Faith in Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

I first met missionaries of the Redemptorists in Adams, Ilocos Norte, about 10 years ago. Last Saturday, I had the chance to celebrate with them the proclamation of the jubilee year of the 150th anniversary of receiving the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. The Redemptorists are the custodians and missionaries of the icon first venerated by the public in 1499. The feast was celebrated worldwide, with The Holy Father Pope Francis granting a plenary indulgence (see story here). A mass and novena was held at the recently built St. Gerard Mission Center in barangay Bengcag in Laoag.

Known as the Holy Virgin of Baclaran, Our Mother of Perpetual Help is enshrined at the Baclaran Church, where droves of devotees congregate every Wednesday to hear mass and pray the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Among the pastoral missions of the Redemptorists of the Philippines are care for street children, indigenous peoples and the urban poor, and prison ministry.

Photographed by BlauEarth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2015

Carlos Celdran: Love him or hate him?

His Way

Rock star Filipino tour guide, artist, blogger, cultural activist, and Reproductive Health Bill advocate enters a road with a no entry sign and lands in jail.

Like lightning, his stunt caused a jolt in the front pews that reverberated across the walls of the Manila Cathedral and into cyberspace where supporters quickly put up a Free Carlos Celdran Facebook page. Even if he’s out on bail, the number of people liking him on FB is still rising — 14,000 15,000 the last time I checked 18,500 after a 24-h timespan.

What Celdran has achieved, imao, is that he has brought the public at large to openly talk about the burning issues between the State and the Church.

Here are links to two articles I stumbled upon today: A Catholic Taliban Rules the Philippines? and  Carlos Celdran: Machiavellian, no doubt.

On the possibility that the Church excommunicates him, the cultural activist says, “Baka mag-Iglesia ni Cristo na lang ako, proudly Philippine made [I may join the Iglesia ni Cristo, which originated in the Philippines].”

Get to know Carlos in this video

Know more about him in wikipedia.org

images via Free Carlos Celdran on Facebook