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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

 

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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

 

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Articles26 Dec 2011 02:01 am

article3 – A PROPHECY FOR THE NEW DECADE

 
 
A prophecy emanating from the mystery of the healing oil
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Edited version of an article published
in the Philippine Daily Inquirer
Front page, January 10, 2010
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by bernie lopez
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This article describes messages to the world that Sister Raquel says she has received in the last few months.
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In 1991, Sister Raquel Reodica, RVM, received her gift of healing a week after the Mount Pinatubo eruption, one of the biggest disasters in Philippine history. A typhoon scattered the volcanic ash in the stratosphere all the way to the Antarctic, disrupting data of a US global-warming research station there. The station reported that the effect was so immense that there was a momentary cooling of the Earth.
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During that week, a woman she had never met, approached her, and, claiming to see visions, told her she would eventually receive a second gift, the gift of prophecy, or the ‘third eye’. First, she found the notion preposterous, then later scary. In September 2009, close to two decades later, this gift of prophecy began to manifest itself during an equally-deadly disaster period – three consecutive typhoons, Ondoy, Ramil and Pepeng, which rendered hundreds of thousands homeless in Metro-Manila, Baguio and Pangasinan.
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On September 25, 2009, one day before Ondoy swept through Metro-Manila, Sister Raquel unlocked the gates of the adoration chapel of the Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry at 6 a.m., and discovered pools of oil which mysteriously appeared on the marble floor. She collected the oil in a towel and used if for healing. There were dramatic cases of instant healings. For one, Edwin Reyes, afflicted with brain tumor, within days, stood up from his wheelchair and started jumping and dancing, which was caught on camera. See part 2 below.
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Youtube video part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owykGkNCpIg
part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlREzytKuSg
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When typhoon Ramil threatened Ilocos days after Ondoy, Sister Raquel and chaplain Father Tiofilo fell on their knees in prayer, pleading to the Lord to spare the Philippines. Curiously, two high pressure areas sandwiched Ramil, which weakend into a tropical depression and veered towards Taiwan.
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During the Pinatubo eruption, the situation was exactly the same. Philvolcs reported that a second eruption was imminent when steam vents were increasing at the crater. Sister Raquel and a handul of RVM nuns prayed for the Lord to spare the Philippines. That second eruption never occurred. Skeptics, of course, argued it was not prayers, just Nature. But other believed prayers pre-empted a second disaster. The power of prayer is the theme of Sister Raquel’s messages described here. Was it an odd coincidence that Ondoy unleashed was followed by Ramil averted, just like the first eruption unleashed and a second averted? Does this reveal a God of mercy and punishment all at once?
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On November 6, 2009, a First Friday, oil appeared once again, more profuse than ever. This time the pools of oil were neatly positioned in nine equidistant lines from the back of the chapel to the altar. High resolution photos were taken by the Sisters before the oil dried up.
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See link http://www.sisterraquel.com/2009/12/poster37-40-my…healing-centerposter37-40-mysterious-oil-and-cloud-at-healing-center/
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This healing oil became the basis of Sister Raquel’s claim of messages from the Lord for the world. She did not hear ‘voices’, she simply ‘felt’ the messages overwhelm her consciousness, which she found hard to described.
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It must be clarified that in 2001, Sister Raquel spoke of impending earthquakes in the Philippines. She gave a broad time period, not an exact date. But by the time the news hit front page, an exact date given by a woman who frequented the healing center, was erroneously attributed to her. When no earthquake came on that date, she became the subject of criticism. Her published reply was too late, the damage was done. Today, she is willing to take the risk of facing critics because she says the Lord wants these message conveyed.
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Sister Raquel’s emerging messages are as follows. First, the nine lines of oil refer to nine years (2009 to 2018) that the Lord is giving mankind to change its ways. This a ‘deadline’. Second, Sister spoke of the urgency for the rich, comprising 3% of Philippine population to give to the poor which comprises about 70%. This virtue of sharing is not an option, it is an obligation. Sister says the Lord is not requesting but demanding that everyone must start helping others, praying harder, and renewing lives in Him. She cites the gentle and harsh words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35 – “Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom, for I was hungry and you gave me food … Depart from Me, you accursed, into eternal fire for I was hungry and you gave me no food.”
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Third, Sister cites the third secret of Fatima, mentioning a ‘global earthquake’ occurring worldwide simultaneously if man does not change his ways. She cautions that her aim is not to sow panic but to sow prayer. It took the Church decades to finally reveal the third secret in fear the harsh predictions would sow panic. Alas, there was no panic. We have all but forgotten the terrible forewarnings in the third secret.
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Fourth, sister spoke of the power of prayer which can avert disasters. Disasters are ‘negotiable’. We can bargain with prayer and good deeds. She cites how the Lord spared the affluent city of Nineveh because it repented in its decadent ways. She cites how the Lord would have spared Sodom and Gomorrah if one holy person there was found there. Alas, they were burnt to the ground.
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She also cites the story of how a small Jesuit resident just a few hundred meters from ground zero of the Hiroshima nuclear blast in World War II remained mysteriously untouched. At that time, the residents were praying the rosary.
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Fifth, certain pools of oil were shaped like the map of the Philippines. But the Visayas was oddly found separate from Luzon and Mindanao. Sister says this means the Visayas could be spared because the Lord is pleased. Is this because of the annual celebration of Sinulog dedicated to the Santo Nino or Holy Child?
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Sixth, Sister Raquel explains that there were ‘three rays of light’ falling on the Philippine map (the pools of oil shaped into its map). She says, “It is not an accident that we have millions of OFWs scattered worldwide. The Lord will use them to evangelize the whole world. The have a role to play.” Filipino priests among OFWs have ‘a challenging work’.
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Sister clarifies that people are not obliged to believe her. Faith is a gift and belief is of the free will. But there is nothing to lose in listening to the warnings, old warnings we have forgotten (the third secret) and everything to gain in renewing life in the Lord.
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Today is an era of global warming, intensifying typhoons and hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis, forest fires and floods, droughts, and swine and avian flu. Legalized abortion is now financed by governments. Materialism has intensified into a plague that haunts rich and poor countries. Corporate greed has triggered a global financial meltdown. It is in this backdrop that these messages of prayer and renewal are being conveyed.
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half of the secrets of the universe
 
