Catholics all over the world are celebrating today the traditional birthday of none other than but Mama Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother.
Many Filipino seafarers, either working at sea or resting ashore, are devoted and thankful of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her role in humankind’s salvation is arguably substantial while at sea, the spiritual mother is particularly our guiding star.
Few weeks ago, I visited Antwerp’s Seaman’s Club – Stella Maris. I eventually got curios what ‘Stella Maris’ means so I asked Google. Finally, when the results were out, I had learned that Stella Maris is a Latin name which means Star of the Sea.
Our Lady, Star of the Sea is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s timeworn title. She’s the patron of The Apostleship of the Sea (AOS), a global group of port chaplains and other volunteers which advocate seafarers’ rights and advance our welfare.
For example, the Antwerp Seamen’s Club – Stella Maris has provided a free bus service for seafarers who want to relax and explore the diamond capital of the world. This kind of support help seafarers save as much as 160 Euros on transportation cost!
Moreover, AOS offered 12 Stella Maris Masses this September. If you sailed in Nottingham, visit the Cathedral of St. Barnabas at 1300 hours Local Time, and join the Eucharistic celebration led by Bishop Patrick McKinney.
Aside from attending the mass, we can pray the Holy Rosary before the image of Christ’s Mother. I remember when I was still young, we gather in school and sincerely pray.
My own mother also used to remind me that I should grow kind and a loving person. According to her, these are the must-followed virtues and characters of Mama Mary.
I’m now 25, and I think I made my mama proud? ^^ Just kidding.
Nevertheless, our never ending thanks to our dear Stella Maris for her unconditional and motherly love!
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