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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


God Was With Us - Ena.A, West Africa

I was engaged in the year 1996. In December 1997 I got married. I was unable to conceive. I consulted many doctors, traditional healers, but nothing worked. I was getting old and desperate. I continued praying. In the year 2000 while I was in France, I went for three days retreat to Lourdes to pray to our Mother Mary. The second day of my visit I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit around me. I understood that Mother Mary heard my prayer.

In June 2000, in Paris I solicited a fecundation in- vitro and it was not successful. I left in mid July to join my husband. On the way to Rwanda, (Central Africa) where my husband lives, in the aeroplane, I was crying and asking for God's mercy to forgive my sins. In the month of July I went for a test and the result was positive. I thanked and praised God. After a month during my first prenatal visit the doctor did an ultrasound and wrote in the report that "it is a clear egg". I cried, I visited another doctor and this one too confirmed what the first doctor told me and advised my husband and me, not to try to keep it but to abort it. I did not lose hope, In June 2001; I went to France again to try another fertilization in-vitro.

Finally I wrote to Father Augustine. In his reply, he wrote, "Rejoice because God is near". I believed that, and I continued praying. In August 2001, I missed my period again. This time, I did the pregnancy test at home and it was positive. God answered my prayer. The result I got after my first prenatal check up was encouraging. Nine months later, I got a healthy baby boy by caesarean. In the operation room, I did not cease to pray to our Mother Mary. I bled a lot; the team of medical personnel got scared that I would die. Here too God saved my life.

My baby is two years old now. I believe that God is great. "When God opens a door, nobody can close it". I remember always what Jesus says; "Ask and you shall receive". I am grateful to Divine Retreat Centre, Father Augustine and Sr.Eula in Nazareth School in Ethiopia. Thank you Jesus, Praise you Jesus. Alleluia! "I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have taken heed of my adverities" (Ps.31: 7)

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