Lance Raymundo, together with his mom, Mrs. Nina Zaldua-Raymundo, recently visited the RVM nuns who are all advocates and devotees to the Blessed and Venerable Mother Ignacia, a filipina nun who is now being readied for Sainthood.
Mother Ignacia is famous among all Filipino people. She even have a street named after her- the Mother Ignacia Street, which is near the ABS-CBN Compound area, along Quezon City.
In due respect to the RVM nuns who all prayed day-in and day-out at a time that Lance was in great danger, the actor paid respect and gave thanks to them personally now that he is totally HEALED.
Lance revealed to an anonymous blogger-friend of his some great miracles that have transpired at a time that the RVM nuns were all praying to him, but the blogger could not reveal them, the miracles were too personal and too delicate. And the blogger promised to Lance that it would be kept a SECRET forever.
To become a Saint, two or three miracles have to be approved by the Vatican. And Lance’s miracle story with Mother Ignacia is now being studied, and if proven true, Mother Ignacia would soon become a Saint.
For those who believe in the power of God, the miracles, and the love- we dare you believe Lance’s story, too.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
Who is Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo?
Mother Ignacia is a Filipina from Binondo, Manila, Philippines. She is the foundress of the Beaterio de la Compania de Jesus, the first Filipino congregation of women now known as the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM).
Her father was Jusepe Iuco, a Chinese, and Maria Jeronima, a Filipina. She was baptized as Ignacia del Espiritu Santo in the Church of the Holy Kings of Parian on March 4, 1663 by Father Alberto Collares. She was surnamed del Espiritu Santo and not Iuco because it was traditional among pious parents of the time to give their children devotional names at baptism. Ignacia comes from the Latin , Ignis, which means “fire”. She would be the fire of the Holy Spirit.
At only age twenty-one, the youthful Ignacia discovered that her call was to remain in the service of His Divine Majesty. Since then, she started her new life and this led to her beginning the foundations of the Beaterio de la Compania de Jesus, in 1684. Her exemplary life spent in prayer, penance , sacrifice and service attracted other young women, many of them were indigenous and mixed races. They lived in community with great edification to the whole city, contributing by their works to the common good.
The early”Beatas” (Sisters) as her followers were called, instructed young girls of Spanish as well as native families in Christian Doctrine and taught them works proper to their gender. They organized religious retreats for women and assisted the Jesuit priests in conducting those periods of prayer, meditation and study.
Mother Ignacia died on September 10, 1748 at the ripe old age of 85. It is said that she died at the Communion rail after receiving Holy Communion at the Church of St. Ignatius in Intramuros. She was burried in the crypt of St. Ignatius Church. Mother Dominga del Rosario succeeded Mother Ignacia in running the Beaterio. The rules and Constitution written by Mother Ignacia in 1726 guided the Sisters and kept her spirit alive through the years, with the help of her jesuit spiritual directors.
In the beginning, the Sisters were not recognized as a religious order. However, in March 1907, the Decree of praise was granted by the Holy Father to the Beaterio. In 1912, the Beaterio de la Compania de Jesus became known as the Compania de Beatas de la Virgen Maria. The definitive approval was granted by Ope Pius XII on January 12, 1948, two hundred years after the death of Mother Ignacia. The society was then called the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM). The Congregation was named after the Blesssed Virgin Mary because Mary has always been the model, patroness and intercessor of the sisters since its foundation.
The RVM’s are engaged in various apostolates, namely; retreat, education, dormitory, catechetics, social ministry, health care ministry, and seminary service throughout the Philippines and in foreign missions.
Mother Ignacia with her first “Beatas” did their own domestic work in imitation of Mary. Mary’s spirit was imbibed in Mother gnacia’s faith, openness, courage, obedience, humility and discernment as manifested in her seeking and doing God’s will in all things. The historical facts attesting to the exemplary life of Mother Ignacia are attested to by Fr. Murillo Velarde, SJ, who wrote, “Inspite of their number and having to govern themselves, the Beatas have not given reason for gossip in the country….instead…they have given much edification, humility, application to work and to spiritual exercises.” In the annals of Jesuit history, Fr. Murillo Velarde wrote the following tribute: “She was a truly valiant woman, for she not only over-came the great difficulties which she met in this foundation from the beginning even to the end, but she overcame with extraordinary constancy three kinds of indolence very difficult to overcome…that which was natural to the country, that which was connatural to her sex, and that which which is so deeply inborn in the race. she was mortified, patient, devout, spiritual, zealous for the good of souls. She was so humble.”
The precious heritage of Mother Ignacia is acknowledged by some Church authorities in this manner. Blessed Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the tercentenary pilgrimage of the RVM Sisters, May 25, 1984, wrote: ” You are rightly proud of the fact that yours was the first religious Institute founded in the Philippines by an indigenous Filipina, Mother Ignacia del espiritu Santo. And you are rightly proud of your three centuries of generous and faithful service to the Church in your country and more recently in Papaua New Guinea, in Indonesia, in west Africa, in Taiwan and in Rome itself.”