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Marriage, a Divine baby and healing - Dominic Prabhu, Mysore
I am an MBA Graduate, forty two years old and I am doing business. This is my third retreat at Divine Retreat Centre. Earlier I came in 2007 and 2010. At my first retreat I had three intentions to pray for. One was my sister’s marriage as she was not getting a life partner. After my retreat she was blessed with a very good partner and now settled in Bangalore blessed with two kids. Second was for my friend who was also looking for a partner. She was non Catholic but trusted in Jesus. She was also blessed and now has a son. Third was for my parents who were ill. My dad had an open heart surgery in 2008 at the age of sixty nine and the operation was a success. Today he is doing well by God’s grace. I got married to Juliet D’Cruz on 3 February 2010 and came to DRC for the second time on 13 February 2010. I did not go to any honeymoon but came here directly with my wife. Now we have an eight year old son named Jordan and we call him divine baby. I had severe burning under my foot and prayed to Jesus in blind faith to heal me. I got relief from the burning sensation. I was suffering from hernia since the age of two. I had severe pain in the left side of my abdomen. After a good confession, during the talk on healing I did not ask Jesus to heal my pain but cried out to Him saying, “Jesus I know that you love me.” At that moment my pain vanished. I praise and thank Jesus for all the wonderful things He is doing in my life.
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A beautiful marriage exactly a year after the day of retreat - Akshina Thomas, Chennai
I am twenty three years old. I attended a retreat at Divine Retreat Centre when I was a child studying in fourth grade. After completing my electrical design engineering I was confused about my life. My parents were looking for a life partner for me and I did not know if I was ready for marriage or if I had a God’s call to join the religious convent. On 18 May 2018 I came to DRC with my cousins to participate in a retreat and to experience God. I surrendered myself and let the Holy Spirit take control of my life. In one of the adoration sessions conducted by Fr Augustine Vallooran, he quoted the Word of God: “"Speak Lord, for your servant is listening" (I Sam 3:10). I started repeating this Bible verse and prayed to the Lord to get clarity of mind and to understand God’s plan for my life (cf Jer 29:11).

I continued to pray even after the retreat. At the end of December 2018 a good proposal came. My parents were happy about it and believed it was the plan of God and accepted would be husband as a gift from God. On 18 May 2019, exactly after a year of my retreat I attended to pray for taking decision about my life settlement, on the same date, ‘18 May’, I got married and I have a beautiful family. I believe this is a blessing from God. This is my third and thanksgiving retreat. I praise and thank the Lord. ““The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple” (Ps 119:130).
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A warmth like fire on my left hand - Silviya Richard D'Souza, Mumbai
“O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone!” (Jer 17:14).

I am a housewife, fifty eight years old and I have a daughter. My son died in December 2019 at the age of twenty three. I heard about Divine Retreat Centre when Fr Augustine Vallooran came to Tabor at Kalyan and I attended my first retreat there in 2007 along with my family. I was touched along with my family members, aunt from Bangalore and my sister with her children from Mangalore. I had a skin disease and had taken homeopathy medicine for more than ten years. In 2007 I was healed at the retreat. After that when I ate non-vegetarian food, I got it again and received total healing from God Almighty.

I suffer from thyroid but do not take any medicine as I trust in my God to heal me. Due to thyroid I had pain in my left hand. During the physical healing service when the priest prayed, I felt warmth like fire in my left hand. I believe it was Jesus healing me. I praise and thank Jesus.
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Word of God casts away anxiety attacks - Sharon Wilson, Mumbai
I am a housewife and a mother of two kids. In 2017 I suffered from severe anxiety disorder, palpitations, sleepless nights and panic attack. It just happened without any reason. I consulted two doctors who were not sure of what it was and did not given me any medicines. Then I attended my first retreat at Divine Retreat Centre in July 2017.

After attending the retreat, I continued reciting the Word given by Fr Augustine Vallooran, “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…” (Is 43: 1-7) and prayed with praising and thanking the Lord. This is my second and thanksgiving retreat at DRC. The Word of God healed me and delivered me. I am enjoying peace in my mind and heart. I praise and thank God.
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Financial prosperity and children healed of dengue fever - J Noel Raj, Coimbatore
“I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph 3:18-19).

I have done my M.Com, MBA and professionally a Marketing Manager. My wife is a teacher. I am blessed with two children. I have been attending retreats at Divine Retreat Centre regularly since 1998. At my first retreat, Fr George Panackal said that a young man will clear all his debts and get a new job. After returning home somehow I got money and cleared all my debts. I also got a job with a salary of Rs.3,750/-. Now I am blessed and am growing in my career. I earn thirty times more now. At the second retreat in 2001 I was touched by the Holy Spirit and I heard a voice saying “I am the Bread of Life.” I surrendered myself to God and have not touched alcohol for the past eighteen years

At my third retreat in 2003, during the physical healing adoration I was completely healed of shoulder pain. In 2008, I was admitted in the Divine clinic for heavy fever. When the healing adoration was going on a priest came and blessed me with the Cross. The next hour I was completely cured and attended the Holy Mass. In 2014 both our children were admitted in hospital with Dengue fever. We kept praying and offered Holy Masses in our church. We called Divine Prayer Tower to pray for them. It was a miracle that our children were cured and discharged the very next day. We believe that God is with us in our life, blessing us and strengthening us. Hence we keep coming to DRC as a family to praise and thank the Lord our God. I praise and thank Jesus. “The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him” (Nahum 1:7)
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Jesus touches doctor, wife and his patient - Neil Dominic M, Pondicherry
“Call to me and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvellous things that you know nothing about” (Jer 33:3).

