January 2021

Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry17 Jan 2021 09:16 am


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Sister Josephine is both a doctor and an acupuncturist, a blend of east and west. She applied acupressure on the chest of the peasant woman, who had no breastmilk for her malnourished baby, and in three minutes, the milk flowed.
by Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
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Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur, circa 1985. In this remote village in the deep south, there were no drugstores, no Western medicines, no hospitals, no doctors. To bridge the health gap, a new health culture pioneered by the Medical Mission Sisters (MMS) was bred by poverty – acupuncture/acupressure and herbal medicine.


I was invited to write about her health activities by the late Sister Josephine Derequito, MMS, Sr. Jo for short, a licensed physician and a trained acupuncturist all at once, the merging of Eastern and Western Medicine. She travelled to different villages to help the sick. In Pitogo, a fishing village, a young peasant woman asked help for her one-year-old baby, who was very frail but had a big stomach, a sign of advanced stage malnutrition.


SISTER JO – Your baby is frail and sick.
WOMAN – Sister, I do not have breast milk. So I feed her yam (thin soup made from over-cooked kamoteng-kahoy, a root crop).
SISTER JO – You have to eat leafy vegetables, so you will have breast milk.
WOMAN – We don’t eat vegetables, sister, because there’s plenty of fish.
SISTER JO – It is so easy to plant kamote (a vegetable vine), which has plenty of iron. From now on, eat talbos ng kamote (the shoots), otherwise your baby will die.


The woman nodded. Sister Jo examined the baby, then applied acupressure with her  thumb on the woman’s chest in between her breasts. My hair stood on end when, within three minutes, while she talked to the woman, the milk flowed. The woman was in tears.


In the evening, the fisherman-husband of the woman brought us fresh fish from his catch. This was the magic of poverty. The poor were capable of returning the love you give them with what they have, even if they had no money. Sr. Jo never charged the peasants.


Next came a young man who lost his sense of hearing when he was electrocuted. During the lean dry season, men go up the electric posts to tap electricity using two cables with rods at the end. They would apply electricity on ponds dried up into mud to kill dalag (mud fish) and hito (catfish), native delicacies. This was the cheap way to fish if one did not have a boat. The young man was electrocuted and fell from the post. Sr. Jo took out her acupuncture needles and placed two each on the temples, and two each on the sides of the nose close to the eyes. I was expecting another miracle.


ME – Sister, will he be able to hear when you’re finished?
SISTER JO – No. It’s not instant. I have to apply acupuncture weekly for a few weeks. I am not even sure I can heal him. It’s a chance, but there is nothing to lose. Even modern hospitals may not be able to heal him. Acupuncture is mysterious and magical. He has a chance to heal.
ME – Sister, where do you get funds for your program?
SISTER JO – I have no funds, just my own little travel and food allowance. When the peasants find out my project is funded by World Bank or ADB, they drool for handouts. This destroys the project because you make them dependent. The key in health care for the very poor is self-reliance. I conduct health workshops for peasants. They bring their own food for the two-day workshops. Some take three-hour hikes, bringing their babies.
ME – Wow. How do you motivate them?
SISTER JO –  No need. They see the value of being their own doctors when a child is sick. Also, they see that, when they set up their own community herbal garden, they have free medicine from their own drug store. They set up these gardens at no expense.


Sister Jo distributed photos showing acupressure points on the body that would heal specific ailments. For example, S26 below the knee relieved menstrual spasm. She gave them a list of what ailments herbs can cure from a Filipino herbal medicine book. The peasants easily identified the herbs. The program without funds had tremendous reach and impact, encompassing many outlying villages. The peasants were instant paramedics and herbalists.


The New People’s Army (NPA) adopted a similar program. The program of health self-reliance spread like wildfire across the poverty-stricken landscape. Sister Jo said the key was ‘to not impose but empower’. She passed away decades ago, but left an imprint of love on poor rural folks, a Filipino version of Mother Teresa.


