Like a thief in the night, on December 4, 2012, super-typhoon Pablo sent a deadly ‘river tsunami’ across New Bataan in Compostela Valley in Mindanao. About 80 people drowned, but it could have been thousands more if not for the Miracles of the Flood.
In Barangay Kibinuangan, four convent boys, to their amazement, saw the two-foot statue of Our Lady Mediatrix of All Grace (see short history at the end) outside Regan Hall in the St. Anthony Parish Compound. They wondered how it got out of the Hall when the door was locked.
They were shocked to see the statue ‘float’ in an upright position on the violent flood thick with debris for about a hundred meters to the arch of the parish gate. There, the flood somehow turned the statue to face the oncoming flood. In that instant, the debris froze, creating a twenty-foot high dam. Thousands of evacuees at the grand stand of the elementary school half a kilometer downstream were saved.
Prior to the flood, a mysterious woman warned the four boys to pray to Our Lady Mediatrix, predicting that a disaster similar to that in Cagayan de Oro would soon take place. The four prayed devoutly together obediently.
The flood took away the hands of the statue. Kibinuangan’s former parish priest Fr. Edgar Tuling said Our Lady was perhaps saying to the people, “Be my hands” to reconstruct our lives and our homes. Today, in memory of that miracle, most replicas of the Mediatrix in New Bataan are ‘hand-less’, including the six-foot one in the main chapel. The handless Virgin has spread to other areas nationwide through light portable Mediatrix statues distributed for block rosary devotion. Readers can order a two-foot statue handless Virgin sent to your home through email@example.com, have it blest by your parish, to protect you and your community from the virus.
The survivors, with the help of the Church and the Government, built new homes in what is now called Mary Mediatrix Village. At the entrance is a shrine with a five-foot statue of Our Lady Mediatrix, a mute witness to how she saved so many from disaster. Every home in that Village has a modest altar, a photo of the Virgin hung on the wall or a mini-statue of the handless Virgin, to remind them of her kindness.
A second miracle occurred at Barangay Andap, a few kilometers upstream of Kibinuangan. Two giant boulders slowed down but did not stop the flood. Hundreds of evacuees at the San Roque Chapel and at the marketplace downstream were in the direct path of the rushing flood. The evacuees punched a hole in the ceiling of the chapel to reach the safety of the roof. They left the hole and the markings of hands on the wall as a memento of God’s mercy.
A memorial shrine called Andap ng Liwanag (Andap of Light) was built in between the two boulders which parted the raging waters, reminding peope how God saved the Israelites in the Book of Exodus. Artist Rey Millan built a Tower of Hope shaped like the dove that brought an olive twig to Noah after the Great Flood, representing “new life on Earth” (Genesis 8:11). There, the height of the flood was marked.
Sixteen years old Joseph Babag said he was the lone survivor of his family of six. When the flood came without warning, Joseph’s family together with about 50 evacuees at a health center were all swept away a few kilometers downstream towards the St. Anthony Parish. Their names were placed on a memorial wall overlooking the river.
The water was so powerful, it lifted the very foundation of the health center and broke it into pieces, Joseph recalled. He was saved because he clung to the trunk of a coconut tree. Fr. Tuling adopted Joseph and is now studying to be a teacher, who may enter the priesthood. Perhaps he was saved to serve the Lord.
The Lord said, “Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.” (Genesis 7:4-15, excerpts). SHORT HISTORY. Our Lady appeared to the late visionary Sister Teresing, a postulant of the Carmelite Sisters, in Lipa City in 1948, telling her she is to be called Our Lady Mediatrix of All Grace. Subsequently, hundreds witnessed a series of showers of soft rose petals etched with religious images like the Holy Trinity. Mediatrix devotion spread like wildfire nationwide. The Vatican and the CBCP have declared that Mediatrix devotion is permitted. Our Lady Mediatrix (East) is viewed as a continuation of Our Lady of Fatima (West), focusing in evangelization in Asia and China, the key to peace in a troubled region. Please share via link – http://www.sisterraquel.com/?p=11528 By Bernie V. Lopez, firstname.lastname@example.org Blogger – columnist – TV docu producer/director – radio broadcaster – healing ministry Facebook “Eastwind Journals” or “Bernie V Lopez”