Maria Manifested: A Day with Mary at ‘Iba’t Ibang Mukha ni Maria’

Last September 8, 2012, as a tribute to the birth of our Blessed Virgin Mary, the women of CFC FFL (from CFC, HFL and SFL) and their friends gathered at the Irwin Theatre, Ateneo de Manila University for the event “Iba’t Ibang Mukha ni Maria”.

Sis. Gerry Padilla gave the opening remarks and welcomed all the guests and participants to the special occasion that gives honor to the Blessed Mother who has inspired authentic Christian womanhood.  The speakers – Grace Oconer, Maricel Badilla, Maribel Descallar and Reena Murga inspired the audience to prayerfully meditate on the virtues of Mama Mary as made manifest in selected mysteries of the Holy Rosary.  Creative performances and powerful testimonies of different sharers further enriched the reflection on how the women of today can experience the blessing of Mama Mary’s intercession and how they can apply the Marian virtues in their daily ordinary lives – as mothers, as daughters, as single women, as widows.

Joining the image on stage of Mary as Mediatrix of All Grace, to whom our community is consecrated to, were more than ten different faces of Mother Mary in the images of: Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary-La Naval, Our Lady of Pillar, Our Lady of Manaoag and many others.

As a perfect ending to a life-giving morning, Fr. Melvin Castro, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, presided the Holy Mass. He said that after hearing the talks and sharings, he wanted to particularly honor the women of CFC FFL whom he called: “Matatag, Matapang, Masaya.”  He also highlighted how Mama Mary was so favored by God that she was “the greatest creation of God.”  “God’s greatest creation is a woman, therefore you women are precious, that God granted you the gift to ‘carry’ lives.”

The afternoon program consisted of a White Elephant Sale, workshops, games, product offerings and give-aways, and other interesting activities that allowed participants to have fun and enjoy bonding with one another.

It was a truly refreshing experience to have all women gather to praise, worship and thank the Lord for the gift of womanhood on the occasion of the birthday of the perfect model for all women:  Mother Mary.

Happy Birthday, Mama  Mary!  Thank you for smiling down from heaven upon us as we gathered together to honor God for giving you to us.  May we strive to become more like you as we fulfill our God-given roles as women.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us women, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.