lies at the edge of the galaxy
 
beyond our reach
 
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the other half lies in a child
 
who extends his hand
 
a fingertip away
 
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eastwind pp308
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a candle loses nothing
by lighting another
you light another’s candle
when you spread the Word
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you spread the Word by example
giving, sharing, teaching
when you touch someone
who touches back another
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you start a chain reaction
which is endless
infinity is in your hands
when you share your tiny light
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a million candles mimic
the dawn that conquers darkness
a million tiny voices mimic
the thunder that conquers deceit
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be part of the dawn
light another’s candle
be part of the thunder
whisper the Truth to another
 
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eastwind pp308
 
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http://www.sisterraquel.com/2011/08/prayer-66
 
4 – THE BEAST WHICH SHALL RULE THE EARTH
 
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2011/08/prayer68
 
5 – A PROPHECY FOR THE NEW DECADE inquirer article
 
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2010/01/prayer33-a-prophecy
 
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Articles10 Dec 2011 03:35 am

article 9 – ANTI-MARIAN ATTACKS ON FATIMA THIRD SECRET

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ANTI-MARIAN ATTACKS ON FATIMA THIRD SECRET
Email deceptions and misinformation
Marian interventions against disasters
Can prayers avert World War III?
 
Email Deceptions and Misinformation

 

It is strange how the Third Secret of Fatima is today surrounded by deceptions and attacks from anti-Marians who undermine its true message. For example, a History Channel documentary claimed that part of the Third Secret is still secret, that only 25 of the 62 lines of the original manuscript was revealed. This is not true. If you look at the official Vatican website, you will see all 62 lines. Click the link below and see for yourself.
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20000626_message-fatima_en.html

 

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The anti-Marians say that praying to Our Lady is a form of idolatry, an ‘abomination’. The reply of Marian devotees is simple – we pray to Our Lady not as a God, but as a human bridge to God.

 

An email letter, which has been circulating many times over for years, says only blessed candles can be lit during the three days of darkness. Neither blessed candles nor the three days of darkness are mentioned in the original Fatima messages. The apparent intent was to distract us and make us focus on external rituals so that we forget the essence of the message, namely, a return to the Lord, which will save us from calamity, not the lighting of candles.

 

The misleading email is littered with a complex set of quotes and sub-quotes until you can no longer distinguish what Our Lady is saying and what the anonymous author is adding. It is an ingenious subtle form of deception. It speaks of ”a great earthquake ten minutes before midnight going for eight hours and will tilt the earth’s axis 23 degrees”. There are no such exact scientific data in the Third Secret.

 

The email says, “once (God’s punishment) has started, you should not look outside under any circumstance!!!!”. The intent is to instill the wrong kind of fear, fear of penalty for transgressing a meaningless rule. True fear of the Lord involves prayer and good deed.

