August 2012


foodforthesoul MEDITATION POSTER31 Aug 2012 03:46 pm

poster 117 – come to Me all you / if you have a dream

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APPENDIX – HEALING MINISTRY’S COMPLETE LIBRARY
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Browse thru the ministry’s extensive archives
of inspirational materials –
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prayer request bulletin31 Aug 2012 03:15 pm

prayer request bulletin 82 – september 1, 2012

PRAYER REQUEST BULLETIN #82
August 31, 2012
 
Our prayer request system was down for about 4 months due to many factors, primarily the breakdown of our server. As a result, many requests were lost, but we are now back on track with greater devotion. Please note our new email address.

 

FOR PRAYER REQUESTS OR QUERIES
THE NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS sr.raquel.rvm@gmail.com
DISCARD THE OLD ONE eastwind@motherignaciahealingministry.com
WHICH WILL BE CLOSED DOWN VERY SOON.

 

We have accumulated an email directory of all people who requested for prayers since its birth about ten years ago, numbering about 4,000, including the prayer warriors themselves. If you did not receive a notice about a month ago concerning  our new email address, that means you may not be in the list. If you want to be in that list for future announcements, please send an email to our new address. By simply sending a prayer request, you are automatically in the list. In the future, aside from posting the prayer bulletins in the blogsite www.sisterraquel.com for members, prayer bulletins will be sent to the 4,000, to increase our prayers. Even if you are not formally a prayer warrior, you can pray for others. When you pray for others, you pray for yourself a hundred fold.

 

bernie lopez
in behalf of sister Raquel
and the prayer warriors
 
Say a healing prayer via Youtube with Sister Raquel –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAZcwNimBSg
Say a healing prayer via Youtube with Father Suarez –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UP3LHBgtIc
 
PRAYER FOR HEALING
Written by Danilo (Bulletin #81, no. 38) –
 
I surrender myself to you totally, Lord. Whatever is Your will I accept. I offer myself to You for healng. You said, ask and it shall be given to you. I am asking and praying hard right now, Lord, with all my heart and with all my soul. Heal me if it is Your will, as I prostrate myself here before You. Through the intercession of our Blessed Virgin Mary, St Joseph and Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo Amen.
 
PRAYER AGAINST DISASTER –
Print this out, put in your wallet and say this prayer everyday.
 
We have seen Your hand, O Lord, manifested in floods, typhoons, and earthquakes recently. We realize that disasters are, like in the Old Testament stories of Noah’s Ark and Sodom and Gomorrah, related to our sins. We ask for Your mercy and forgiveness, Lord, for our sins and the sins of the whole world. We offer ourselves to Your Sacred Heart through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Joseph, and Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo. Amen. (Say 5 Hail Mary’s and do a good deed everyday, such as kindness to people you do not like in your office, or time for others even though you are busy. Offer this and all your pains and problems as atonement for sins. The best way to avoid disasters is to atone for our sins through prayers and sacrifices.)
 
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Dear Sr. Raquel,
I hope all is well. I was one of your “patient” when you visited Roxas City last year. I was healed by God’s perfect instrument, your healing hands. We are very grateful to you Sister, my husband’s student visa in the US has been approved.  If it would be okay again Sister to ask your help, my husband Ben has filed his immigrant visa petition this July we are continuously praying that God will grant our request so we & our children could live together again. I humbly ask you to please include this in your petition Sister. I pray that God will continue to bless you. Thank you so much for taking time reading my email. Sincerely,
Jata
 
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PRAYER REQUESTS
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PRAYERS ARE TIMELESS AND ARE NEVER TOO LATE. IF YOU PRAY FOR A SUCCESSFUL OPERATION SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW, PRAYERS DONE A WEEK AFTER ARE HEARD. THE LORD KNOWS AHEAD OF TIME OUR PRAYERS.
 
