For so many weeks now, the whole country is buzzing about Father Fernando Suarez, a Filipino Catholic priest based in Canada who is visiting Manila. They all said that he is a “healing priest”. Some claimed that he has healed a lot of sick people and just yesterday, there have been talks that a dead person was brought back to life during one of his healing sessions. No wonder he is on every front page of the newspaper and that even celebrities want to see him. Just now on TV, many evangelical groups are criticizing the construction of the Healing Chapel which is headed by the priest and his group. In spite of all these, there were 30,000 people who lined up at a healing session in Paranaque City since 5 this morning. Filipinos are known for being religious so I am not really surprised with the figures. It is a good sign that Fr. Suarez never forgets to mention that God still is the one who heals and that he only serves as the middle man. Does he get anything from all these? Does he received money or ask for donations? I don’t know and I don’t want to ask.
Call me cynical but you can’t blame me for doubting his healing skills. Many have used the name of God for their selfish desires. Take the case of Judiel Nieva. Here is one article about the hoax that happened 19 years ago.
“The Blessed Mother reportedly appeared to Judiel Nieva in Agoo, La Union in 1989. It received great media attention to the extent Jaime Cardinal Sin officiated Mass in the apparition site. However, in the course of time and the test of time, the Nieva family and Judiel himself failed to resist the luster of money in the form of donations. The money supposed to go to building a Church in the apparition site was used for the family’s personal consumption. At the height of this corruption in 1993, the Blessed Virgin Mary left and began to appear to another. In 1995, the Church publicly proclaimed the Agoo Apparitions condemned. Messages dating from 1993 onwards seemed duplicates of messages from other seers. It was also reported that Judiel was seen wearing a lipstick, make –up, and a dress on his 18th birthday. The Church was not able to observe a true change for the better in Judiel Nieva and his family. (from http://allan_rudio.tripod.com/background.html)
Judiel, who was a young boy, is now a woman and an actress. And she now goes by the name of “Angel”. made lots of money and the irony is, in the name of God. If Fr. Suarez can really heal the sick, can make the blind see, can make the deaf hear, and the limpy walk again, trust me, my mom will be taking me there first thing in the morning. But all I heard was claim and hearsays so I guess we need more proof and not just claims and hearsays. I believe in God, and that his miracles are just everywhere, big or small, it happens every time. Let our faith in God heal us from our sickness and weakness. If God will send his messengers, I doubt He will ask him to build Healing Chapels or Grotto to pay him tribute but instead ask them to give to the poor, heal the sick and the dying … all for free. God gave us every thing we see we feel and even his Son for free, so why not give your services to the people for free?