The Mystery of 'Petals of Lipa'
Maning Gemino vividly recalled that the rose petals seemed to have come out of nowhere. They came from a point higher than the plant bes...
The shower of petals made a deep and lasting impression on Maning. He was not a regular churchgoer. He took the shower of petals as a sign that God had a message for him. When Sr. Celine gave him a Bible and a prayerbook and told him to go to Mass, Maning felt such a strong emotion that he cried so hard for the first time in his life. Maning had since been going to church. This conversion, I believe, is more miraculous than the shower of rose petals that had just occurred.
|A petal from the 1991 shower|
Almost a month after the shower of petals, on July 16, 1991,the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, then Archbishop of Lipa Mariano Gaviola declared that the image of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace be exposed to the public in the chapel of the Carmelite Convent in Lipa. He later on overturned the ban imposed by the 1951 decree. Since then, miraculous healings attributed to the intercession of Mary, Mediatrix of Grace and through the instrumentality of the petals continued to grow.