August 11, 2009 – Feast of St. Clare
Nancy went up New England to attend one of Fr. Ralph Diorio’s healing Mass. She was sad to know that he was unable to attend due to the fact that he had collapsed that past Sunday from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Yet her sadness was soon to turn into joy, for at the moment a basket full of petitions written by the faithful was brought up to the Altar at the moment of the offertory at the Mass, suddenly behind the Altar, Nancy saw Jesus appear behind the Altar and to her amazement, He exposed to her His Most Sacred Heart. It was a rare vision. Rare indeed have been the times that Christ exposes His Sacred Heart to her, but today he did so at that healing Mass. So awestruck was she by this singular experience that she could not help but talk about it over and over again.
What could this mean? Does it mean that she was healed or would be healed? She doesn’t know, but only time will tell. Another person who was traveling with Nancy did experience an unexpected healing. At first, he didn’ t want to go, but then changed his mind at the last minute and decided to go. It was a hot day in Sturbridge and the temperature was rising even more in the confined area of the Parish Center of St. Anne’s Shrine. In such a heat condition, the migraine of that person was starting to kick in. After having heard the powerful testimonies of people that have been healed by God through Fr. Diorio’s healing Mass, he decided to pray to God for a healing. Suddenly he experienced a heat sensation from his head to his toe. His migraine was gone and he knew he had experienced a healing. Praised be Jesus!
There was also a lady in a wheel chair sitting right next to Nancy. Nancy saw a heavenly light settle in front of her. After the Mass, she turned to the invalid woman and said, “Please keep this to yourself, but I saw a beautiful light stand in front of you.” The handicapped woman didn’t say anything, but by reaching for Nancy’s hand and squeezing it gently, she was already saying everything; she was obviously grateful for the assuring and comforting words. How beautiful is God in His chosen ones, for even though the visionary herself was ill, she did not fail to comfort others in their pain when it called for it. Remember the words of St. Paul from his 2nd letter to the Corinthians 1:3-5
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. Who comforts us in all our tribulation; that we also may be able to comfort those who are in all distress, by the exhortation with which we also are exhorted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us: so also by Christ does our comfort abound.
During the healing Mass, Nancy prayed for all families, especially those who are troubled, particularly for those who are selfish. As soon as she said this prayer, a beam of gold light shone from above. God was hearing her prayers and by means of his light, He was showing her that He is always present and hears all prayers. As always, during the Mass, the Priest who was celebrating was embraced by the Light of Christ.
Almighty Father, let your light soak deeply into our minds.
Stepping forward in the light of your commandments,
may we follow you always, our leader and our guide.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
–From the Liturgy of the Hours (Breviary)