I am a dentist practicing in a Government Hospital Pondicherry. I play the keyboard for Sunday Mass at our cathedral church. My first retreat at Divine Retreat Centre was in 2009, then in 2013 and the last was in January 2019. My spiritual life was dry for the past six years and I was feeling spiritually weak. That is when I attended a retreat in January 2019. During counselling session my counsellor gave me the right direction and told me to start the day with the Holy Mass. From that day onwards I have been attending the Holy Mass every morning at our cathedral church without fail. When I started my clinic in 2017 many people said that it will not be successful. A year went by and over that one year I would have seen only 100 patients. At my last retreat I surrendered my clinic in prayer to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. After that till date my clinic is flourishing very well and God has immensely blessed us.

On 14 December 2019, a young girl of fifteen years of age came to our outpatient department in Government Hospital with a fracture of the mandible (condyle of mandible). It was one of the most difficult cases to attend. Our surgery team decided that the girl needed a surgery to remove the broken piece of condylar head from the mandible. On 21 December 2019 we started the surgery and for one and half hours we were not able to retrieve that broken piece. Finally I decided to pray to God and started praying in the words: “O Precious Blood of Jesus to fall on her.” Then, surprisingly, the broken piece touched my glove of my index finger and I was able to remove that broken piece with the allis forceps. I believe that it is God who made it possible because it was beyond medical understanding.

I got married on 29 June 2014. On 7 November 2019 my wife’s pregnancy test came. On 28 November, when we went for a fetal scan, it was revealed that my wife had not conceived. Instead we found a lot of cysts (PCOD) in her uterus and the doctor advised her to undergo a surgery for removal of PCOD and only then the baby would stay in the uterus. My wife and I prayed to God daily for the surgery to be cancelled. Just two days before the date of surgery we took a second scan which showed my wife’s uterus was normal and there was no PCOD or any cyst. We believe that God worked a miracle! We praise and thank the Lord with all our heart for His great love and mercy.

"Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened” (Mt 7:7-8).
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Flight stewardess survives crash, spine healed - Amia Louis, Chennai
I attended a retreat at Divine Retreat Centre, Kerala in 1999 and a night vigil at Faridabad in 2016. I worked for Air India as an Air Hostess. I had an air crash in 1993 and injured my spine. I received healing. In 2016 I suffered with pulmonary problem - pneumonia. I was hospitalised and I was on oxygen for one month. My family members prayed for me and I requested the Divine intercessory prayer group at Delhi for prayers. Now I am healed. I praise and thank God for healing me. “I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mk 11:24).

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Baby with Down Syndrome now a chef - Clara Dias, Mumbai
I live with my husband and two daughters. I am working as a Deputy Manager accounts in one of the reputed institutions of Mumbai conducting Banking Examinations. I attended a retreat with my family in 1999. My daughter, twenty four years of age is a Down Syndrome child. At birth she was detected with a congenital problem, a hole in the heart with multiple complications and very high lung pressure. In fact the doctors had said that she would not survive for more than two years. She was on treatment right from birth. Doctors had told us to leave her as she was as her operation was very complicated and she had very little chances of survival with very high lung pressures. But we did not lose our faith in Jesus. We came to Divine Retreat Centre for five years and prayed during our retreats to heal her so that she would be a witness to Him. DRC I received the healing for my daughter by November 2004 when she underwent an open heart surgery. We had faith in Jesus that He would heal her. The doctor had asked us to take her home as her case was complicated. The doctors went ahead with the surgery and it was a total success. Before coming to DRC I had attended an outreach programme at Mulund conducted by Fr. Mathew Naickomparambil. When I went to him for healing for my daughter he advised me to surrender her in God’s hands. He told me that she is God’s child and He has a plan for her. That plan unfolded as she started growing and strengthened my faith. Before her operation I was crying and praying to God. I asked Jesus one question. “Lord why have you done this to me. What sins had I committed that my child had to suffer so much and now she has to undergo this surgery which doctors are not even sure of its success.” At that time when I opened the Bible I got the verse in Jn 9: 1-3 where Jesus tells His disciples that the man was born blind not because of his sins or the sins of his parents, but that the glory of God may be seen through him. I knew that God was talking to me and He had answered my question. This passage touched my heart and I knew that Jesus would work wonders through my daughter which He has done. After her surgery she attended a special school. After seven years of basic education she went to a special school for vocational course in Catering and Hospitality. Today she is working as a junior chef in Hotel Indigo. I suffered a slip disc in 2016 and was hospitalised, advised bed rest. However, once I resumed work my pain returned and before I came to DRC my left leg was going numb. I had stopped treatment because this sickness got well only through exercise. Now I do not do any exercise and ever since I am here I have not felt any pain in my back. The numbness in my leg is gone and my knee pain is completely gone. During praise and worship I prayed not only for myself but for all. I praise and thank God for His blessings.
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