December 2020


Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry31 Dec 2020 07:21 pm

THE MIRACLE OF THE FLOOD – A True Story

THE MIRACLE OF THE FLOOD – A True Story
 
By Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
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It is important that during this Pandemic, people realize from this true story the importance of Divine Intervention. Divine intervention involves the Lord saving people from disaster as in the flood during Noah’s time. Let this story be a source of inspiration and spiritual strength during this Pandemic for us to turn to the Lord during this storm that lingers.

 

Like a thief in the night, on December 4, 2012, super-typhoon Pablo sent a deadly ‘river tsunami’ across New Bataan in Compostela Valley in Mindanao. About 80 people drowned, but it could have been thousands more if not for the Miracles of the Flood.

 

In Barangay Kibinuangan, four convent boys, to their amazement, saw the two-foot statue of Our Lady Mediatrix of All Grace (see short history at the end) outside Regan Hall in the St. Anthony Parish Compound. They wondered how it got out of the Hall when the door was locked.

 

They were shocked to see the statue ‘float’ in an upright position on the violent flood thick with debris for about a hundred meters to the arch of the parish gate. There, the flood somehow turned the statue to face the oncoming flood. In that instant, the debris froze, creating a twenty-foot high dam. Thousands of evacuees at the grand stand of the elementary school half a kilometer downstream were saved.

 

Prior to the flood, a mysterious woman warned the four boys to pray to Our Lady Mediatrix, predicting that a disaster similar to that in Cagayan de Oro would soon take place. The four prayed devoutly together obediently.

 

The flood took away the hands of the statue. Kibinuangan’s former parish priest Fr. Edgar Tuling said Our Lady was perhaps saying to the people, “Be my hands” to reconstruct our  lives and our homes. Today, in memory of that miracle, most replicas of the Mediatrix in New Bataan are ‘hand-less’, including the six-foot one in the main chapel. The handless Virgin has spread to other areas nationwide through light portable Mediatrix statues distributed for block rosary devotion. Readers can order a two-foot statue handless Virgin sent to your home through eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com, have it blest by your parish, to protect you and your community from the virus.

 

The survivors, with the help of the Church and the Government, built new homes in what is now called Mary Mediatrix Village. At the entrance is a shrine with a five-foot statue of Our Lady Mediatrix, a mute witness to how she saved so many from disaster. Every home in that Village has a modest altar, a photo of the Virgin hung on the wall or a mini-statue of the handless Virgin, to remind them of her kindness.

 

A second miracle occurred at Barangay Andap, a few kilometers upstream of Kibinuangan. Two giant boulders slowed down but did not stop the flood. Hundreds of evacuees at the San Roque Chapel and at the marketplace downstream were in the direct path of the rushing flood. The evacuees punched a hole in the ceiling of the chapel to reach the safety of the roof. They left the hole and the markings of hands on the wall as a memento of God’s mercy.

 

A memorial shrine called Andap ng Liwanag (Andap of Light) was built in between the two boulders which parted the raging waters, reminding peope how God saved the Israelites in the Book of Exodus. Artist Rey Millan built a Tower of Hope shaped like the dove that brought an olive twig to Noah after the Great Flood, representing “new life on Earth” (Genesis 8:11). There, the height of the flood was marked.

 

Sixteen years old Joseph Babag said he was the lone survivor of his family of six. When the flood came without warning, Joseph’s family together with about 50 evacuees at a health center were all swept away a few kilometers downstream towards the St. Anthony Parish. Their names were placed on a memorial wall overlooking the river.

 

The water was so powerful, it lifted the very foundation of the health center and broke it into pieces, Joseph recalled. He was saved because he clung to the trunk of a coconut tree. Fr. Tuling adopted Joseph and is now studying to be a teacher, who may enter the priesthood. Perhaps he was saved to serve the Lord.

 

The Lord said, “Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.” (Genesis 7:4-15, excerpts).
 
SHORT HISTORY. Our Lady appeared to the late visionary Sister Teresing, a postulant of the Carmelite Sisters, in Lipa City in 1948, telling her she is to be called Our Lady Mediatrix of All Grace. Subsequently, hundreds witnessed a series of showers of soft rose petals etched with religious images like the Holy Trinity. Mediatrix devotion spread like wildfire nationwide. The Vatican and the CBCP have declared that Mediatrix devotion is permitted. Our Lady Mediatrix (East) is viewed as a continuation of Our Lady of Fatima (West), focusing in evangelization in Asia and China, the key to peace in a troubled region.
 
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By Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
Blogger – columnist – TV docu producer/director – radio broadcaster – healing ministry
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Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry23 Dec 2020 08:37 am

STARTING LIFE AT EIGHTY – A story of total darkness to blinding light

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STARTING LIFE AT EIGHTY
 
From total darkness to blinding light.
The secret to life is in our stars.
 
By Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
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(This is inspired by a real character.) Eighty-year-old Kevin was so bored with life that he started thinking of death. He started getting sick with imagined diseases. In total depression, wanting to die but not knowing how to, he took a walk in the nearby woods, contemplating suicide.
 
