Fr. Suarez Healing Ministry Draws Record Numbers
The blind see. The deaf hear. The lame walk.
The healings are not from the ancient gospel passage of more than 2,000 years ago, but real events that were being witnessed by an overflow crowd of people who packed the Good Shepherd Church in Mira Mesa, San Diego on Tuesday night, May 20, 2008.
According to church ushers, there were about 1,300 people behind church doors and an equal number outside the church waiting for their turn to be touched by the healing priest Fr. Fernando Suarez of the Companions of the Cross Healing Ministry.
The crowd started to trickle in about 11:30 a.m that morning for the 7:00 p.m. service. All waited patiently for the doors to open at 4:00 p.m. As the lines continued to grow and the doors opened for the crowd that had milled outside, a few got on cell phones telling friends and relatives to catch the service even though it was past 10:00 pm. It was the final visit for the popular healing priest in San Diego. Fr. Fernando’s schedule (www.fatherfernando.com) is booked months and years ahead.
The Mass and Eucharistic healing service was the second of two events. The first was held the previous night at St. Michaels in Paradise Hills beginning at 6:00 pm and finally finishing after 1:00 am the next morning.
The true healer
Fr. Jeff Shannon, who travels with Fr. Fernando in his healing ministry around the globe is quick to give credit for the miracles to Christ. “Jesus is the healer! Amen?!” he prodded the audience. “Jesus is the one who heals! You are already here. Many of you have already been touched. Many have been healed. Jesus has touched you!”
He also points out the reason why the Mass is said beforehand. “This is the only time Fr. Fernando heals, after the Mass because he wants you to know that Jesus is the one who is healing, not him! He is only an instrument whom God uses. Powerful instrument, but an instrument. So, it’s good to hear the answer in your heart.”
Fr. Jeff asked the crowd to reflect on their petitions for healing as each one waited for their turn. “What do you want healing for? Be specific. Because when you are healed, you know it is God who has healed you. When you come forward just imagine it is Jesus Himself who touches you. It is the gift of touch Fr. Fernando was given. He just touches the people and they are healed....