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Monthly Reflection by
Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC
"I dwell with the crushed and the dejected“ (Is 57:15)

- Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

Prayer of the Month

Testimonies

Faith In God Heals Epileptic Son - Viranthi Cooray, Sri Lanka

I am a widow with a 20 year old son and 16 year old daughter. I have worked for twenty five years as a teacher. Now as I continue to do so, I also work as a Business English Lecturer for companies and institutions. My first visit to Divine Retreat Centre was in 2000. At that time a priest I knew called me up two weeks before the group left and invited me to join. I had neither funds nor the frame of mind to attend a retreat. I did not even possess a passport but joined the group without hesitation. On arriving DRC, I was involved in a relationship which distracted me. I was more interested in keeping contact and the prospect of shopping. Then the Lord drew my attention by making me lose all the money I had with me. I was penniless, sad and depressed. I climbed to the sixth floor to the prayer tower and poured out my heart to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. My Lord Jesus knew what I wanted and He touched me.

At that time I did not even have a house of my own to live in. My son was suffering from epilepsy for five years with compulsory treatment for the rest of his life as ordered by doctors. They said that he would either turn out to be mentally deformed or super intelligent. I watched him suffer and go dumb for days after a seizure. Occasionally I had to rush him to a hospital at a distance of five hours from where we lived. It worried me and I found consolation from worldly sources that were temporary. My life was never steady. The Surrender, Counselling and Inner Healing sessions touched me in a way I did not understand. I did not know that the Word of God had begun working on me and also did not know to pray. My simple conversations directed by the sessions helped me see and experience the love of God.

On my return home, my family and friends mocked at me and bombarded me with all sorts of questions. They could not believe the change in me. I told my son all that I heard at the retreat and asked him to stop taking the medication that very night I returned home. Our Divine Healer is able to do anything we ask of Him in faith. I never consulted a doctor but kept believing in the love of God. On 24 August 2008, he was twenty years of age and I am back here after eight years to give thanks and praise to my God who delivered my son. My second request, a house of my own was also fulfilled as my parents built one for me which I now own and occupy. I cannot vouch that my life is perfect and smooth. I have many obstacles, challenges, rejections and disappointments everyday and I am able to face them more confidently. Whatever anyone may say or do cannot hurt my inner being as I loved by my Abba Father for whom I live, work and thank every moment of my life. Praise and thank you Jesus!

 
Divine Updates

39th National Youth Retreat

Our annual National Youth Retreat will be held at the Divine Retreat Centre. Come and let the word of God refresh you. Simultaneous retreats for couples, children and Bible nursery to be held. Contact Divine Youth for more details.

Date: May 19 - 24, 2019

Retreats at the Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby, Sydney

Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby to hold retreats throughout 2017. For bookings, email Fr Roni George, Director - drcsydney@gmail.com. Hurry, as admission is limited.

Date: January 2018 - December, 2018

Retreats in Divine Retreat Centre, UK

Divine Retreat Centre, Ramsgate UK, has announced several English and Malayalam language retreats to be led by Fr. George Panackal VC and Fr. Joseph Edattu VC. All are welcome.

Dates: Jan - Dec, 2019

POWER 2019 at Divine Retreat Centre

DRC is back with the highlight of the year: the 14th International Youth Conference - POWER 2019. The very best international preachers and gospel bands will be here to lead us into worship. Be there to experience a totally different atmosphere of prayer. A Couples' Retreat and a Kids' Retreat will be held simultaneously. Don't miss it.

Date: July 21 - July 26, 2019

Divine Retreat Schedules

ENGLISH RETREATS

English retreats are held every week from Sunday to Friday. Special retreats are conducted for priests, religious and laity as well. Come and experience the Lord and grow in Him.

MALAYALAM RETREATS

Inner healing retreats, growth retreats, couples' retreats and youth retreats in Malayalam, are led by Fr. Joshi Kochukudiattil, Fr. Mathew Naickomparambil and Fr. Binoy Chackanikunnel.

OTHER LANGUAGES

Retreats in Konkani, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi and Telugu

Every week, retreats are held in five different regional languages of India, apart from in the local language - Malayalam. The retreats are led by Vincentian priests and supported by powerfully anointed laity of God.

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