The DOH must look into alternative Eastern Medicine programs to complement Western Medicine, which is irrelevant in poor distant villages. The poor have the right to good health.


in this life, we cannot do great things
we can only do small things with great love
if you cannot feed a hundred people
then just feed one
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
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Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry17 Jan 2021 08:32 am


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Extreme emotional states like hatred or depression can cause cancer.
A woman with breast cancer is healed.
By Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
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Many have requested for the e-book on the healings of Sister Raquel Reodica, RVM. So here is a second healing story, told by her to the author.
Jessica had Stage 2 cancer of the breast. She visited Sister Raquel to be prayed over, in the hope of being healed. She had a strong faith and was confident she would get healed. A week after the visit, she called up Sister and told her she still was not getting healed. Sister told her to visit again. Sister could discern Jessica had a deeper problem. (Dialogue reconstructed.)


SISTER – There must be a reason why you are not getting healed. Tell me, what’s wrong.
JESSICA – (In tears.) My husband has a mistress. Imagine, after 30 years of marriage, he would do this, when we are old and our children are grown-ups. I hate him.
SISTER – Did you talk about it?
JESSICA – Yes. He said he was sorry. He abandoned his mistress when I got cancer.
SISTER – Then, he is back and your marriage is saved.
JESSICA – No, I want a divorce.
SISTER – You must forgive him.
JESSICA – Never, Sister. I’d rather die than forgive him.
SISTER –You must clean your spirit before the Lord cleans your body. I am not the healer. The Lord decides, not me. But from my experience, people have to repent before they are healed. When did you get cancer?
JESSICA – Two weeks after I discovered he had a mistress.
SISTER – Can you not see there is a relation? Do you know that extreme hatred can cause cancer. Jessica, there is a storm inside you.
JESSICA – (More tears.) I am sorry, Sister, I cannot forgive him. He destroyed our family.


Jessica went home dejected. After a year, she called Sister again. Her breast cancer was now Stage 4. Her breasts hardened like stone. There were lesions with a foul smell.


JESSICA – Sister, I think I am ready to forgive.
SISTER – Are you sure?
JESSICA – (Tears once more.) No, sister, I am not sure. I am trying to forgive.
SISTER – The Lord can help you forgive. Let’s pray to him. Let us ask him to give you the grace to forgive.


As they prayed, Jessica stopped crying. She suddenly became peaceful and calm. She smiled at Sister. The storm instantly passed away.


JESSICA – Thank you, sister.
SISTER – Don’t thank me. Thank the One who healed you.
JESSICA – You mean I am healed?
SISTER – I don’t know. I think so. You tell me.
JESSICA – Thank you, Jesus.


After a week, Jessica told Sister her breast cancer was gone. Her lab results showed she was cancer-free. What took years to reach Stage 4 was suddenly Stage Zero. Her doctor could not believe it.
Sister Raquel writes –


“During the few years of my ministry as an instrument of Jesus for healing, I began to realize that, aside from physi­cal poisons and genetic defects that cause diseases and physi­cal and mental discomforts, there are also social and psycho­logical poisons in our own homes and in society that pre-dispose us to illnesses by creating certain attitudes and feelings within us.


“Heart disease, suicide, mental illness, or cancer can be correlated to psychological factors. We can even be disposed to accidents psychologically. Almost all, if not all sicknesses and bodily discomforts have psychological anteced­ents.


“LIFE PATTERNS and ATTITUDES can predispose us to various types of diseases.


“Some doctors I have met say many of them are now beginning to regard the emotional realities in the lives of their patients. They begin to look beyond the question of chemical poisons and consider the possibility of PSYCHOLOGICAL POISONS.


“To go against lifelong emotional habits can be extremely difficult for most people. This is my advice to people who are healthy or sick. Relax and change your lifestyle. Be more gentle to yourself and to others. Learn to love deeply. Replace hatred with forgiveness. Forgiveness heals and hatred consumes. If you fail to forgive, you tear yourself inside. Ikaw ang lugi. (That is your misfortune).”


