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The Philippines - Ang Pilipinas

Responses to Totus2us podcasts given by Filipinos with names beginning with A to K - maraming salamat sa inyong lahat  ♥


"Mama Mary, thank you very much for all the kindness and fruitfulness that you have given to us."


"Our Lady is a great intercessor for me. Whatever it is that I ask through Jesus Christ, I always ask the intercession of Our Lady. I always pray the rosary, and I offer the rosary for the intentions of the people that I promise to pray for.  I keep Mary with me every day because I keep the rosary in my pocket every day, wherever I go."


"There's really a strong image of Mama Mary for Filipinos, we just go to her every time we would have like deep, deep needs. And for us she forms a very strong connection between Jesus Christ our God. And in times when we are in desperate needs, we would most likely go to her and ask her assistance so that our prayers would be brought before Jesus and before God. So from a country with a very strong maternal image, for us Mama Mary always comes to our aid or assistance during desperate needs. And in times when we get nice graces, it's also Mama Mary we go to first to thank her for praying for us and for praying with us."

Agnes gives her something about Mary in English & Tagalog.


"Ever since I was a child I have had this devotion to Our Lady, because of my family, and I have been accustomed to seeing her as my mother and a mother who will lead me to Jesus, who is my brother. And Our Lady will actually bring me to my faith more closely and makes it richer."


"Mary helps us, she does everything for us and she prays for us to her son Our Lord Jesus Christ, her only begotten Son. Everything that we ask her is always granted."


"It is in the Bible that we go to Jesus through Mary. Our Lady never abandoned Jesus. She's a great example really of being there for us. So if we want to go close to Jesus, we can go to Mary. Children usually go to their mothers, and so we go to Mother Mary because she is also our mother as she is our Lord Jesus' mother. We give thanks to Jesus through Mary, and through her most powerful intercession we can get many graces."


"Mary is my heavenly mother. I know that, no matter what, she is always going to be there for me and I just love her so much. I don't know how to explain how much I love her and she's always leading us to Jesus."


"The Virgin Mary, she is a mother for me … I know in my heart she is my mother."


"To me, when I go to Medjugorje it’s Our Lady's presence that I love. The sign for me in Medjugorje is the rosary that has been said for the last 32 years .. and the adoration, the Cross, the Eucharist. It's lovely."


"Mary is for me is, simply, a mother, a mother of everyone, who listens and who understands."

Catherine gives her something about Mary in English & Tagalog.


"Mary became our bridge to Jesus and Jesus to us. Our Blessed Virgin Mary prays to Jesus for the needs of all people. And she teaches us to pray, she gave us the Holy Rosary, the Hail Mary, which show us the way who is her son Jesus Christ.
I personally receive a lot of graces from Our God through Our Blessed Mother Mary, by reciting my daily rosary. I can truly feel and experience the power of this prayer: it strengthens my faith to God, to Mary and to the Catholic Church, it sharpens my conscience day by day and, by continuously praying the Holy Rosary, changes my whole life being and leads me to know Jesus more, to love Jesus more and to be with Jesus. My day will not be complete without the rosary. It is the source of my well being, happiness and peace. Even though I am tired the whole day, I make sure that I pray the Holy Rosary every night before I go to sleep. I love and thank Our Blessed Mother Mary for all the blessings and graces I received from heaven through her."


"I think Mary is the perfect example of obedience and what it means to be totally surrendered to God."

Cherrie Anderson was chosen from the Madrid Me Encanta competition to play at World Youth Day Madrid: she entered 2 songs, 'Unshakeable' and 'Faith in You', which is featured on Word on the Street. Cherrie is also band member of Ooberfuse, whose song 'Hidden Light' is also on Word on the Street.


"Mary is first and foremost a mother; she is for me a symbol of purity, of hope and of love."


"Holy Mary is the most powerful mistress of all souls. She is so merciful and she rules all over the world ..  and I've found out that she is the most merciful of all mothers."


"Overall Lourdes was a really good experience. I mean it enlightened me how big the Catholic faith is, like how important it is to everyone around the world because I saw a lot of people from different nationalities all joining together as one, under one religion. .. The most amazing part about my time there was the candlelit Mass at night which was amazing because the entire place was just illuminated by just people and their candles."


"We are very much thankful to Mama Mary for all the love and protection that she has showered on me and my family."


"Our Mother is very helpful for our prayer .. She always helps us and she is very good. And through our Mother we can go to her Son, and he forgives our sins. We are devoted to Mother."


"I think Mama Mary for me is the eternal mother. She teaches us to be first of all a child, then a mother. For me, being a mother, I learned so much from her, because I don't have that relationship with my mum, so she became my role model and she's the one that taught me so much how to become a mother. When I speak about Mama Mary, I always have this big emotion because I learnt so much from her and I was able to become a mother for my mother because of her."