 

The original Third Secret transcript does not speak so much of hellfire and brimstone, as many think. The most doomsay text that visionary Sister Lucia wrote goes, “We saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’.” This passage explains that Marian intervention can save the world from disasters, but ony through constant penance.

 

Marian Interventions against disasters

 

According to Vatican Fatima scholars in the Vatican, there have been three such Marian interventions on potential disasters. The first was the Cuban crisis in 1961, the closest mankind had to a nuclear confrontation. The second was the two averted attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II, circa 1981. The Third Secret referred to a “bishop in white”, whom Sister Lucia later would say was Pope John Paul II, who would be saved from assassination. Archbishop Emeritus of Vercelli Tarcisio Bertone, SDB, later reported that the Pope was saved by ”a Mother’s hand that guided the bullet’s path”. The Pope later gave the bullet to the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima who placed it in the crown of Our Lady of Fatima. Anti-Marians argue that there were no such Marian interventions. Events simply happened. The belief in Marian interventions is a matter of faith. No one is obliged to believe.

 

About half a dozen Popes since 1917 refused to reveal the Third Secret for more than 8 decades. Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian Pope for centuries, known as the ‘Fatima Pope’, finally revealed it in 2002. It seemed that the many Popes kept the message secret not in fear of sowing panic but because of the “bishop dressed in white”, a Pope who would be slain.
 
In 1981, Pope John Paul II consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was Our Lady’s request in one of her earlier Fatima messages as a precondition for world peace. After that, for the first time, a Russian leader, Gorbachev, visited the papacy, where he was touched by his dialogue with Pope John Paul II.

 

Three important events ensued. First, Gorbachev instituted détente as a unilateral policy towards establishing peace with the West. This led to the eventual break up of the Russian empire, and the end of the cold war. Second, Gorbachev opened up the churches in Russia and ended decades of suppression of the Church. Third, the break up of the Berlin Wall in 1989 signaled the last of many events easing tensions between the US and Russia. All these were considered by Fatima scholars as a Marian intervention against wars.

 

Can Prayers Avert World War III?

 

In the theology of sin and punishment, prophecies have an big ‘if’. They are premised on the fact that Man fails to return to the Lord. If he returns to the Lord, then grim prophecies can be reversed or deferred. For example, the Lord told the prophet Jonah to tell that the people of Nineveh that the city would be destroyed, if they would not repent. The affluent trade city of Nineveh was the New York City of biblical times. Nineveh returned to the Lord and was spared. This was the opposite in Sodom and Gomorrah.  The Lord said, if there was but one holy person remaining, he would spare the twin cities. There was none. He destroyed them in fulfillment of the prophecy.

 

The Fatima First Secret describes a vision of hell to scare us to the urgency for prayer and conversion, according to Sister Lucia. Our Lady says, “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end (World War I); but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one (World War II) will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI.” It seems there were no Marian interventions in the two world wars, perhaps because there was no return of Man to the Lord.

 

Is God ready to strike as in Sodom and Gomorrah or ready to forgive as in Nineveh? In my personal experience, as I prayed with Sister Eva at the home of a visionary of Our Lady of Grace and Peace in San Francisco del Monte, she went into a sudden trance and convulsion. Instantly, her voice changed to a deeper tone, and said “I can no longer hold off the hand of my Son. Pray, pray, pray.”

 

The increasing frequency and intensity of disasters lately tend to point to the God of wrath overwhelming the God of mercy – Katrina, Irene, mega-tsunamis in Japan and Jakarta, mega-earthquakes in Peru and China, floods and forest fires everywhere, powerful weather disturbances due to climate change, and so on.

 

One such disaster was 9-11. God can actually permit evil to reign because we ignore Him. The similarity of the twin towers of New York to the twin towers of Babylon is awesome. They are both twin towers. They both represent the sin of pride, the arrogance of man believing he does not need God. 9-11 is more than just a crime by terrorist enemies. It is a message for us to return to God.

 

Today, Iran-Syria-Israel or Pakistan-India are easily the core of a new powderkeg that may evolve into a possible World War III. All that is needed is a small short fuse, when all of us are asleep. Can we still avert disasters? Can we still invoke Marian intervention through prayers and penance? Can Our Lady still hold off the Angel of Fire and the hand of her Son? Or are we hopelessly now in the era of the ‘end times’? It is up to all of us. Only Mankind’s actions can change the big ‘if’.

 

“Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting weeping and mourning. Rend your hearts not your garments. Return to me your Lord your God. For gracious and merciful am I, slow to anger, rich in kindness, relenting in punishment.” (Joel 2:12-13).

 

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