SISTER RAQUEL, CANCER HEALER FOR THE LORD
A History of Sister Raquel’s Gift of Healing
my thoughts are not your thoughts
my ways are not your ways
as high as the heavens are above the earth
so are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts
for just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
and do not return until they have watered the earth
making it fertile and fruitful
to give seed to him who sows and bread to him who
so shall My Word
Back in June
1991, right after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, when Sister Maria Raquel Reodica,
RVM, did not have healing powers yet, a Filipino woman, a visionary, approached
her. The visionary said that she will soon receive healing power from the Lord.
Sister Raquel brushed off the idea with a laugh. She said who was she to get
such a gift. Whether the visionary's words were true or not is not the
contention of this book. This book merely recounts a story told by Sister Raquel
herself. It is up to the reader to believe the words of the visionary or not.
instructed her to go to Poong Bato (literally 'the Lord made of rock'), a
remote village at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo in the province of Zambales. There,
the visionary said Sister Raquel was supposed to pray to Our Lady and 'pick her
up'. In Poong Bato, a six-foot statue of Our Lady made of cement fell to the
ground, half buried in ash because of the violent Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Twenty
odd men tried to put the statue upright but they could not. The statue was just
Raquel finally went to Poong Bato, she prayed to Our Lady for guidance
concerning the words of the visionary. She was thinking what the visionary
meant when she said she was supposed to 'pick up Our Lady'. After prayer, she
was able to gather 10 men to try once more to put the statue upright. They said
they might not be able to do so because, earlier, 20 men failed. She insisted
anyway and the men were shocked when 10 of them could do what 20 men earlier
could not. A military helicopter was requested by the local government to move
the statue to higher ground. The pilot scratched his head, saying the helicopter
was not powerful enough to lift such a heavy cement statue. Evreyone asked him
anyway to try. So he did. Like a feather, the helicopter lifted the statue with
ease. The pilot later reported that he was surprised that the helicopter
instruments registered that the statue had a weight of ‘zero’. This author could
not verify the story from the pilot himself, and simply reports this story as
told by the local government and by Sister Raquel. And so Sister Raquel did
'pick up' Our Lady there. The statue was eventually named Ina Poong Bato,
or Mother Poong Bato. A replica stands at the Manila Cathedral today, and
another at the Mother Ignacia Healing Center, donated by the local government.
believes that it was at Poong Bato that she received her healing power. For in a
few days, the Lord was able to heal the sick through her hands. In fact, she
told the story of how she prayed to stop a second eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.
Refer to Chapter 16.
It is hard to
take the word of an unknown and self-proclaimed visionary casually because he or
she may be an instrument of the devil rather than the Lord. Who are we to know?
One has to be extremely careful. As of this writing, there were about eight
visionaries who have talked to Sister Raquel.
In all cases,
their predictions were considered but there was always room for doubt. For
Sister Raquel, they may or may not happen. She believes strongly that the hand
of the Lord is her final and absolute guide in all these. It is His will which
will finally prevail, not the words of visionaries. So let it be, she says. If
she is an instrument of the Lord, the Lord will make ways to make it so in His
time and in His way. So Sister Raquel is never worried, even though she proceeds
always with caution.
A French lady
came from Paris, looked everywhere for her for a whole month, and found her
'accidentally' at the RVM headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City. She said Sister
Raquel would one day be involved in 'global evangelization', whatever that
meant. Another visionary predicted that one day she would receive the gift of
The hundreds of
stories of Sister Raquel is now available in the e-book ‘Healing Stories of
Sister Raquel’ (which you can obtain from this website, refer to DOWNLOADS).
Sister Raquel's healing power is perhaps related to a cataclysm, namely the
eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. And the gift of prophecy, if it will indeed be hers,
may be a third eye to see future cataclysms in order to give a message to
Mankind, the same message of the Bible throughout the Old and New Testaments,
the same message of all the Marian apparitions of 450 years or almost half a
millennium, from Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico in 1531 to Our Lady of Medjugorje,
Yugoslavia in 1981.
This message is
really so short and so simple, a child cannot miss it, namely, pray, return to
the Lord, repent from sins in order to receive His blessings and avoid His wrath
and punishment. Cataclysms were in many biblical events as much as they are
today, just like Pinatubo. It is really the combination of the theology of fear
and love, of punishment and salvation. Since the time of Abraham and Moses, this
message has always be the same. It is also the message of the healings of Sister
Raquel. Every terminal cancer she heals has the same message as the Bible,
return to the Lord and be blessed. Healing is a product of conversion, of
returning to the Lord.
