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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


Complete Healing of Paralysis - K. N. Joseph, Secunderabaad

"When the cares of my heart are many, Thy consolations cheer my soul." (Psalm 94:19)

August 7, 1996 was a crucial day in my life – a day when my world turned upside down. I have been working for many years in the Gulf. On August 7, 1996, I was on my way home from Das Island (Abu Dhabi), when my ordeal began. The traffic police had stopped all traffic on the highway near Jeblali as a fire was raging ahead. Suddenly, a car moving at lightening speed approached from behind and being unable to stop in time, crashed into my car. The impact was so great that four cars ahead of me also got involved in the crash. I was trapped between the front and rear seats and was taken to the hospital in an unconscious state, by the police.

I regained consciousness in the ICU after two days… to the horrible realization that I was totally paralyzed. The cervical bones in my spine C3 to C6 were completely damaged. In fact C5 and C6 were dislocated and I was in terrible pain. This condition lasted for fourteen days. Then my left side showed little improvement. On August 20, I was operated upon and bone was grafted from my right hip into the cervix. When I was finally discharged, wearing a collar, there was absolutely no monitoring ability in my right side. I was brought to India in this condition as I was declared medically unfit to continue with my job.

At the NIMS hospital in Hyderabad, I continued my medication and physiotherapy. This accident had drained me not only physically, but even emotionally; my morale was so low that I felt like giving up.

I heard about the Divine Retreat Centre and felt a strong urge to go there, but did not know how. My God however, directed and I could accompany a group from Secunderabad for the retreat on October 12, 1996, in the most amazing way. A reserved seat was available on the train as somebody had cancelled a ticket just two days prior to our departure.

On Tuesday October 15th, after my confession and counseling, when I had forgiven everyone and surrendered myself to the Lord, I felt His Power coming into my hands as I began to experience movement in them. That same evening, I could eat with my own hands, which is something I had not done since my accident. The next day at the inner healing session, my name was announced with the message, "Joe you are under My shelter, do not be afraid." On Friday, the 18th, during the infilling of the Holy Spirit, I felt the strong protective arms of my Lord holding my neck from behind. I was completely healed at that moment!

This baffled the neuro-surgeons at NIMS who certified that I did not need further medication. All my pain vanished. I was completely cured and could move without the collar. I praise and thank God for His healing touch as He had done for the paralytic in the Bible.

I was running away in despair and pain. I thank the Lord for accompanying me on my journey of suffering to unfold for me the mystery of life and salvation… for bringing me back home full of faith and hope.

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