COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 935          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   19 June 2017


Fr. Romeo Buenaobra celebrated his 79th birthday anniversary on 17 June 2017 with a meeting with the Samaria-Cursillo diocesan officers in the morning and with close relatives and friends in the evening.

Fr.Roming requested Bishop Dinualdo to give a talk on the 17th morning.

Bishop shared his insights on the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Four parts: (1) Mary’s words (3); (2) Mary’s sorrows (7); (3) Marian dogmas (4); and (4) Mary’s rewards (2). 

  1. Mary’s three popular words:
  • “Fiat”;
  • “Magnificat”;
  • “Facite”
  1. “FIAT” (Lk. 1: 38) “…let what you have said be done to me”. When Gabriel told Mary “she’s to bear the Son of God and name Him Jesus, Mary surrenders herself completely to the Divine Plan in which is known as “FIAT”.  Fiat means quite simply “Yes” (Fr. Walter Dziordz, MIC, “Yes means humble obedience, an act of mercy and trust in God” (ibid.).
  2. “MAGNIFICAT”. “And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my Spirit exults in God my savior…’ (Lk. 1: 46)”. Magnificat (magnifies) “expresses praise to God for his treatment of her, but then extends the praise to how God has treated the righteous throughout the ages and how he will vindicate them fully in the future.  Understanding what God is doing, Mary possesses a mood of joy.  She speaks for herself and her community – the people of God through time” (com).
  3. “FACITE” (John 2: 5). “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you’,” John Gill: “punctually observe and obey his orders in every circumstance” (org).  Mary trusted in her Son’s power…Mary is always ready to extend effective service to the needy.

 2. Mary’s Seven Sorrows

  • The prophecy of Simeon (Lk. 1: 34, 35)

“You see this child: he is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected – and a sword will pierce your own soul too…”

  • The flight into Egypt (Mt. 2: 13). “Get up, take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and do away with him.”
  • The loss of the child Jesus in the temple (Lk. 2: 43-45). “When they were on their way home after the feast, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it.  They assumed he was with the caravan, and it was only after a day’s journey…”
  • The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross (lk. 23: 27). “Large numbers of people followed him, and of women too, who mourned and lamented for him.”
  • The crucifixion

Mt. 27: 35.“When they had finished crucifying him…”

Mk. 15: 29. “Then they crucified him…”

Lk. 23: 33. “When they reached the place called the Skull, they crucified him there…”

Jn. 19: 17, 18. “They then took charge of Jesus, and carrying his own cross he went out of the city to the place of the Skull, or, as it was called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified him…”

Jn. 19: 25. “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister.  Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.”

  • The taking down of the body of Jesus from the cross. (Mk. 15: 46). “…Joseph who brought a shroud took Jesus down from the cross…” “Consider the most bitter sorrow which rent the soul of Mary, when he saw the dead body of her dear Jesus on her knees, covered with blood, all torn with deep wounds” (“Meditation”, seven sorrows,
  • The burial of Jesus. (Jn. 19: 41-42) “at the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in this garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been buried.Since it was the Jewish Day of Preparation and the tomb was near at hand, they laid Jesus there.” “Meditation: Consider the sighs which burst from Mary’s sad heart when she saw her beloved Jesus laid within the tomb. What grief was hers when she saw the stone lifted to cover the sacred tomb” (Seven Sorrows, org).
  1. Marian dogmas
  • Divine Motherhood

Mary is Jesus’ mother.  Jesus is God.  Therefore, Mary is the Mother of God.  Defined in the Council of Ephesus, 431, as “Theotokos” – bearer of God.  Explained by the Council of Chalcedon, 451.  Chalcedontoday is part of Istanbul, Turkey. (cf. CCC, 495).

  • Perpetual virginity

Mary was a virgin before, during and after Jesus’ birth.  She conceived Jesus “solely by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (CCC, 496).  “The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Mary’s real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made man” (CCC, 499). “Jesus is Mary’s only son” (CCC, 501).  See also Mary’s virginal motherhood in God’s plan: CCC 502-507). Defined by the Lateran Council, 649 (cf. CCC, 499-507).

  • Immaculate Conception

This dogma was proclaimed by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854 “Ineffabilis Deus”: “The Most Blessed Virgin Mary was from the first moment of her Conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God and by the virtue of the merits of Jesus Christy, savior of the human race, preserved, immune from all stain of original sin” (CCC, 491).

  • Assumption

This dogma was defined by Pope Pius XII, “Munificentissimus Deus”, Nov. 1, 1950. “The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things…” (CCC, 966).

  1. Rewards: (1) Assumption (2) Queen of Heaven (cf. Pius XII’s “Ad CaeliReginam, Oct. 11, 1957)


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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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