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Please pray for a family friend Vince V who had a bad fall that fractured his hip and is now in so much pain. Please pray with us for vince.
Milarey
 
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Thank you for your prayer request. The Sisters of Mercy join you in praying for the best possible outcome.
Sisters of Mercy
 
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please include in your prayers my mama SUSANA. She urgently needs medical attention but because of financial constraints, we are unable to bring her to the doctor and the hospital. Please pray for her good health and speedy recovery. If she cannot be cured of her cancer, so be it. But I pray that she be spared from any and more sufferings, please Lord. Thank you very much.
Lourdes
 
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Dear Friends,
Please pray to Jesus and Mary to heal me completely and permanently of ulcerative colitis (chronic stomach disorder) and restore me back to health and to obtain for me the grace never to experience a relapse or flare-up of ulcerative colitis again. I am suffering for the past five years.
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Dear Friends,
Please pray for Xavier to be completed healed of chronic stomach disorder caused by dysfunction of the immune system and for the grace to love and trust God completely.  Also, please pray for the sanctification and for grace of perseverance for Sr. Joyce, Sr. Beatrice and Sr. Elizabeth. All three are cloistered nuns.
Mr. Xavier and Correla, from India
 
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Dear Sister Raquel and All Prayer Warriors,
Let us include in our prayers our friend Alberto A. for the success of his  chemotherapy to be administered next week. He was diagnosed with cancer of the vertebrae. Thank you and GOD bless us all! Fyi, am also a prayer warrior.
Vic
CONSIDER TO BRING ALBERTO TO THE HEALING CENTER. SISTER RAQUEL HAS HEALED MANY CANCER PATIENTS WHICH PRE-EMPTED CHEMOTHERAPY. FOR HEALING GUIDE, SCHEDULE, AND DIRECTIONS, GO TO www.sisterraquel.com
 
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Good Morning/Evening,
Can I please request for your help in praying for my sister, Victoria P. be healed of her psycological and emotional problems and also for the healing of her Throat ailments. Thank you very much for your help and prayers.
L.A.C.
 
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Dear Mother Ignacia Prayer Warriors,
I ask that you please pray for my spiritual and physical healing for myself, Rovina C., for a skeletal and muscular disorder that I’ve had for the last 7 years as a result of a sporting accident. It has left me in a position where I have difficulty standing, sitting, walking, lying down, sensory feeling and causes me serious distress. I ask that God please grant me mercy and delivers me renewed spiritual strength and heals my body to its full pre-accident health and function. I also ask God to bless and look after all the sick in dire need of help and prayers.  Kindest of regards and warmest of love
Rovina C
 
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Hi Sister Raquel! I’m Cecille T..  May I ask You to pray for the healing and complete recovery of my husband, Pete.  He had Acute Myocardial Infarction last June 14, 2012. Thank you so much!
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Thank you for your prayers for my husband Pete, for his complete healing and speedy recovery from Acute Myocardial Infarction.  Please continue to include him in your prayers that he will fully recover In mind, body and spirit.  I also lift up myself to you to include me in your prayers for healing.  Please intercede that I will be in good health and all my organs as well as Pete’s will function normally and free from sickness, disease, tumors or growths.  Let our organs function at 100% efficiency, in perfect harmony.  Let our heart function at 100% efficiency and in perfect rhythm.  Thank you Sister Raquel!
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I believe that when we ask through prayers, God will answer our prayers as long as we believe and pray from our heart.  I believe, I expect that I will receive what I am praying for. Nothing is impossible with our God and Savior, the Great Physician.  All things are possible with God.  Thank you!
Cecile, Sent from my iPhone
 
