PREVIOUS HEALING STORIES
“Healing Stories of Sister Raquel’ contains all previous healing stories,
chapters 1 to 29, before 2006.
TESTIMONIALS from those who were healed are also found in the
e-book on page 12.
NEW HEALING STORIES
Healing stories after the e-book came out are contained below.
THE HEALING WALL
Bernardo V. Lopez
Published in the Business World August 31, 2006
adoration chapel has risen at the Mother Ignacia Healing Center. It features a
‘wall fountain’ behind the altar where water trickles down. The altar has a
giant monstrance of the Blessed Sacrament. The water flowing down the dark
limestone wall has healed so many people in its short existence that many are
comparing it to the miraculous waters of Lourdes, Fatima or Medjugorje.
Everyone, especially the sick, are welcome to visit and witness the healing
waters of the center.
nine-years old, the only daughter of Babet and Eric Cruz. When her constant
headaches and vomiting became more frequent, the couple decided to bring her to
a doctor. She was referred to an ophthalmologist, whose comprehensive checkups
proved negative, and who recommended Faye undergoes a CT scan to probe deeper
into the causes of the problem. The CT scan revealed a benign tumor 7
millimeters in diameter, which is considered large, obstructing the optic nerve,
causing headache, nausea, and slight impairment of vision. It could get worse if
the flow of hormones from the pituitary glands is affected. It was termed
technically as ‘pituitary micro-adenoma’. The pituitrin hormone controls
physical growth and other important body functions. So far, Faye did not have
symptoms related to pituitrin deficiency. The doctor was thinking of brain
surgery, but decided to first continue observation. It would involve a ‘gamma
knife’ or a laser scalpel to do it at the only place it can be done, the
Cardinal Santos hospital. This would cost about P500,000. The doctor suggested
an MRI, a more accurate test than the CT scan, which was also a pre-operation
recommendation of a friend whose son was healed, they went to the Mother Ignacia
Healing Center. Later, Faye asked her mother if it is possible one would have a
recurring dream. In a dream, Faye recounts that a Man came to pick her up at
school and they went to a grotto to pray. She could not see the face of the Man.
The next day, it was the same dream but this time it was a Lady who brought her
to the same grotto to pray. What was the meaning of the dream, Faye asked. And
why was she dreaming this everyday? Babet and Eric knew there was a clear sign,
a message in that dream. This was when they decided to bring Faye back to the
of the dreams, Faye wrote a letter to Jesus, which she showed her teacher, and
eventually her parents. She was asking Jesus to heal her through Sister Raquel
just like the many people she saw at the healing center that He healed. Faye
knew she was going to be healed, and her strong faith was contagious, touching
scheduled for an MRI at 4 p.m. one Saturday. Babet had a strange feeling and
decided to go back for the second time to the healing center quickly first
before proceeding to the hospital. There were a lot of people at the center
because it was a healing day. They asked Sister Raquel if it was alright for
them to jump the one-on-one pray-over line as they had to hurry to the hospital.
Sister Raquel readily agreed, and even asked the entire assemblage to pray
together for Faye. Sister Raquel told them to go to the wall fountain and pray
and be sprinkled with its water.
At 2 p.m., Sister Raquel prayed over Faye. At 4 p.m., she underwent MRI. They
were nervous because the doctor asked for the results of the previous CT scan to
compare it with the MRI. There it was, as clear as daylight, the tumor had
vanished into thin air. Babet burst into tears as she recounted that Sister
Raquel said during the pray over that the tumor will disappear. The neurosurgeon
told them to go back to the ophthalmologist, who monitored her eyes. Her
headaches were now less often, and she no longer had blurred vision.
quote Faye’s love letter to Jesus, “Dear God, I am asking your help to
strengthen my faith on You. My mommy said “hingin mo ang tulong ng Diyos lalo na
ngayong may sakit ka” (ask God’s help especially now when you are sick). So, I
need you very much. I wish You can cure my sickness through Sister Raquel. I
promise to give my whole trust and love just for You. I love you. (Signed,
Faye.). Faye’s message to other children goes, “Magtiwala lang kayo dahil walang
imposible sa Diyos.” She wished the Lord would also strengthen their faith and
and Eric express the big change in their lives. For Eric, never had he begun to
pray more often and more intensely. The contagious faith of their daughter
rubbed off on them. Babet says her confidence on the Lord has been so
strengthened that see has no fear any problem they will face in the future
cannot be solved with His help. Babet says they feel so privileged because not
all are given such a blessing. Eric admits he would secretly sob out of sight,
realizing her daughter was so young and had to undergo such a hard operation.
