December 1, 2018

The Boy From The Marketplace

The following story was told by Fr. Joseph, a priest from India, on September 8, 2018, at a parish church in Manning, S.C. called Our Lady of Hope.

Once, back in India, a boy who was 17-18 years old had come home from school. He had completed his studies to be a teacher and was given 10 days off to prepare for his final exam. While in the marketplace, he was suddenly struck dumb and could not speak. All his studies had been rendered a waste. He could no longer teach any of the children for whom he had wished to devote his life.

Wanting to help, I decided to pay a trip he could take. There was a priest known for having the gift of healing known as Fr. Ju. Perhaps he could help the boy.

That night, however, I could not sleep. I was troubled by questions about myself. “Why am I a priest?” kept going through my head.

In the morning, I sent for the boy. The whole poor, little village came to watch as I prayed for him in our church. An entire hour passed. Nothing happened.

Perhaps in some degree of desperation or with new fervor, I prayed to the Tabernacle, “so that they may know You are here; please help this boy so that they may know You are here.”

Then, I dipped a Host in holy water and gave it to the boy. He received it and drank the holy water.

Immediately, he was cured.

Fr. Joe told this story to illustrate a reading from the Mass that day. It was from Isiah, chapter 35:

Thus says the LORD:
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared.


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