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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


The Lord touched my spine - Rachel D'Souza, Goa, India

I am 27 years of age, a B.Com graduate and currently unemployed after working for almost five years. This is my fourth retreat at Divine Retreat Centre, the first being in 2000, second in 2005 and the last in 2010. Since 2007, I have been suffering from back pain which I ignored and it only grew worse. By August 2009, it was unbearable. I consulted a number of doctors in Goa, Mumbai and Bangalore for the same. After an x-ray and MRI, my reports stated that my spine was slightly tilted to the left muscle spasm, cervical spondylosis, compression of vertebrae and degenerative bone. I took a lot of medication shifting from one doctor to another, but got no relief from the pain and then did physiotherapy which gave me a little relief. I asked for a transfer from the job I had which was my security blanket. I took a job which started stressing me out as it was very mundane, then had other personal problems which drove me to the brink and I slipped into depression. I felt totally broken and blamed God. I came for my third retreat in August 2010 only to ask God “why”. I went for my confession and counselling at DRC after doing the same earlier in Goa and Bangalore but found no relief. The only question I asked God was “why”. I tried my best to surrender but could not. On the second last day during the inner healing, the priest announced my name saying “Do not fear, Jesus is telling you that He knows what you are going through and He says He is always with you.” I felt good during that session, like a light hand touched me in the middle of the spine. The priest announced that somebody with a spine problem was healed. I claimed it and praise God I never felt that pain again. Since then I believe that God loves me so much that He sent His only Son to die for me and if Jesus is with me and even the whole world may forsake me, I will not fear. Praise the Lord!


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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

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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

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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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