Sister Raquel is now too old to heal. But you can read about her experiences as a healer for the Lord. Request by email to the author for an e-book entitled HEALING STORIES OF SISTER RAQUEL, free download, English or Pilipino version, also written by the author as a healing ministry volunteer.
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Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry17 Jan 2021 07:43 am


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A Kid from the Slums Makes it to the Top
By Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
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Tondo is the wild ghetto of Manila, similar to Harlem of New York. James (name changed for privacy), born and raised in Tondo, wallowed in utter poverty. When there was no food at home, he would skip classes at the local public school, for how can you learn with an empty stomach. He always carried a pocket knife in defense against the bullies. When they knew he had a knife, they did not touch him. It was his only defense against a violent world of sheer poverty. James would later evolve into a tycoon beyond his wildest dream, one of the biggest philanthropists of his time. Yet he remained in the shadows, unknown in the corporate world.


James topped the tests for scholarship at a prestigious university. All of a sudden, his world changed from flood-prone streets of goon-infested Tondo to the manicured green campus of a university for the elite. The school put him in the campus dormitory.


His new world hit him like a lightning bolt. He had an acute inferiority complex with all the well-dressed English-speaking students all around. It was easy for him to hide his utter poverty because they gave him new clothes. His poverty was a closely guarded secret. Everyone treated him like anybody else. He was initially lonely and alienated inside, but he did not show it. Watching and listening in silence, he gradually realized he was the same flesh and blood as the rich. His inferiority complex evolved into a deep resolve to prove his worth in academics.


James finally topped the academic ranking, beating the former no. 1 by a hair, who was the high school Valedictorian. This boosted his confidence. Suddenly, all eyes were on him. He blended in smoothly. At first, he was reluctant to meet the rich girls in the Saturday parties. Finally, he inched forward, got a girl friend from the alien world, from whom he for a moment kept secret his former world. James was now accepted and admired by everyone.


James took his Master’s Degree in Economics on scholarship in London. He graduated with flying colors, and ended up in Wall Street, sporting a three-piece suit, achieving expertise in stock market investment. Returning home, he became an Executive Vice President in a prestigious bank.


This is where our story begins. James was all over the stock market. He became a millionaire in the blink of an eye. The coal-dependent Philippine cement industry ground to a halt due to a global coal shortage, syphoned by China for her hungry economy. When the stock price of the largest cement firm plunged, James bought massively, all his eggs in one basket, and waited like a lion for prey. In a year, the coal shortage dissipated and the cement industry was revived by an intense demand from the construction industry, from total bust to total boom. The cement firm stock price soared to the high heavens. At the peak, James unloaded all he got and amassed tens of millions. The stock price fell instantly due to his massive sell-out, but recovered.


And so it came to pass that James, the Tondo kid, became the Tondo Tycoon. But he never forgot his roots, and the violence of poverty. His heart went out to the poor who could not afford an education. He was the largest donor of his Alma Mater at one time, beating all the Taipans. He donated scholarship funds to more schools in other big cities. He created the largest scholarship fund for Muslim students in two southern cities. On top of buildings, he donated hundreds of computers, and gave for free thousands of expensive text books, the infrastructure to learning.


It was amazing how the more James gave, the more he received. It would happen several times. His generosity was answered by the Lord with financial gains ten-fold of his donations. Bless your pretty soul, James, wherever you sit silently in the shadows, unseen by the world. May we have more men like you.


when you wrong another
you wrong yourself a hundred-fold
when you uplift another
you uplift yourself a hundred fold
when you aid the weak, you strengthen yourself
when you give to the poor, you enrich yourself
comfort another and you are consoled
save a life and you are saved
life is such that what you give is what you receive
only a hundred fold more
the greatest lesson for the tondo tycoon
was his utter poverty


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By Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
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Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry02 Jan 2021 08:15 pm

2021 ECONOMIC IMPLOSION – A US Implosion will trigger a global one

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Daily Tribune, Star Gazer, Dec. 27, 2020


