In 1593, when Governor-General Luis Perez Dasmariñas requested for the creation of a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary in honor of his late father, Gomez Perez Dasmariñas, little did he know that the image—and the holy woman she represents—would be responsible for numerous miracles.
The Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila which has been enshrined at the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon Avenue, Quezon City since October 1954, is said to be miraculous in so many ways.
In celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila (which happens every second Sunday of October), My Pope cites some of the most incredible miracles attributed to her intercession:
She is believed to have converted a Chinese pagan.
As the story goes, the man was chiseling away at the hardwood when he heard the gentle voice of a woman coming from the image tell him “No me des tan fuerte! Do not chisel me too hard!” Upon completing the wood and ivory statue, the man had himself baptized and embraced the Catholic faith. (Fun fact: People credit the image’s oriental features to her Chinese carver!)
She protected the Spanish and Filipino naval forces.
The Virgin was also said to have protected the alliance of Spanish and Filipino naval forces who prayed to her for their safety (and prayed the rosary nonstop) before facing a fleet of Dutch Republic ships in 1646. Plans to conquer the country were thwarted, and after five battles at sea, the Dutch navy retreated, and the survivors of the Spanish and Filipino troops gave thanks to the Virgin by walking barefoot to her shrine. Owing to that miraculous event, the Virgin was declared Patroness of the Philippine Navy in 1975.
She survived the Japanese War.
How anyone—or anything—could have come out of the Bombing of Manila in 1942 unscathed is a miracle. That is the only way to describe how the image of Our Lady remained intact. Hidden in a vault at the University of Santo Tomas at the height of the war, she resurfaced in 1946 and was later transferred to her present home in Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City.
She was part of the People Power Revolution.
In February 1986, Dominican priests staged a peaceful protest against the Marcos administration. The group marched to Malacañang Palace carrying a replica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila. The image was also seen outside Camp Crame where then Minister of National Defense Juan Ponce Enrile and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Fidel V. Ramos were confined as the country was in the midst of a historical change of power.
She healed a man of AIDS.
In Fr. Virgilio Abad Ojoy’s 2012 story for the Inquirer, a man with Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome was being treated in the United States when his family sent him the mantle of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila. Too frail to do anything else, the man lay in bed with the mantle placed over him. Weeks later, he began to show signs of improved health. His eventual full recovery was attributed to his and his family’s devotion to Our Lady.
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