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I have two friends (husband & wife) who are not in good terms with each other.  I pray that God will bless them with humility and be able to forgive each other.  I also pray for their children so that any anger in their hearts will be replaced by forgiveness and understanding.  I hope they will be able to settle their differences and talk to each other in a civil manner. I also pray for myself and my husband, that we will always have a blissful marriage. Please keep us healthy and financially abundant. Please help my husband so that he will be able to close big accounts and be of help to our families and friends.
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Please bless and guide my husband, I do not know if he is having an affair and I noticed that he has lost interest in me, I am very much in love with him and he says that the feeling is mutual and he would like to spend the rest of his life with me. But there is this doubt that I am feeling. Please also help me so that I will be able to fully trust him again. Please guide him to be faithful to me and to think first of the consequences that will happen to him because of some wrong actions that he will do or have done. Please help my husband find a permanent job where he will be happy and satisfied with all the benefits of the company.  Right now, he is a contract agent and is just earning on commission basis without any benefits, in the meantime, please help my husband so that he will be able to close big accounts in his present work as contract agent.  Despite our difficulties financially and in our marriage, I would like to thank God for all the blessings He has given us.
Anonymous
 
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Please pray for personal healing and discernment of God’s will
Familia balgos
 
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Dear sisters,
I’ve been looking for a prayer warrior group long time, at nakita ko po ang site nyo. Gusto ko po magpa-healing prayer para sa aking Ovarian Cyst 10cm po at sa aking anxiety, depression, nervous, fear.. Ayoko na po talaga  magpa opera…please help me to pray for my illness, i dont want to go under surgery for the doctor told me even if it will remove thru surgery it will still come back… Please sisters, i believe the power of praying to heal illness and other sickness. Help me to pray to our Lord Jesus Christ. With much hope,
Hetty R
 
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Dear Sr. Raquel Reodica,
Please pray for Mila who has cancer. Thank you very much.
Martha
BRING MILA TO THE HEALING CENTER.
 
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I would like to request prayer of healing for Michael.  He has tonsilitis and feeling sick for the past days. Thank you very much.
Reena
 
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Please pray for speedy and full recovery of my mother Lilia, who recently suffered from a mild stroke. She wanted to continue her work as a Block Rosarian but because of her current state she cannot do it. Please pray for her.
Joel
 
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PLEASE PRAY FOR MY BROTHER, HE IS IN COMA AND VERY SICK. PLEASE PRAY THAT HE WAKES UP AND HEALS. PLEASE PO.  THANK YOU
LIZA from Pampanga
 
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In Jesus’ name, could I ask Sister Raquel to pray for my healing – I have bone marrow disorder with severe myelofibrosis, a chronic degenerative disease. Thanks and God bless.
Gloria M
 
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Dear Sr Racquel, Bro Bernie & my co-prayer warriors,
Please pray for the soul of DOLORES V. EBIAS my aunt who died May 16, 2012, May her soul rest in peace, together with the holy souls in purgatory especially my father (NICOLAS) and ANGEL F.
Melanie
 
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Hello Sister Raquel,
Good day!  I am Ria and I am writing to ask for prayers for my mom, Gloria. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer po and I am praying that she would be healed in Jesus’ name before she even gets an operation. She has been operated many times already and I am hoping that she will not have to undergo this one.  We plan to visit today but I read that there’s no sched so we may go tomorrow instead. Hope to meet you soon po. Thank you for all the help and prayers you have been giving everyone.  God bless you more! Love,
Ria
SCHEDULES WERE CANCELLED BECAUSE SISTER RAQUEL WAS CALLED TO THE MOTHER HOUSE FOR INDEFINITE LEAVE. BUT NOW SHE IS BACK AND SCHEDULES ARE ON.
 
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GiGi S had cancer 5 years ago, going Wednesday for Liver  biopsy. Patrick K Vietnam war vet 62 yrs old, receives dialysis 3 times a week since 1987, has  prostate  cancer and is on the kidney transplant list
ST RAPHAEL COMMUNITY
 
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Dear Sister Raquel,
Please include in your prayers my sister, Winnie A.S., who is afflicted with colon cancer. May the healing hands of Jesus touch my sister.   Thank you so much!
Vic
 
