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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


Woman Lives After All Medical Hope Given Up - Maria M. Fernandes, Thane, India

I suffered a massive cardiac arrest on 25 November 2008 while in my office. I was rushed to Bombay Hospital and nn Angioplasty was done. After the necessary treatment, I was discharged on 1 December 2008. However my condition became very critical and complicated with Pericardial effusion. I began feeling choked and breathless and my Blood Pressure dropped. My doctor advised me to get admitted to one of the local hospitals for emergency as it was late in the night and my residence is very far from Bombay Hospital. All the three nearby hospitals we went to refused to give me any medical help saying that I was a critical case and they could do nothing. They also said that I would die within a couple of hours.

However, my sister who had accompanied me to the hospitals along with some of my good neighbours surrendered me into Jesus’ hands and clung to Him for help as they took me home. They called the priest and I received the Holy Eucharist and the Last Sacrament. I was peaceful and being in a critical condition, unable to talk but only say “Jesus” in my mind. Not a thought had passed in my mind that I would die. I had strong faith that Jesus would save me. Prayer petitions were sent to Divine Retreat Centre and most of the prayer centers. Jesus helped me to make my way back to Bombay Hospital in an oxygen-aided ambulance the next day.

Before I could reach the Bombay Hospital, for a fraction of a second, I saw Jesus hanging on the Cross totally bruised and bleeding. He gave me a message - "Do not be afraid, I am with you." (Is 43:5) After that I went into a coma and I was put on respirators. My condition began deteriorating. My cardiologist said that I would survive only for two days. He tried his best and finally he told my relatives that he could do nothing more and prayers alone perhaps could help!

Everyone prayed fervently. Jesus was so compassionate that with His Healing touch, He brought me out of coma after four days! It was a great joy to everyone in the hospital and to all my people especially to my cardiologist. It is only Jesus who has saved me. He has brought me alive from the threshold of death. He also provided me with the necessary finance. Jesus never fails! "Nothing is too hard for Him." (Jeremiah 32:17) I am grateful to the organization where I am working for their support. I am now back to normal health and have resumed office work. I am thankful to the prayer team at Divine Retreat Centre for their prayers.

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