By Christina Hermoso
The revered image of the Virgen De La Rosa was canonically crowned recently by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Makati City.
The miraculous Marian image with the Child Jesus in her arms arrived in the country in 1718 from Cadiz, Spain through the ports of Acapulco onboard a galleon. It has been enshrined at the parish for 300 years where a Holy Mass is dedicated in her honor every Saturday. The Marian image is the 41st canonically crowned religious icon in the country.
In his homily, Tagle urged the faithful to reflect and live out the symbolisms of the crown of Mary: joy, humility, and servanthood.
“Grace is not a thing. Grace is God Himself, the Lord is with you. If the Lord is with you, then you are happy, you will experience the joy that the world cannot give. Mary’s crown reminds everyone to find joy in the presence of God in their lives. No other jewel could match or surpass God in one’s life,” His Eminence said.
“Mary did not make use of her calling to separate herself from those who suffer. The woman crowned as the mother of God is a humble woman whose heart beats with the helplessness, with the cries, with the pains of the humble people of every generation,” Tagle added.
The Cardinal called on the faithful to serve God “to belong to God.”
“During the time of Jesus and Mary, to be a servant of someone means I belong to the one who I serve. More than work, it is about belongingness. To whom do I belong? And if I belong to the Lord, I will serve the Lord. No wonder Jesus will say, ‘You cannot serve both God and money.’ If you belong to money, you will serve money, but if you belong to the Lord, you will serve the Lord. It is not just action, it is about belonging. If I belong to the Lord, I will serve the Lord,” Tagle stressed.
The Church leader urged the faithful “to follow the example of Mary.” “Finding beauty in what the world considers ugly. Mary stood at the foot of the cross of her Son, the Son crowned with thorns, an ugly site, but she stood there and found the mysterious beauty of crucified love. Where do we locate beauty? Mary teaches us the way,” Tagle said.