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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


Lord, we leave ourselves into Your hands - Melvyn JV D'Souza, New Delhi

I had undergone a back operation (Lumbar Spine Stenosis) on 15 February 2010, followed by left TKR (Total Knee Replacement) on 18 June 2010. My wife Elvina had bilateral total knee replacement (both knees operated within one and a half hours) on 18 August 2010. We were both lost and ignorant and did not know how to approach God and ask for His help. All that sprung in our minds were just a few words, "Lord, we leave ourselves into Your hands and we accept whatever you have decided for us." Believe it or not, on the day of the surgery (in both our cases) and even moments before being moved into the operation theatre, our minds were blank with no fear of what had engulfed us before going to the hospital. When my wife recovered and was in the ICU within thirty minutes of the surgery, she asked the nurse, "When am I going to be operated?" She did not even know that she was operated on until the nurse asked her to feel both her knees. When I saw her a few moments later, she said she was fine. At this juncture I must add that I went through a very critical back operation but recovered so fast and it did not hurt even as much when I sustained minor injuries during my footballer days. God’s mercy in our case was a gesture of the highest degree that no words can explain. I praise and thank God.

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