Our community had a chance last Jan. 31 to attend a healing Mass with Fr. Fernando Suarez, the healing priest, whose healing Masses have been attended by thousands seeking healing for ailments and other afflictions. About 600 of us attended with our sick loved ones.
Ever since Fr. Suarez returned for a visit from Canada where his congregation, Companions of the Cross, is based, his schedule has been gruelling and exhausting. But he has always managed to smile through it all. He never takes the credit to himself and always does healing sessions only AFTER he celebrates Mass. He makes it a point to remind people that God heals but not always in the form we expect, which is usually physical. We also need healing on the spiritual and emotional aspects and there are times when that is what the Lord heals.
He said Mass at the Main Hall of our Center on the 3rd floor. I was assigned to a room on the 2nd floor that had a live feed from the cameras so we were able to follow everything going on. After Mass, we waited our turn as he began with those in wheelchairs. I saw him make several of them stand from their wheelchairs and walk a few steps. Many were “slain in the Spirit” (a term for what looks like fainting but is a response to the Holy Spirit enveloping you upon the touch of a holy person).
When it was our turn to go up to the Main Hall, I reviewed silently what I wanted the Lord to heal in me. I was thinking whether I would specifically ask that my episodes with kidney stones and dizzy spells are what I want Him to heal. But on second thought, I decided to leave it in God’s Hands and told Him that He knew best what needed healing in me.
When Fr. Suarez came to me, he gave this really huge smile and called me by name: “Hi, Jane!”. And when he touched my forehead, I too fell backward and rested on the floor for several seconds. It was a very peaceful feeling.
This phenomena is something I want to do more research on and maybe I will post about it sometime. But for now, I know I should not put too much stock in the extraordinary, outward events I have witnessed and experienced. What is really important, as pointed out to me by a Jesuit priest friend, is that whatever Fr. Suarez does makes me closer to God…and might I add, change me for the better.
I was never aware of the huge plans Fr. Suarez has to build an oratory to the Blessed Virgin Mary on a large tract of land overlooking Batangas Bay (and eerily, the name of the place is MonteMaria or “mountain of Mary”). Based on the plans I saw in their website, Mary Mother of the Poor Foundation, it will be even larger than Jesus’ statue in Sao Paolo, Brazil and about as high as the Statue of Liberty. It is meant to be a beacon for sea travelers plying the Philippine seas. Many are speculating whether this is part of the Marian message at Medjugorje that the Philippines is to become a global spiritual center.
Fr. Suarez’ website describes the entire place as follows:
As high as Statue of Liberty
Soon to become the center of Suarez’s healing ministry is Montemaria (Matuko Point) in the outskirts of Batangas City. Set on a hill on 20 hectares of land, the center of the Oratory of the Blessed Virgin at Montemaria will have chapels, prayer gardens, Stations of the Cross, retreat houses, campsites, lodging houses, a center for the poor and even a replica of Mary house in Ephesus (ancient city in Turkey). The place is meant to draw pilgrims who want to renew their faith.
I got this video from YouTube. It shows some testimonials on Fr. Suarez’ healing as well as plans for Montemaria.
This other video is a cyber healing prayer from Fr. Suarez. May you be blessed by his prayers for spiritual and physical healing.