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Thank you for informing me the new email address. Please pray for healing for me and my family below:
1. pray for marissa c. to get healed with her thyroditis sickness and any throid illness and any illness in her body and maintain good health, good, long life.
2. pray for a miracle healing for milagros c. to get healed with her heart valve aortic illness and any illness and maintain good health,good and long life.
3. pray for jose c. get healed with his osteoporosis, diabetic prone and any illness and maintain good health and good life.
4. pray for theresa c. get healed with any diabetic prone sickness, high blood prone and maintain good health, good and long life.
5. pray for theresa c. to get a miracle job, career stability and security, or get means of income even work from home income or good job for her skills according God’s will what’s best for her career because she has no job and no income.   Thank you.   Regards,
Marissa
 
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Please pray for my siblings from my oldest brother to the youngest in the family that we may be reunited again. That God heal all the wounds, that we all learn to forgive each other just like our Lord Jesus who died on the cross. That we may practice Love and acceptance and remove the anger. In Jesus the almighty .. Amen
Fe B.
 
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Meron po akong pinsan na na heart attack last Sunday and he’s now in hospital (in ICU) and pangalan po niya ay Elmer 62 years old. Please Help his family. Please pray for him na maka recover po siya. Maraming salamat po…… Please, Please we need your prayers now.  HELP US PLEASE……….. 
NERI
 
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Please pray for the complete healing of my mother Maria Milaluna from her Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Pray with us and for us. God is merciful and God is good.
RACH
 
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Dear Sister Raquel, Bro Bernie and Co Prayer Warriors,
Please help me pray for our financial upliftment. We are out of business and left with debts. Please pray that the Lord will lead to any solution to our problem even to the extent of selling our house. In Jesus name we pray. Thank you
DDC
 
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Dear Sister,
Please pray for my mother’s fast recovery, her name is Carmelita. She has been in comatose for 22 days already. We are seeing some signals that she is awake but she cannot open her eyes and she cannot talk. Please help us to pray that God’s healing mercy will touch my mother’s life and that God will heal her illness. Please pray that may God’s healing hands will work on my mother’s sickness. We believe that only God can cure her. We believe that only God has the capability of waking up my mother. Please help us in praying that God will grant my mother a second chance to spend her joyous life with us.. That she will recover from her sickness and that she will live again a normal life. We strongly believe that God has his ways and that he has plan for her. Thanks and may God continue to bless you and all the prayer warriors.
Laarni
 
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I humbly ask you to please include in your prayers the complete healing of my father, Renato, 72years old who is now suffering from lung cancer. Cancer have already been spread out to his brain.  I know and I believe in the power of prayers.  Tatay will be healed in Jesus Name….Amen.  Merciful Father, you said, seek and you will find. I humbly asked o Lord to give us more strength to support my father….Most sacred heart of Jesus, please Heal my father. I believe in God, the father Almighty….In Jesus Name….Amen!  Thanks in advance.
Coco
 
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My daughter J has become very angry with God and has turned away.  Neither of us have precious baby and  fear she may be lost to foster care.  The court system, attorneys and  cps need a change of heart and to return the baby without requiring my  daughter get a job as she has been trying through the department of  rehabilitative services and they have said she isn’t presently  employable.  J suffers from severe depression made much worse by losing  her daughter and the added kick of me being told by my lawyer to keep  away from her.  J has been taking anti depressants for years and has  lost her father, grandfather, three friends and was raped two weeks  before her father died slowly while we stayed at the hospital praying  for him to recover.  Losing her father and being raped caused J to  develop panic attacks and PTSD.  
DH
YOUR LETTER IS TOO LONG SO I CUT THE LOWER PART.
 
