Rev. Fr. Conrad Amon
The "Blessed Virgin Mary", our "Mama Mary"
A Letter From Our Parish Priest
Rev. Fr. Conrad Amon
Taken from May - June 2020 Newsletter Issue No. 5 Vol. 2
The way you address a person reflects the relation you have for that person. The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY… “Blessed Virgin” is a formal address the Church gave to MARY. In most cases, this may also be the initial dealing of a believer to the person of Mary. Then eventually, the address would be changed to Mother Mary. I would say, this is when relations between Mary and the person becomes personal. Going a bit further, specially for us Filipinos, we go as far as calling her, Mama Mary. Blessed Virgin may just convey a title, Mother is a positional relation, Mama is endearment and very personal.
How have we come this far in our relation with Mary, Mother of our Lord, our Mama Mary? — a relation very dear and very personal!
We have not met Mama Mary personally, we have not seen her, she died about two thousand years ago. But we feel her. In the way we address her express endearment and a personal relation. Thanks to the Gospels and the Marian Catechesis — our hearts were prepared for her, we entered not only her world but her person. Thanks to growth of Marian devotions — our hearts have responded well to her, “el pueblo amante de Maria.” BUT MOST OF ALL THANKS TO MAMA MARY HERSELF — SHE ALWAYS WOULD MAKE HER MOTHERLY PRESENCE FELT IN THE CHURCH, THEN AND NOW
During the Biblical times, after the Annunciation from the Angel Gabriel, we heard of Mama Mary visiting Elizabeth. Her cousin was then filled with joy and the son in her womb leaping with the same joy as his mother’s. True indeed, a mother would always want joy for her family. We also remember what happened at the Wedding at Cana. The story went to saying that they ran out of wine. Mama Mary was there and the mother in her made her feel that something was not going well. Having known what the problem was, Mama Mary asked her Son, Jesus [for a miracle] to give them wine. She was there in moments of need.
In the life of the Church, in different times, she would make her motherly presence experienced. SHE MAKES US AWARE AND CONSCIOUS OF HER BEING “MAMA MARY” TO THE CHURCH, TO US.
In modern times, in the year 40AD, it was believed that while Mama Mary was living in Jerusalem, she appeared to the Apostle James the Greater while he was preaching in Spain. This appearance of Mama Mary was considered to be an instance of Mama Mary exhibiting bilocation. The story tells us that she uplifted the tired spirit of James to continue with the mission of evangelization. There was in 1858 another significant moment of Mama Mary in the Church. She appeared to a young 14 year old girl in Lourdes, France. She made herself known to the young girl and to the Church as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Mama Mary asked the girl to pray with her for the “Conversion of Sinners”. Indeed a mother who would not like her children walk the wrong way. Another yet was Mama Mary’s apparition in Fatima, Portugal in 1917, to the three children. Several times she appeared to the children and once to around seventy thousand people gathered. They saw the Miracle of the dancing sun and so made her presence felt. But, the most significant of this apparition was the prayer with the children and the request for the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart (Immaculate Heart of Mary).
Since the Biblical times up to the Contemporary time, SHE ALWAYS WOULD MAKE HER MOTHERLY PRESENCE EXPERIENCED IN THE CHURCH. SHE MAKES US CONSCIOUS OF HER BEING “MAMA MARY” TO THE CHURCH, TO US.
My dear sisters and brothers, in times of joy and in moments of crises, look for MAMA MARY. She will be your refuge.