And so, after
Pinatubo, Sister Raquel was swept into a whirlwind of healing beyond her
imagination. The Lord has healed thousands, many of terminal diseases, cancer
of the brain, breast, bone, leukemia, lupus, even leprosy through the hands of
Sister Raquel. The Lord has healed the blind and the deaf through her
intercession. It is their stories, not Sister Raquel's. The stories in this book
are simply their testimonies.
After her first
healings, her fame spread like wildfire. She conducted healing missions in 10
countries around the world in the next four years, Spain, France, Taiwan,
Thailand, Hongkong, Italy, Canada, United States, Japan, and England. In 1992,
she covered five countries in three months. Her second and third trips were in
1993 and 1995. Filipinos from California to New York flocked to her.
She was swept
into the violent vortex of media coverage, interviewed by radio, television,
and the press. Thousands came to her for help. She was offered her own radio and
television program, but she refused, not knowing if she was ready for such a
After a few
years, the frenzy died down. After the storm was the lull. Sister Raquel settled
in a quiet remote place. She became the superior of the RVM-run Mother
Ignacia Retreat House in Novaliches, Caloocan City. Occasionally, some
people came for healing, but the storm had left and the big crowds had vanished.
On September 8,
2000, on the birthday of Our Lady, an article written by the author of this book
was published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, entitled You can see
forever, in Pilipino, Tanaw mo ang walang hanggan, which is the story
of Chapter One in this book.
article came out, the second storm in Sister's life came. Like a deluge after
the drought, many came to Sister Raquel once more, some from as far as Davao and
Taipei. When the article came out, the telephone rang the whole day. Suddenly,
the big crowds came to the once-quiet Novaliches retreat house.
The focus of
this book is not so much on Sister Raquel but on her healings as the hand of
the Lord. Her hands, as she explains, are not hers but the Lord's. This book is
about the Lord, who is called 'the hound of heaven', not so much about Sister
Raquel. His voice echoes through the wilderness, through the dark dungeons of
human life, seeking souls for salvation, which are lost in the spiritual
wastelands of modern civilization. This book is a collection of published
articles on the healings of Sister Raquel, and the testimonies of those who
Searching for God’s Will
When Sr. Raquel
Reodica, RVM received her gift of healing, there were two big hurdles before she
would accept the gift. First, is the gift really from the Lord? Second, would
the Church approve of it? In a span of days, the two hurdles would be bridged.
It took the Church 20 long years to approve the Fatima miracles. Why was the
Lord in a hurry to heal the world through Sister Raquel?
First is the
hurdle - is the gift really from the Lord? The gnawing question echoed in her
mind - has the Lord indeed chosen her? How would she know?
A rich French
woman visionary named Caroline came up to Sister Raquel two weeks after the Mt.
Pinatubo eruption, "I have been looking for you for so long. At last, I have
was startled, "Who me? Why?"
"Jesus told me
to look for you and give you His message."
the woman carefully. She did not look crazy, and seemed normal in spite of her
seemingly ridiculous statement. She was ready to dismiss her as she was tired,
but out of curiosity, she asked what the message was. The woman said the Lord
has chosen her to have the power to heal in His name.
"How do you know
all this?", she asked.
replied, "He told me. I am only a messenger. He will give you a sign so you will
have no doubt whatsoever."
For three hours,
the woman related her story, months of searching through Africa. She stumbled
into the Philippines. By accident, she ended up in the RVM convent in Ilocos.
They sent her to the headquarters in N. Domingo. She was on verge of giving up,
until Sister Raquel arrived. Caroline knew instantly somehow and without doubt
it was her in her vision.
there may be some truth to the vision, in spite of her skepticism, Sister Raquel
did the only thing she knew. She went to the RVM Mother General and asked what
was she to do. The Mother General said, "Go ahead. Try it. If it is not the
Lord, we will find out. If you cannot heal even a toothache, then it is all a
farce. But then if you can, we will know for sure, right?"
admired the wisdom of the Mother General. To believe or not was not important at
that moment. The task was to find out. So let it be. There was no need to
speculate, just bow in obedience.
Sister went to
the garden to meditate, saying, "Lord are you there?" She felt a strong presence
to her right. It was His silent reply that indeed He was there.
"What do I do?
Am I to be Your healer? What is your agenda? Suppose You are not God and I
promote you, what happens to me?" The question was logical and challenging.
the reply that came in the deafening silence, "Go ahead, heal in My name."
how most of the prophets in the Old Testaments refused the call but they had no
choice if they were chosen. Suppose she was indeed chosen. She asked, "Are You
telling me the same thing You told all those prophets? Why me? Why not the
Cardinal or Mother General or the Carmelites? Why me?"
Sister knew the
answer in her heart. She just had to obey the Mother General who said, like the
Lord in silence, "Go ahead. Try it out."