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I also request healing prayer for my son Domenic with a disease effecting his brain functioning. The doctor tells us there is no treatment or cure, but i know God has the final say. Please pray for his healing, that the disease does not progress and that his current symptoms disappear. Thank you for your prayers.
Joan
 
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Please, pray:
That Our Lord God strength the relationship between Dejan M. and me!  That any barriers between us will be removed permanently and that we may have a lifetime of happpiness and love together! That all weapons formed against our relationship shall not prosper, in the name of Jesus! Thank you for all your prayers. May God bless you always!  Katarina from Belgrade in Serbia
KATARINA
 
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Dear prayer warriors. 
May I humbly request your prayers for the immediate recovery and healing of my wife Ma. Theresa who is currently suffering from an ovarian cancer…
floro
 
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Lord,give Maxine your healing power.May your lifegiving  powers flow into every cell of Maxine’s body.Cast out anything that should not  be within Maxine.Our father who art in heaven,Holy be your name,your kingdom  come,your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.Give us this day our daily  bread and forgive us our sins,as we forgive those who sins against us.Do not  bring us to the test but deliver us from evil,AMEN.
h3jek
 
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Dear Sister Raquel, Brother Bernie, Prayer Warriors & others,
First of all thank you for taking the time to read this request of mine.  I would like to ask for prayers for my mother.  She underwent tahbso or total hysterectomy last Wednesday because she was diagnosed with uterus ca at the age of 73 yrs.old.  Before that sometime 1980, she was also operated because of breast ca then last 2008, she had a malignant mass again that was also cancerous when biopsied.  Findings after the tahbso were masses in her uterus, a small mass in her liver, little masses on her bladder and intestines. We are running out of budget for the hospital because the money we were told to prepare was not enough because of the complications that happened.  I sometimes can’t help but  cry because of fear.  Please help us pray to God through the intercession of Mama Mary and all the Saints. My sincere thanks to all. God bless. I am a Prayer Warrior
Carol
YOUR LETTER WAS TOO LONG. I HAD TO CUT IT.
 
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Hi,  we please prayers for our brother Marcello who have many healty problems.  thanks a lot
Michele and family
 
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Hello Sisters, I have been unwell and virtually housebound with a deteriorating illness for over two years. I am 23. It is an unknown form of Postural Tachycardia Syndrome.It causes sensations of too much electricity in my body that I release by putting my hands on the earth. My nerves block and the blockage continues to worsen. It affects my whole body – circulation and nerves most of all. It crushes my chest. The left side of my body is slightly more affected. I believe God can heal me since I met a man of God five weeks ago. However, doubt and resistant thoughts continue to stop me giving myself over to God fully.When I pray for long periods I connect with the Lord but doubt and resistance come very easily when I am not in prayer. I am praying for forgiveness, deliverance from evil, a greater connection with God (especially accepting Jesus as the son of God), for the love of the Lord and His Divine Purity to fill my whole being.
MARY
I HAD TO CUT YOUR LONG LETTER. GOOGLE RESEARCH ON SCALAR HEALING. THIS MAY BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST BODY ELECTRICITY. PRAY THAT THE LORD STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH AND REMOVE YOUR DOUBTS.
 
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Good morning po. Sister Raquel, may you stay healthy and strong in Jesus name.
EVELYN
 
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greting in the name of lord and saviour jesus    pray for my mother she not feling well she is 65 years old aswell as pray for my father he allso not fellin well pray fr my son he is allso not feling well why beuse i dont kow satan hasbeen on  our head  my father some time  very very  serios that time  he is through out vsales that is satan atacked pray for me allso iam doing lord jesus ministry i have not any blessing on me pray for my wife she had another baby she got opperiton done  many trobles in my lifer please pray fo for my family  members sir  i want join with your ministry pray for me if you like give me chance
RAJUR
 
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APPENDIX
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GUIDELINES FOR NEW PRAYER WARRIORS
As a prayer warrior, you are now an integral part of the healing ministry. Subscribe as member at www.sisterraquel.com to receive prayer request bulletins automatically. If you do not receive it, inquire at sr.raquel.rvm@gmail.com. You are free to choose your form of prayer. Suggested are 1) one hail mary per request or group of requests, 2) say “Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Mother Ignacia” per request or group of requests, 3 hail marys after reading the entire bulletin.
 
