Happy All Saints Day! Our Lady of Lipa Mediatrix of All Grace and Sister Teresita Castillo

Today, November 1, 2011 is All Saints Day.    Happy All Saints Day!

It is a day  when many Catholics remember the saints like Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, Saint Therese of the little flower, to name a few.  We remember and celebrate their inspiring lives.

Wikipedia defines a saint as, “A saint is a holy person.[1] In various religions, saints are people who are believed to have exceptional holiness.”

Every saint has his or her specialty.  For instance, if something is lost, we pray to St. Anthony to help us find it.  If we have a special wish in our heart, we pray to St. Therese to give us a sign of flowers.  There are saints, like Saint Jude who specialize in helping the sick.  Some may find it strange that we ask saints to intercede and help us in our daily lives, but this is part of the mysticism of being a Catholic.  I like to call it the fun part! 

In 2008 my family and I were fortunate enough to meet Sister Theresing Castillo (Teresita Castillo).   On September 12, 1948, when she was living in the convent in Lipa, Batangas she first encountered the Virgin Mary (Lady of Lipa, Mediatrix of All Grace).    Sister Theresing had numerous visits with the Virgin Mary and she and the convent experienced a miracle, a shower of rose petals.

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The Catholic Church is currently looking at her encounters with our Lady and seeing if Sister Theresing will be canonized a living saint.

Sister Theresing is now a lay person but she use to be a nun.  Her mission in life is to help the sick and people in need.

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When we met Sister Theresing in 2008 my father was sick and dying of cancer.   We were hoping for a physical healing of his deadly illness, but we got something even better.   She counseled our family and helped my father and mother forgive each other.  With the act of forgiveness they were able to “heal our family” by reaffirming their marriage vows and love for each other.

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January 2008 - My last Birthday with Dad

 

When my father had his last breath in the hospital Sister Theresing was with our family till the end.

Happy All Saints Day!  May you all have a wonderful day!

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4 responses to “Happy All Saints Day! Our Lady of Lipa Mediatrix of All Grace and Sister Teresita Castillo

  1. I, too, love the rituals of my Catholic faith. My patron saint is Veronica, who stepped out of a crowd — putting herself in great peril to do so — and wiped the face of Christ. Then she stepped back into obscurity.

    A simple act of kindness that may well have been the thing that gave Him the strength to carry on. A simple act of kindness that changed the world.

  2. Hi Louise,
    I am unfamiliar with this custom/belief so I found this fascinating. I was particularly touched by the story of your father and the healing of your family. Thank you for sharing such a poignant story.

    🙂
    Cecelia

    • Thanks for stopping by Cecelia. Some beliefs are a little unusual, but I thought it would be worthwhile to share and pass on.

      We were very happy that the healing happened in our family. Thanks for visiting!

      Cheers,
      Louise

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