The chance to
prove if Caroline's message was true came like a lightning bolt. That very
evening, one of the RVM sisters in her staff from Cebu suddenly appeared. She
was in extreme pain and the Mother General told her to go to the hospital after
she reported to Sister Raquel. And so she went ot Sister Raquel.
asked, "Lord, is this it?"
She told the
sick nun to stand before the statue of the Sacred Heart and close her eyes.
Sister Raquel prayed, "Lord, here are my hands. They are now your instruments."
touched the nun on the forehead and on every part of her body which was in pain.
The nun jerked when she touched her lower spine, complaining how hot her hands
were. All her pains vanished instantly. In her excitement, the sick nun told the
Mother General, who said she did not have to go to the hospital, and to keep the
incident a secret.
Jesus told a
leper not to tell others that he was healed. Like the leper, the nun told
everyone anyway. The news spread like wildfire. Every sick RVM nun came to
Sister Raquel. From then on, the whirlwind began. Her world changed instantly
and profoundly. Within two years, she would circle the world many times in
healing missions, China, Japan, Spain, California.
Today, 15 years
after, she wants to hear from Caroline but she never replied to her letters.
Caroline, if you will somehow read this in the Internet, please come and visit
hurdle was - would the Church approve. For Sister Raquel, who knew the history
of the Church and the turmoils surrounding Fatima, Lourdes, and Medjugorje, she
was scared of this second hurdle. In these three cases, archbishops and
cardinals became the hurdles by playing devil's advocate, which was their role.
For they would not risk the Church endorsing a farce.
So the day of reckoning came. A month
after she received the gift of healing, when the news had spread like wildfire,
the late Cardinal Sin invited her for breakfast. His car picked her up, which
made her more nervous. Was the Cardinal angry at her that he was not informed of
her healing activities?
was nervous when Cardinal Sin invited her for breakfast. She asked herself, "If
the Cardinal says he does not believe in my gift of healing, what will I answer
him? Perhaps I should say, whatever you say, Cardinal. No problem. If he says I
should stop, I will stop in obedience. No problem." Sister Raquel prepared
herself with all sorts of answers to all sorts of imagined questions. She was
afraid that the Cardinal was angry that she did not tell him about her healing
activities, if the Church approved of them. But the fact that she had the go
signal from the Mother Superior comforted her. Still, this was the Cardinal, the
highest Church official in the nation, to whom her congregation was beholden as
the agent of the Pope.
greeted her with his famous smile as wide as the Cagayan River. Instantly,
Sister Raquel’s fears vanished, but still some apprehension remained. The
Cardinal told her to go to the dining area for breakfast. There, he was greeted
by a host of priests asking her to heal them after breakfast.
breakfast, she sat down with the Cardinal who said, "I have heard you are into
healing." Sister nodded her head nervously.
"Let us go into
the chapel. My shoulders are heavy and painful. Be kind enough to heal me."
Let me put it
without drama. In a few minutes, all the pain vanished, and Cardinal Sin said,
"I give you my blessing to heal in Jesus' name."
And so what took
the Fatima miracles 20 years to bridge ecclesiastical hurdles, Sister Raquel
took a month. With the two hurdles bridged, the first - was it really a gift
from the Lord (part one), and the second - does the Church approve, Sister
Raquel was ready for the world.
But why did it
seem the Lord was in so much hurry to get Sister Raquel going in her healing
ministry? Is it perhaps because of our era of many disasters due to Man's sins?
Is the Lord in panic to make people pray and return to Him, otherwise there will
be more, tsunamis, bird flu, hurricanes? Is it Agape, God's love for sinful Man
who will be the object of His wrath if he does return to His fold?
Raquel would have the gift to talk to nature. When she prayed for Mt. Pinatubo
to not erupt once more, which the late Punongbayan predicted, the high
temperature and steam at the crater suddenly vanished. When she ordered a
super-typhoon to make a detour, suddenly it did. This was featured in many news
reports. When she prayed for SARS to go away in a global telecast with Julie Yap
Daza, Time Magazine reported two weeks after that SARS suddenly and mysteriously
vanished as fast as it emerged. Skeptics doubt if all these could be attributed
to a lowly Filipino nun in prayer. But the thousands who have been healed in the
last 15 years believe she has the power to talk to nature as much as she has the
power to heal them.
story of her gift of healing, Sister Raquel says that it is so easy to reconcile
the will of Man to the will of God. All Man has to do is surrender himself
totally and God will do everything. This does not mean Man will simply sit there
waiting for God’s hand. He must also act, but his movement must search for the
will of God. That is the only way God can work wonders. He cannot act if Man’s
will resists. They must work in tandem.