THE VISIONARY AND HEALER, SISTER Raquel Reodica, RVM, says she has received divine messages to the world that in the last few months came in the form of mysterious pools of healing oil.
First, the nun says the oil which appeared arranged in nine lines, refers to nine years (2009 to 2018) that the Lord is giving mankind to change its ways. This is a deadline, she says.
Second, Sister Raquel speaks of the urgency for the rich, comprising 3 percent of the country?s population, to give to the 70 percent who are poor. This virtue of sharing is not an option, it is an obligation, she says.
Sister Raquel says the Lord is not requesting but demanding that everyone 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.?
Third, Sister Raquel cites the third secret of the miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, mentioning a ?global earthquake? occurring worldwide simultaneously if man does not change his ways. Her aim is not to sow panic but to sow prayer, she says.
(The three secrets of Fatima consist of a series of visions and prophecies given during the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Details of the first two secrets have been revealed. These were said to have foretold information surrounding the two World Wars and the fall of Soviet communism. It took decades for the Church to reveal the third secret for fear the harsh predictions would sow panic. )
Fourth, Sister Raquel speaks of the power of prayer to avert disasters. Disasters are ?negotiable,? she said. We can bargain with prayer and good deeds. She cites how the Lord spared the affluent city of Nineveh because it repented of its decadent ways. She cites also how the Lord would have spared Sodom and Gomorrah if one holy person had been found there. Alas, the cities were burned to the ground.
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 the time, the residents were praying the rosary.
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 Raquel says this means the Visayas could be spared because the Lord is pleased.
Sister Raquel received her gift of healing in 1991, a week after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, whose effects reached all the way to the Antarctic. A US global-warming research station there said the effect of the eruption was so immense that there was a momentary cooling of the Earth.
During that week, a woman Sister Raquel had never met, approached her and, claiming to see visions, told her she would eventually receive a second gift, the gift of prophecy. Sister Raquel found the notion preposterous, and then scary.
In September 2009, almost two decades later, this gift of prophecy began to manifest itself during an equally deadly period of disasters for the country?the three consecutive typhoons, ?Ondoy,? ?Pepeng? and ?Ramil? which killed 956 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
On Sept. 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 it for healing.
There were dramatic cases of instant healings. For instance, Edwin Reyes, afflicted with a brain tumor, within days, stood from his wheelchair and started jumping and dancing. This which was caught on camera (see YouTube video part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlREzytKuSg and backgrounder part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owykGkNCpIg).
When Typhoon Ramil threatened Ilocos a few weeks after Ondoy, Sister Raquel and the chaplain Father Teofilo fell on their knees in prayer, pleading to the Lord to spare the Philippines. Curiously, two high-pressure areas sandwiched Ramil, which weakened into a tropical depression and veered towards Taiwan. (Actually, a more powerful Pepeng had followed Ondoy, before Ramil, bringing even more devastation to Northern and Central Luzon?Ed.)
During the Pinatubo eruption, the situation was exactly the same. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that a second eruption was imminent. Sister Raquel and a handful of RVM nuns prayed for the Lord to spare the Philippines. That second eruption never occurred.
Skeptics, of course, argued it was not prayer, just nature. But others believe prayers preempted 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?
On Nov. 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 (see link http://www.sisterraquel.com/2009/12/poster37-40-my?healing-centerposter37-40-mysterious-oil-and-cloud-at-healing-center/ ).
Basis of messages
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 finds hard to describe.
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 the newspapers, an exact date given by a woman who frequented the healing center was erroneously attributed to her. When no earthquake came on the date given, Sister Raquel was criticized. Her published reply was too late, the damage was done. Today, she is willing to take the risk of being criticized because she says the Lord wants these messages conveyed.
Sister Raquel stressed 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.