GUIDELINES FOR PRAYER REQUESTERS
English is better so non-Filipinos prayer warriors can understand your prayer requests. Put a subject title “prayer request” to avoid being identified as a spam. ‘No subject’ are not read but deleted. We protect the privacy of requesters. Email addresses and last names are not published. This does not affect the efficacy of the prayers. Make your requests short and do not post repeatedly as it results in confusion.
 
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The Lord sanctifies prayer requesters, prayer warriors, and anyone who reads this bulletin. Upon reading, you may realize that perhaps your pain is nothing compared to those of others. Your pain and their pain are acts of prayer if offered to the Lord. Pain sanctifies and may often be the Lord’s instrument to bring us closer to Him.
 
The MOTHER IGNACIA PRAYER WARRIORS, with worldwide on-line members, are praying for all requests in this bulletin, published regularly at www.sisterraquel.com. Subscribe as member to get it automatically and to receive all inspirational materials as they are posted.
 
When you pray for others, you pray for yourself a hundred fold. To join the MOTHER IGNACIA PRAYER WARRIORS send request to – sr.raquel.rvm@gmail.com
 
PREDOMINANT PRAYER REQUESTS –
Physical healing– cancer and other terminal diseases.
Spiritual healing– depression, confusion, loss of faith.
Relationship healing – friends and family quarrels, separations, conflicts.
Financial rescue– unemployment, exams, businesses, medical expenses.
 
For the sick, request for healing oil for free by postal mail. Just give your postal address to sr.raquel.rvm@gmail.com. But first read about its history, healing oil that appeared miraculously a day before Ondoy-
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2010/02/announcement3-–blogsite-library-links/

 

HEALING MINISTRY’S COMPLETE LIBRARY
Browse thru the ministry’s extensive archives of inspirational materials –
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2010/04/archive00-entire-ministry-library/
Save this link for future readings.
 
The Lord Heals in Cyberspace
amdg
Articles10 Aug 2012 11:14 pm

article – PAIN AS PRAYER

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PAIN AS PRAYER

 

I remember my dad when I was a kid. Every Sunday, he played mahjong the whole afternoon and evening with his brother and two sisters. When he came home with a gallon of ice cream, everyone knew he won. But if instead he did not talk to anyone during dinner, he obviously lost. The normal reaction when we are not in a good mood, or when we are angry or in pain is to spread it around to others.

 

It takes a lot of heart to not spread our pain. If you are not in the mood, it is so easy to let others also lose their good mood. But to purposely not make it contagious takes a lot of effort. It is alright to let others around you know you are not in the mood, but you do not need to let them have it. A mother pounces on a daughter if she has menstrual spasm. A daughter spurns a kid brother because she gets a failing grade in school. We see this everyday.

 

My friend at the healing ministry told me the story of this woman with cancer of the bone who spoke of her suffering. She hid from her children the excruciating physical pain she was suffering, and the consequent depression, if only so they would not share the pain with worry and concern. When finally she could hide it no longer, the children did not show their tears until they were alone in their rooms. When they were together, the joy of being together prevailed over the pain and anxiety.

 

We can actually sanctify our pain by offering it to Jesus. That way, it becomes bearable or it even disappears. That way, pain becomes a form of prayer more effective than an Our Father or a rosary. That way, we share our pain to His pain on the cross. It is a great opportunity to pray when we are in pain. Do not take your pain for granted. You can harness its spiritual value.

 

An insulin-dependent woman with stage 4 diabetes was healed by Father Suarez. She simply touched the television screen when he was blessing the public and the viewers at the end of a healing mass. The next day, her symptoms disappeared. When she had a check up, the doctor was shocked how she improved so rapidly. She was no longer insulin-dependent. In tears, after she was healed, she said, “Lord, I don’t care how much pain you let me go through, as long as You are around and You make me strong enough to bear it and offer it to You. The pain I can bear but Your absence I cannot.”

 

We can never get away from pain. Somehow, sometime, somewhere, it is there around the corner at every chapter of our lives. It is the nature of life on earth to experience pain. You make a choice – strengthen yourself against pain by sanctifying it into a prayer, or wallow in depression and self-pity. In the end, there is only one recourse – surrender yourself to the Lord at the moment of pain, and life will be beautiful, even in pain.