But now their darkness had changed into blinding light. Sister Raquel explains
how good Jesus is, how His mercy overflows the earth, especially for children.
healing story is but one of the many at the wall fountain. Sister Raquel says
there is no need for her to bless the water because it is now blessed by God
Himself through the Blessed Sacrament which is right there in front of the wall
fountain. She explains that it is really water from the side of Jesus, citing
the Biblical story of the Roman soldier Longinus who pierced the side of Jesus
with a lance just to make sure He was dead. “It is the same water that heals”,
says Sister Raquel. And today, there is an avalanche of healings witnessed by
people at the wall fountain.
THE POWER OF HUMILITY
by Bernardo V. Lopez
Published in the Business World Jan. 4, 2007
Under the title ‘To Ateneans and La Sallites’
This is an edited version.
The family of a die-hard
Atenean (alias Louie) had a big problem. The middle child (alias Joey) of five
children was a drug addict. Louie told Joey either he goes to a rehab center or
to Sister Raquel, the healing RVM nun. Joey had no choice. He knew rehabs break
rather than make addicts.
So they all went to the
healing center. Joey first talked alone with Sister Raquel. He poured out his
feelings. He said he wanted to study in La Salle but his die-hard Atenean dad
said La Salle is a 'second class school'. (Dear La Sallites, please don't mind
Louie's bias. Read on.) His dad kept saying "Ateneo tayong lahat, no exception."
Forced into a school he did not want, Joey turned to drugs.
Joey told Sister Raquel, "I
don't want to join the family box". He wanted to 'break his dad's mold', his
pride, to show that "hindi na kami Ateneo lahat".
Sister Raquel replied,
"Congratulations. You are brave enough to change the trend and make your own
choice. Of course, you broke your dad's pride by becoming a drug addict, but
that is temporary. You will get healed. You are the instrument of Jesus to break
your dad's pride. You have shown them that there are more important things than
material honor and prestige. For that, I admire you."
Joey was stunned. For the
first time, someone understood him; he was not castigated but admired; and
someone listened. Joey said, "I want to be different." His dad's dream was for
the children to take over the business. He replied, "I want to be a factory
worker." Louie was so angry, but Joey was defiant, willing to have a fist fight
with his dad if he started it.
He said, "I want to start at
the bottom. I don't want everything given to me on a silver platter. I don't
want to be a manager just because of my dad. I want to take the bus, not be
picked up by the car. I want to struggle to the top, otherwise it is boring and
meaningless. I want to succeed on my own."
Sister Raquel said, "You told
him you wanted to be a factory worker? That is very brave. It is admirable that
you understand what others have a hard time understanding (even for Ateneans and
La Sallites), that prestige and honor are not the goal of life. Experiencing
poor people is the first step in working for and with them. Joey, Jesus has
designed something special for you." For the first time, Joey began to
understand who and what he was.
Louie would plan a trip to
Tagaytay. Everybody had to go, no excuses. It was a family affair. But everyone
was not really there at the lunch table. Everybody was on his or her cellphone.
Joey felt lonely when he was with the family. Once he refused to go to Hongkong
with the family, Louie went into a rage. Joey found companionship among his drug
friends. Drug addicts find comfort in each other from intense loneliness, their
common denominator. Affluence and no-freedom became Joey's misery and drugs his
He was called the 'black
sheep' of the family, but Sister told him even black is beautiful as long as
Jesus is your model. Jesus was also a rebel. He was teaching the importance of
the internal at a time of external rituals of Pharisees.
It was time to call the
family. Joey begged Sister not to leave. He was scared to face them. But when
they came, Joey, poured his heart out to his family for the first time. For the
first time, they all listened in silence. He told them frankly what he told
Sister without leaving any detail.
Louie bowed his head. His wife
noticed that he was hiding tears. Everybody started to cry. It was a catharsis
of an entire family. Louie said Joey was the the best child he had and the best
person he has met in his life. The healing of Joey was nothing compared to the
healing of a proud dad and of the entire family who failed Joey. Joey failed
them too but his failure was because of their failure, and they all knew it.
They all embraced Joey.
Humility is a powerful virtue.
It can move mountains that arrogance cannot. Louie’s arrogance destroyed his son
Joey, but his consequent healing and humility gave Joey rebirth and healing.
Healing the source of the problem heals those affected by the problem.
When they went home, Joey felt
as if a thorn imbedded for so long was taken out of his skin. It was the same
for the entire family. The air at home changed. Humility healed the father and
his family. Now, Joey looked forward to Tagaytay. Joey of course shed off his
drugs instantly. It was no longer a sanctuary from loneliness.