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If the US economy crashes, the global economy crashes, including China’s. A global crash will be about a hundred times of the great depression of the 1920s. The second and third waves of the Pandemic will double the speed of this economic hurricane. What are the signs the US economy will implode?
In spite of the ongoing US recession which started in the second quarter of 2020, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 Indices continued to soar ‘mysteriously’ to record levels, as of December 18, 2020. The Pandemic which started last March 2020, with thousands of big corporations crashing, failed to dampen the spirit of these bullish markets.
That recession, at the onset, was quite violent at a minus 9.5% GDP decline, which is projected to sink further to 5.6%. The market growth is thus artificial and deceiving, giving a false picture of the US financial and economic landscape, and hinting of a highly unstable and potentially disastrous situation.
Some investment experts say the culprit is HUMAN BEHAVIOUR. When people see markets revving up, they tend to ride it, blind to future consequences. They have a false sense of optimism. This human behavior is nothing else but plain greed. This ‘band wagon effect’ fuels the bullish market towards a potential future crash never before seen.
The trillions of dollars the US government will use to bail out Wall Street can be the trigger for an economic tsunami, because it is based on printing more and more paper money, a form of ‘pseudo-wealth’. Meanwhile, 50 million jobless Americans are hungry. It is like corking a volcano about to erupt, hoping such band-aid solutions will hold, as it has so far in the past two decades. The Pandemic, however, is the final catalyst.
Unknown to everyone, known only by a few doomsday prophets, the rubber band may reach its breaking point. When it snaps, it will be sudden and intense, and the world will reverberate from the shock of the US economy imploding, the so-called ‘bubble’, an artificial entity full of nothing but air. The stockbrokers paint a rosy picture in behalf of Wall Street to maintain its wealth at the expense of ordinary small investors, the ultimate victims.
At the economic epicenter are Wall Street and the US Government. The money the ruling elites use comes from the Federal Reserve, which printed some $8 trillion under Obama, and an unknown amount under Trump, just to keep the US economy afloat.
When the US economy goes down, the entire global economy goes down. Even China, the emerging economic giant, may be affected, because its growth is based on its biggest client, namely the US. The Trump-led US-China trade war has done nothing but destroy both countries. The key to growth is cooperation, never conflict, in the long term. In the short term, conflict can induce artificial growth like massive short selling or futures speculation.
Many analysts point to 2021 as the year of the global economic meltdown. And some of them say it can be as early as the first quarter. If it is just around the corner, how come investors are in a frenzy in an artificial bullish market? Again, they say, it is Man’s nature to self-destruct based on greed and a false sense of hope.
Rising PE Ratio is the earthquake before the eruption. PE Ratio is defined as the Price (stocks) versus Earnings (income) of a corporation or stock market. If the stock price of a corporation is high compare to its performance, namely ability to generate income, then the stock is overvalued. The greater the gap between stock and performance, the greater the overvaluation. At a certain point, the empty bubble bursts. This is the essential cause of extremely bearish market, soaring, reaching a peak before it dives into the abyss.
Financial analysts agree that the ‘breaking point’ is normally a PE Ratio of 25. The NASDAQ 100 Index had a PE Ration of 39.27 in December 18, 2020, dangerously way above the 25 limit. A year ago, it was a mere 27.12. The S&P 500 Index had a PE Ratio of a staggering 42.8, while last year it was 25.23. The increase in both Indices is almost double.
Stock analysts in the US label this as a product of long-term abuse and consistent manipulation. This excessively bloated pattern is called a ‘megaphone’, or a broadening top, the period before the massive sudden explosion when the pressure uncorks the volcano. The lows (earnings) dive lower and lower, and the highs (stock price) soar higher and higher towards doomsday.
The global crash will be about a hundred times of the Great Depression of the 1920s. The second and third waves of the Pandemic will double the speed of this economic hurricane. In the end, the bubble may kill more people than the Pandemic itself.
Let us continue our prayers for salvation against the Pandemic. Lord, forgive us our sins. Lord, have mercy on us.
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