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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


Liberated From 34 Years of Smoking - Valley D’Souza, Karnataka

"O Lord, I have heard the report of Thee, and Thy work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years renew it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy." (Habakkuk 3:2)

From childhood, I have been attending Mass regularly and I am closely connected with Church activities. However, I had a quick temper and was addicted to heavy smoking. I was proud to proclaim myself as a "self-made man." I used to fell irritated and uneasy inspite of achieving all my goals in life.

In January 1996, on persuasion of my wife, I agreed to attend a retreat at the Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor. But I was certain that I would never be able to give up smoking, a habit I had cultivated since my teenage. On the second day of the retreat we were asked to surrender our vices before the altar. I was very hesitant and pondered over all excuses not to give up smoking. My wife and two daughters who were present there pleaded with tears to Jesus to give me the grace and strength to surrender my habit. At last, after much struggle, I went ahead and dropped my pipe and tobacco into the basket placed before the altar.

It is now many years since I have completely given up smoking after 34 long years. I am amazed at how upon surrendering my vice at the feet of Jesus, I was filled with grace and determination to abstain from smoking. I did not experience any nicotine withdrawal symptoms, nor did I feel any urge to smoke. In the past, I had tried several times to give up smoking on my own, but had failed badly. Now together with Jesus, I was victorious! I am enjoying good health and peace of mind.

In August 1996, I once again returned to Divine to thank our Lord for this great and begged God to give me the grace to overcome my pride and bad temper. During the retreat the Lord touched me and I was able to acknowledge my faults. For the first time in my life I felt the closeness of God and the power of prayer.

In December 1996, I made one more retreat and this time I was given the grace to forgive all the people who I felt had hurt me, including my parents. Today, I enjoy complete peace of mind and my prayer life has increased. With this, my ego and temper have declined. I feel the presence of Jesus at every moment and He directs my every action. Jesus is everything and I am nothing. I now spend my spare time for community welfare in all humbleness.

My appeal to my brethren who have a long history of smoking, and who have failed to give up on their own, to attend a retreat at Divine. Here, together with Jesus, you will experience the great liberation from this injurious, slow-killing vice. As for me, I shall not cease to praise and thank my Living God.

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