Former President Corazon Aquino died on Saturday, August 1, 2009. Tita (Aunt) Cory, as she was often affectionately called, is a national hero. She led the peaceful People Power EDSA revolution of 1986, restored democracy, and served as president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992.
The day of her funeral was declared a holiday and Roman Catholic Archbishop Ramon Arguelles proclaimed, “Because of Aquino’s great contributions to the Church and to the country, certainly she’s now in heaven.” The 9th day after a death is one of the traditional times from praying for those in purgatory. These prayers are seen to be instrumental in allowing a person’s soul to enter heaven. On August 10, tens of millions of Roman Catholics prayed for the eternal rest of Tita Cory’s soul.
A saint is believed to be able to mediate and answer prayers, so, having prayed for Tita Cory, many Roman Catholics are now praying to her, hoping she will answer with a miracle. The truth of Jesus as the only mediator is not embraced, nor the awareness that through Him, and only Him, we can enter directly into communication with God.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring understanding to those confused about the unique role of Jesus in our salvation.
- Pray for Christians to clearly share the gospel about Jesus as the only way to the Father, and the salvation He offers.
Putting it in Perspective
Saints, as Paul refers to them in the Bible, are those who follow Jesus Christ and live their lives according to His teaching. Roman Catholics, however, use the term more narrowly to refer to men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, supposedly have already entered into heaven. Among other requirements, in order to be declared a saint, a person must have performed two properly accredited miracles.
Originally published as “Saints and Saviors” in Glimpses of the Philippines: a prayer guide.