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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


God's Miracle Gift Of Two Children - Freddy Anthony, Nagpur

I am working as a Technical Supervisor in Coal India Ltd. My wife is a homeopath. I first visited Divine Retreat Centre in February 1997. This is our second retreat advised by a family friend. We were married in 1994. In the same year my wife was five months pregnant and it was revealed in USG that she had an Intra Uterine Death, the foetus dried up and she underwent a DNC. The doctors could not find the reason for this. We took treatment from specialists and my wife conceived again in 1996. This time we did not take any chance. All the care was taken and the baby was growing well. I shifted my wife to Nagpur for her delivery. During her eighth month she went for her routine check-up and the USG reports read that the foetus was dead. She bore all the pain of the DNC again and we were shattered. We still could not find the reasons for this. All tests performed read normal.

Later in January 1997, we were advised by a family friend to attend a retreat at DRC and in February 1997 we were here. We received spiritual healings, our names were called among those who were healed and we went back with full confidence and strong in our prayers. My wife conceived again in November 1997 and the same was repeated. We lost our third child. I came out of the hospital room and cried out to the Lord asking Him why He could not perform a miracle, but in vain. My wife underwent DNC again and I wondered why this had to happen after a retreat. Surely God had better plans.

Here I would like to mention that working for Coal India Ltd., most of the mines were in very remote areas. Being there was very difficult for me to get good medical facilities for my wife. Hence I applied for a transfer to Nagpur with very little hope but the Lord helped me. I got my transfer in 1998 and my wife conceived in November 1998. This time she delivered a healthy baby girl (caesarean) on 14 July 1999. We named her Sherly Mary. Again in August 2003, my wife conceived and she had problems in the eighth month. On 9 April 2004, her Blood Pressure started fluctuating. I was called and told that the life of my wife and the baby was in danger as her platelets count went down to 10000 when it should be 15000. She had to be operated in an Emergency with no guarantee. I had no way but to say yes with trust in my Lord. On 10 April 2004, she delivered a baby boy (caesarean) who weighed only one kilogram and had to be kept in incubator for two months. There was no hope of his survival too but thanks to God that he is normal. Both my children and my wife are living a peaceful life away from all troubles. I thank and praise God for His marvelous work!

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