 

Lord, I offer to You all my pains
strengthen me against the storm
let it pass to make me whole once more
help me bear the momentary darkness
until Your blinding light takes over again
Lord, I surrender myself to Your will
Your will be done in my pains and in my joys

 

eastwind

 

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for the terminally sick
request for prayers from the prayer warriors
of the mother ignacia healing ministry
at sr.raquel.rvm@gmail.com
visit her blog site www.sisterraquel.com
and read healing guides
and directions to the healing center
to receive inspirationals automatically
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Articles10 Aug 2012 11:09 pm

article – THE ART OF LETTING GO

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THE ART OF LETTING GO

 

My daughter was in a state of depression. Her bike was stolen in school. She parked it and said she would lock it later, as she went nearby to buy a drink from a vendor. When she turned around, it was gone. She could not sleep for many nights.

 

I told her she had to let go of material attachments. They are passing things in our lives. Our lives have to be centered on spiritual things. I told her, “So you lost a bike. So what. Let’s buy a new one when we can afford it. I mean, how much is a bike, a thousand?” She answered, “Two five.” I said, “So give me time. Suffer the few weeks you have no bike, but don’t let it give you ulcers.” She understood right away. She was silent for a long moment, looking far at the clouds. Then she smiled and we had nice lunch. She slept well that night. The art of letting go involves an act of the free will, the heart reminding itself that material things, no matter how valuable, are nothing. We have to let the spirit take over our material environment. We just have to learn the art of letting go, otherwise, we are the losers. Sometimes, there are hurdles for us to enter our inner garden.

 

The same is true when you get hurt. A friend insults you out of reflex anger. She did not really mean it. But you are hurt. You can’t help it. Hurt is a reflex. But an act of your will after the reflex can reverse that instantly. Forgiveness is the art of letting go of hurts and consequent vengeance. Vengeance and hatred hurts you more than the hurt itself that a friend gives you. Forgiveness makes you whole. Vengeance consumes you. Remember, you can never really get hurt without your willing it. At the first reflex, nip it in the bud. Forgive. Make it a habit. You will discover life is better and more enjoyable.

 

You’ve probably heard of this story before. Stephen Covey relates how a nurse came to him for advice. She had this home patient, a cranky old man. She did not mind fixing his bed, bathing him, cooking his meals. What she minded was his dirty mouth. He would insult and shout at her at will the whole time at every turn. She kept it to herself, otherwise she would lose her job. She spent sleepless nights and shed gallons of tears. When she could no longer bear it, when she was at the verge of a breakdown, she went to Stephen. Stephen just said a few words, “You cannot get hurt without willing it. If you refuse to get hurt, then you are not hurt.”

 

The nurse looked far away, just like my daughter. It was at that moment of discovery, the moment of catharsis, when your world can change instantly from a desert to a garden, from a storm to a breeze. The next day, when the old man shouted at her, she just smiled. The whole day, she gave a smile for every shout. This made the old man really angry. He was enjoying making her miserable as his outlet from his pain. Now, it no longer worked. The nurse went home happy and never had a sleepless night. It was the turn of the old man to have sleepless nights. The art of letting go is an act of the will not to get hurt. Eventually, the old man calmed down and never shouted again. The smiles worked. Eventually, he traded her smile with his smile. Eventually, they became friends. Eventually life became more bearable for both.

 

Lord, teach me the art of letting go
to turn hurt into a smile
to find the eye of the storms in my life
to see a rose, not its thorns
to discern inner peace when there is chaos
light when there is darkness
silence when everyone is screaming

 

eastwind
 
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for the terminally sick
request for prayers from the prayer warriors
of the mother ignacia healing ministry
at sr.raquel.rvm@gmail.com
visit her blog site www.sisterraquel.com
and read healing guides
and directions to the healing center
to receive inspirationals automatically
register as a member
 

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