"Our Lady means a lot to me, a lot."


"Since when I was young I'm really devoted to Mama Mary. I call her Mama Mary because I'm a member of the legion of Mary back home and I found her like as my mum as well and my guidance in my every day, for me and my son."


"Mama Mary is the mother of Jesus, without her we’re not going to be saved. Mama Mary is one of the blessings that I've received in my life. Because of her, Jesus is going to be born and Jesus is our Saviour."


"What Mary is to me basically is very personal. She is a representation of my Mum who I love very much.. She symbolises my devotion to the Lord, I constantly pray to her for guidance or intercession for whatever requests I have. So she is a very big part of my life."


"I pray to the Lord’s Mother and I pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus."


"What can I say about Mary, Mama Mary? She’s our mother, the mother of Jesus Christ, who is very good and very holy."


"Mary really listens to your prayers, you know. If you're in problems, she really helps you. If you pray to her, your burdens disappear."


"Mary is like my mother. I grew up having great faith in Mary, especially during tough times when I lost my mum. It felt like they were just together in heaven. And especially Our Mother of Perpetual Help, she has been there and she has helped me take my baby steps, just like any mother would do to their daughter. She has never failed me, thank God to have her there, and she is a continuous inspiration for purity and yes, thank God for Mary."


"I have been to see the Virgin Mary so many times in Medjugorje."


"I believe in Jesus Christ and in his mother, Mama Mary; whatever I ask them, if it is really for me, they always answer me. …I think if you pray hard, and it is really deep in your heart, in your mind, they will answer you because we are all loved by Jesus, we are all Mama Mary's children."


"Our Lady is my personal mother. As a mother she has been through the rough times, through my ups, through my downs, but most importantly she is a very personal mother to me. I am also a slave of Mary, so therefore every single action I do, every day I ask her and she never fails. I love her so much."

Gerry is with the World Apostolate of Fatima England & Wales.


"I am very devoted to Mother Mary because I believe she is the Immaculate Conception and she is the purest Mother and she is the mother of our Jesus Christ. So I believe that if I pray with her, to her, all my prayers will be answered because she is the closest to Jesus."


"Christmas for me is about celebration and the reason why we celebrate is because God became man for all of us .. During Christmas we celebrate love, faith and hope - it's because God is all about faith and hope and love."


"Oh, I love Mary. She's really a lot to me. She's really like a mother - like she's the mother to Jesus, she's really a mother to me. And she's really good, she really protects."


"Mary for me is an example of what we would need to be to be a Christian: to offer ourselves up to Christ the whole time with our yes. At the same she is our mother, so I run to her for everything and anything, I run to her for guidance and help, and she is very close to me."


"Slowly, as things happened in my life, I began to realise the importance of Our Lady and what a good example she has been to me. The most important thing that really inspires me about her is her assumption and how a human being like her could surrender her will completely to God and be rewarded with such glory through the assumption, and not to die but go directly and be in unity with God."


"Whenever we approach God we don't have to be afraid because Mary, our good mother, is always with us."


"I always love the Mother of Perpetual Help because I humbly ask her a lot of things that she has given me and so I really am a great believer of Our Lady of Perpetual Help."


"My Mary is the Virgin of Fatima. I’m now serving her by bringing her [statue] to other houses. I’ve been doing this since 2001 .. for every people, who need help and the devotion to Mary."

Juan Miguel      

"Obviously I'm a sinner and I suppose most of us are, and when we go about our day and think about how have I offered my day to God, sometimes we may feel that, no matter what I do, I actually can't make an offering that is good enough or worthy enough for God, because of all the sins that we have done. But I think that this is why the Eucharist is a great moment because, in the Eucharist, Christ invites us to give to him all of the things that we want to offer and he will present them to God his Father. And so it's not actually by my merit that these offerings become acceptable but it is through Christ's merit. That is why I like to attend the Eucharist as often I can."


"I know I can turn to Mama Mary no matter what."

Thanks to World Youth Day Sydney Kathy got to learn of John Paul II's teachings on the theology of the body, which have transformed the way she sees things.      

JP2: "True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life, in the family, at school and at work, and in social and political involvement."


"What I like about Mary is that she's always there for you."


"Our Lady for me who is the one who should inspire us to move closer to Jesus. It is hard to separate Our Lady from Jesus, because Our Lady doesn't move, like she doesn't appear in Fatima, in Guadalupe, if Jesus did not allow her to. And even in my life I find it hard to separate them because Mary has always been the inspiration to move closer, to walk closer to Jesus."

If you'd be up for giving your something about Mary,
please do get in touch with the Totus2us team

- as well as hopefully bringing you joy,
you'd be really helping Totus2us   ♥

"Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt.
Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria." - St Louis de Montfort

Saint John Paul II took his motto Totus Tuus from this quote.

"I am totally yours and all that I have is yours.
I accept you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart.”