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LIMBAHAU, Papar – Since the Door of Mercy in Holy Rosary Limbahau parish opened on 13 Dec 2015, the church has been continuously receiving pilgrims, not only from Papar but also from outside the area. So far about 50 groups have come either in family groups or church groups.
Parish priest Fr Thomas Yip and his assistant, Fr Jalius Sading have been encouraging the church leaders, families and KKD to visit the Holy Door as one of their programmes throughout the Holy Year of Mercy. Through the pilgrimages and the pastors’ encouragement, the parish has experienced spiritual growth. More people are coming to church services, not only in the main parish but also in the outstation chapels.
Parishioner Mariana Augustine shared her amazing experience of healing through her pilgrimage.
On 27 Dec 2015, it was her team’s first task to guide a group of pilgrim family from KUK St Samuel Kawari Chapel. She said:
Outside the Holy Door, we began the ceremony for entrance and passing through the Holy Door by reading from the Scriptures and kneeling in contemplation. Then we prayed the prayer to enter the Holy Door. Before entering we knocked three times accompanied with a silent personal prayer. When I opened the Holy Door of Mercy, I saw a vision of a dark ‘stone cave.’ With divine leading and without hesitation, I entered the ‘cave.’ It was a short vision. It was like a dream but I was indeed inside the Church.
For few days, I pondered on the extraordinary vision, “What could it mean?” I sensed the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit – “Bring your family to visit the Door of Mercy.” Fortunately it was a school holiday, so I obeyed and arranged a day for all of us to go to Holy Rosary Church.
On 30 Dec 2015 at 7:30 am, we gathered at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, located not far from the Church. The pilgrimage was led by another team and everything was completed in 45 minutes.
Suddenly, my second child told me, “Mom, a miracle has happened! I am healed. I feel my body light, mom!” I looked at my son sitting on a wheelchair, thinking that he was joking. I smiled, hoping for that miracle too.
My son met with a terrible accident last November. His right finger was crushed and since has been implanted with a metal, and so also his right thigh. The doctor said he has to be on a wheelchair for 3 months before he could learn to use the crutch.
On 5 Jan 2016 we went to hospital for x-ray followed by a review the next day. The doctor was surprised to see the result of the x-ray and wondered how it healed so fast in just 50 days. Today my son can walk without the wheelchair and the crutch.
My whole family is very grateful for such a visible witness of the Mercy of God. With this grace of God, I recognise the God who is described in Psalm 103:3-4 “who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion”.
Therefore, let us open our eyes to see the love of God poured out for us. Take the opportunity to visit any designated Door of Mercy in order for us to experience the fullness of the Mercy of God, at the same time, carry out His Spiritual Works of Mercy and Corporal Works of Mercy.
For those who are planning to visit the Holy Door in Holy Rosary Limbahau, please call the office (088-913773) or Mary Merrion (019-296594). – Mariana Augustine/Holy Rosary Church Limbahau