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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 healed my lower back problem - Almitra Soares, USA

I grew up in Mumbai and after completing my college education, I went to the USA. There I met my husband (Goan), got married and we have two lovely children—a son and a daughter. In the beginning, I worked at a refinery and now I am working in a Bank. My children and I attended the inner healing retreat in June 2005. After that I had the honour of meeting Fr. Augustine, Glen and Teresa and Fr Mathew in the US.

Since my early twenties, I suffered from sciatica and had many severe attacks, which would last for a week or so. I was so helpless that I needed someone to help me get out of my bed and move around. I took homeopathic treatment to ease the pain and when I moved to the US, I took painkillers and muscle relaxants. I regularly practiced yoga to help strengthen the back and often did brisk walking. In June 2005 during the physical healing service conducted by Fr. Matthew Naickomparambil, Jesus healed me. Since then I have not had any pain in my lower back. It is now four and half years since I am totally healed. Having grown up in a Hindu family and not having studied the Bible, there is no specific Word of God that moved my faith. However, I was raised with strong values and faith in the Lord above. Having attended many Catholic Masses, the sermons by the priests have certainly brought me closer to God and my journey has taken me through many stages. My faith in God has always been strong but in time I realised the importance of trusting in God, surrendering all problems to Him and finally having no fear. The poem ‘Footprints’ has always been an inspiration to me and made me realise that God will always be there for me as long as I choose to invite Him into my heart. Praise the Lord!

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