He stumbled and sprained his ankle. Unable to walk, he lay on the grass, and for the first time, saw the panorama of the stars like a million diadems on soft black velvet. Suddenly, he realized that he took many beautiful things for granted, that life was worth living, and it was not too late to start life at 80. His entire life of emptiness and misery flashed back in a split second. He was sad how he had wasted his life.
 
A deep spiritual transformation emerged. He complained aloud to the Lord in tears, “This is all your fault, Lord. You abandoned me. My misery and pain is all your fault.” Suddenly, he realized that, for the first time in his life, he was praying for help. There was only himself and the world to blame. Only then did he realize, that he was still alive, that life was so precious, that life was what he made of it.
 
Unable to walk, he was forced to sleep until morning on top of soft summer leaves. Resisting old age and weakness, he wandered aimlessly for two days, wondering what to do with himself. He bought bread in a bakery along the road. There, he met a young lady sitting on the curb, crying. He brought her out to a nearby garden, and asked her to lie down on the grass. She meekly obeyed, no questions asked. Kevin lay beside her. They watched the clear star-studded evening sky for a whole ten minutes in silence.
 
SANDRA. My name is Sandra. Hey, look, a shooting star.
KEVIN. I’m Kevin. I was ready to commit suicide two days ago, Sandra. The stars saved me. They made me feel alive.
SANDRA. I have cancer. The doctor said I will die in six months.
KEVIN. How nice. Plenty of time to start your life.
SANDRA. What would you have me do?
KEVIN. Give yourself to others, that’s the only way to die. Forget yourself in others.
SANDRA. I am not important. Everybody else is. Sounds like a good plan. Yes, I will try it. Look, another shooting star.
KEVIN. A shooting star, in all its grandeur, lives only for two seconds at most. You have six months. You have plenty of time.
SANDRA. Thank you, Kevin. I will never forget you.
 
Kevin did not fully realize that the utter spiritual comfort he gave Sandra was the same spiritual comfort the Lord gave to him, only five times more. It was a boomerang. It was not just a spontaneous thing that came out of him. It was the Holy Spirit in action, the answer to his prayers. Now he knew what to do with himself. Going back home, he resolved to begin a life for the Lord and for others. It was not too late. It was only then did he really begin his life. He found his youth in his old age after eight decades of emptiness.
 
With his last savings, he built a kitchen named “SOUP FOR THE SOUL”, inviting other old people. Every day, they came, about 50 of them, men and women in rags, a noisy bunch who began to discover their youth in their old age in each other. When his money was running out, he told the sad news to all that he had to close the kitchen.
 
Rebecca, a 78-year-old feisty woman, stood up and said, “No way. We will raise the money.” They had a big rowdy meeting. Everybody was screaming. In the midst of the pandemonium, a beautiful young lady alighted from a black limousine and approached them. All were silent.
 
SANDRA. Hi, Kevin. I can see your making a mess of your life. Kitchen mess, that is. I’ve searched high and low for you.
KEVIN. Sandra, it’s so nice to see you so alive. Let me see, it has been 12 months since we met, right?
SANDRA. Eighteen, Kevin. I did not die after six months because if you live for others, you don’t easily die. You taught me the secret to life, Kevin.
KEVIN. It’s no secret. It’s just that we are mostly blind because we often refuse to see.
REBECCA. Hey, Sandra, you know what …….
SANDRA. Hush, grandma. I know. The soup may ran out, but not the love we all share.
 
Sandra winked. She gave Rebecca a small bag full of cash, who passed it on until it reached Kevin. Everyone screamed. Soup for the Soul was alive and well. It became immortal and would never die. Somehow the Lord planned its finances, not Kevin, not Sandra, not anyone.
 
SANDRA. Tell me, Kevin, do you lie down on the grass with these people?
KEVIN. No grass around here. Anyway, we don’t need shooting stars.
SANDRA. I know, because you are shooting stars to each other, right? The secret to life is in our stars, Kevin.
KEVIN. Right. God bless your pretty soul, Sandra.
 
In an instant, like a brilliant shooting star, Sandra is gone.
 
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By Bernie V. Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com / Facebook ‘Eastwind Journals’ / ‘Bernie V Lopez’
Columnist-Journalist-Broadcaster-Blogger-TV Documentary Producer-Healing Ministry
 
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Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry12 Dec 2020 03:17 am

MEDITATING ON THE UNIVERSE – A Cosmos Series

MEDITATING ON THE UNIVERSE – A COSMOS SERIES
 
A collection of documentaries and photos on the Universe,
produced by Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
 
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YOUTUBE DOCUMENTARIES ON THE COSMOS.
 
Meditating on the universe – a tour of galaxies. Dramatic Hubble and APOD space photos set to prayer and meditation music. Narration by Fr. James Reuter, SJ.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoGv6uQrpD8
 
New space discoveries – neutrinos, SDSS and Hubble space telescopes, cosmic void, big bang theory, blackholes, galactic superclusters.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhNn2u02wk8
 
Cosmology 101. Basics – galaxies, nebulas, Dramatic Hubble space photos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLSGcXi35Kk

 

MEDITATION POSTERS
 
Mainly based on dramatic Hubble Space Photos of N.A.S.A.
 
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