by Fr. Carlo Magno Saa, FSSPX
In this month of January, the Philippines honor its Principal Patron, the Santo Niño of Cebu. Our country’s Christianization is inseparable from this little statue of the Child Jesus. Originally, it was given by Ferdinand Magellan as Baptismal gift to Queen Juana of Cebu in 1521. Unfortunately, when Magellan was killed in the Battle of Mactan, that same year, the first Cebuano converts were disillusioned and returned to their pagan beliefs and practices. Nevertheless, some of them, after their Queen, continued to honor the Santo Niño. So, when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi came in 1565, the re-discovery of this miraculous statue led to the rapid conversion of the Cebuanos and, eventually, of our whole country.
But, what is its relevance to the message of Fatima? Well, in the Dorothean Convent of Pontevedra, Spain, on December 10, 1925, the Child Jesus together with His holy Mother appeared to Sis. Lucia. He asked her to have pity on His Mother’s heart pierced with so many thorns, and no one is removing them by acts of reparation. The following year, on February 15, 1926, the Child Jesus appeared again, asking if she had spread already this devotion of reparation to the Immaculate Heart. In other words, we cannot separate our devotion to Jesus from Mary. It is the Santo Niño’s expressed will that we should console our Mother’s Immaculate Heart. Therefore, let us be generous and continue our pilgrimage with the same love and sentiments as the Santo Niño!