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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

Testimonies

Calling the Name of Jesus Saved Me - Lloyd Gomez, Mumbai

I reside at Ambernath, a suburb about sixty kilometers from Mumbai. I used to work at a container yard, which is fifty-five kilometers away from home. The only means of transport I had was my motorcycle. I rode everyday, up and down a very busy road, the Thane-Pune highway, also called ‘the killer road.’ Everyday there are accidents on that road.

On the 21st of February, as I was returning home, my bike began to give me trouble. Both the wheels needed to be repaired. So I halted at a small shop in a village to repair the bike. As I got off my seat, I felt my head spinning and aching. I was not able to walk. Little did I realize that I had got a paralytic stroke and my right side was not functioning normally!

This had happened at about 4:30 p.m. But until 10 p.m. I was lying in that shop. The owner informed my family. They came and took me straight to the hospital in Ambernath. On admission (it was about midnight) the doctor said that the most crucial hours had passed. But my blood pressure was very high and only when it came down, could he say something.

All the while I knew my Jesus was working in me. Praise the Lord! My blood pressure came down within hours. The next day, I was sent for a brain scan, which showed fresh bleeding and clots.

When I got this attack on the road, I had just called out to Jesus, “Lord, You save me, I do not know what is happening to me.” It is Jesus who did save me. I am now back with my family and back to work. The Lord gave me this illness only to glorify His name.

"When Jesus heard it He said, ‘this illness is not unto death; it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it." (John 11:4-5)

I am perfectly healthy now, the clots have vanished and I am completely normal.

 
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39th National Youth Retreat

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Date: May 19 - 24, 2019

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