers. Luke 1:48 (NIV)
        48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,

      • All peoples whether believer or not, must live in peace. And for True Peace to reign in our midst, Morality and Order must be restored. Who is the MAIN author of Order in this world, it is GOD! Therefore, we need Divine Intervention to see the Light of Peace. Who can Best show and lead the way, except Mary. I salute the UAE Government, a Muslim country, who just this week- Renamed a major Mosque to: Mary, The Mother of Jesus. Analyst, believes this will further promote Peace amongst peoples.

    6. charles river on

      Is there a thought more perverted than that of a misoginyst or a mass murderer or someone who promises protection to soldiers who will commit rape or the devil himself consecrating something to the Blessed Virgin?

      • Yeah, it wouldn’t be right for the president to consecrate this country to an idol.

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