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Monthly Reflection by
Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

"Hallowed be Thy name"(Lk 11:2) - Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

Prayer of the Month

Testimonies

God's Abundant Love Heals Woman in Hong Kong Retreat - Amy Tsang, Hong Kong

Glory to God, Praise the Lord! I experienced healing in God's love in a 5-day retreat presided by Father Augustine Vallooran V.C. & his assistants held from 29 Sep to 3 Oct 2004 in Hong Kong. Without God's grace, I couldn't attend the 5-day retreat. I felt the love and the miraculous touch of the Eucharistic Lord and experienced overwhelming love, peace and forgiveness.

In August 2003, I suffered from polyarthritis, soft tissue rheumatism due to exacerbation of my immunological disease, SLE. Since then, I needed to use crutches when walking. After having 8-month sick leave & performing 10-month physiotherapy, I still couldn't walk upstair/downstair, run, squat, or kneel down. I had to use crutches to walk stairs step by step. In a healing mass & Eucharistic Adoration presided by Father Fernando on 24 July 2004, I encountered the healing Jesus. Jesus Himself entered into me & healed me from the inside. I could walk upstairs & downstairs without using crutches instantly when Father Fernando prayed for me, held my hands & brought me to the altar.

Though I could walk the stairs and kneel down, I still could not run or skip. Because of heavy workload in my workplace, my knee joints started to inflame 2-3 weeks before the 5-day retreat. God did not forsake me. . He healed me again during the Eucharist Healing session, but I was not sure. When Father Augustine told us that God healed 2 people with knee pains & swelling, I asked Jesus to give me more confirmation if He did heal me. In the afternoon, I found that I could skip and hop when singing hymns. In the evening, I could even run. During the session on the third day of the retreat, we were asked if those healed by God but were not sure on the first day of the retreat would like to confirm God's physical healing. By that time, I knew God had done great thing on me. He healed me physically. Not only did I experience God's mercy and healing, but I also experienced God's presence in the form of bread.

God not only healed me physically through the prayer of Father Augustine, but also He healed my heart. I got healing of memories of soul-spirit hurts and emotional pain. I had once turned away from God because of repeated sufferings in my life. I had believed that God was not merciful and compassionate and I believed that He would not heal me, help me or even forgive me. I used to think of myself as the least preferred child of God. Night after night for weeks and months and years, my pillow was soaked with tears of sorrow. I felt abandoned. I had once hated Him for allowing me to be hurt. I had seen Him as an apathetic observer who only stood aside without giving a helping hand. But now I know I've misunderstood Him. He has never stopped loving me even when I turned away from Him, in the midst of my sins, and especially in times of sufferings.

I finally returned to church in April 2004 because of God's grace and the persistent prayers of my Christian friends. Though I experienced God's healing in July. I still could not feel the love of God from the bottom of my heart. I had difficulty in relating with God as a loving Father. I was uncertain of His love and fearful of receiving His love.

In that 5-day retreat, I experienced deep healing from God. I was deeply touched by Jesus. I couldn't stop crying during the mass and healing sessions - it was such a beautiful healing experience. Jesus forgave my sins and empowered me to forgive those who had hurt me. Jesus directed me to bring those I needed to forgive to the Eucharist. He invited me to offer all the burden and pain to Him. He removed the bitterness in my hearts & filled the empty spaces with His love. He was sad to know that I didn't feel His love on me from the bottom of my heart. But He did not turn away. Instead, He invited me to come to Him in His Eucharistic presence to receive consolation whenever I was down and in troubles. He assumed the role of a loving father. I saw Him carrying me through healing the hurts and pains of interpersonal relationship. I felt the peace, warmth, love and comfort from God. The wounds deep inside my heart are healed.

I used to think of myself as a burden to my family and worry about the future. Jesus told me that I was not a burden to my family but a blessing and He is the certainty of my future. He comforted me through Eucharistic Adoration, the hymns, the sermons of Father Augustine and the Healing mass.

I know the God I believe is the Almighty One who listens to and answers prayers, heals the wounded and the sick, comforts and counsels the sad and the weary. Thank you Jesus, Praise you Jesus.

Finally, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Father Augustine and the team who spent their precious time coming to Hong Kong to preside the retreat. May God bless you!

 
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