Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Faith healers traced to long lost civilization
Descendants 'from a legendary civilization'Faith-healing priest Ramon Manalo of Batangas attempts to heal a parishioner with a throat ailment (photo: Mateo Mendoza)
- Lyn Ramo, Dagupan City
- February 7, 2012
Jaime T. Licauco, a parapsychologist, claims that the province of Pangasinan and the central Luzon area were once the center of a fabled land called Lemuria.
The Lemurians were believed to have had highly developed spirituality and telepathic powers. "This might explain why there are so many psychics and faith healers in the region,â he says. âThe Filipinosâ spirituality and their strong telepathy are a remnant of our Lemurian ancestry."
Licauco, the author of books The Truth Behind Faith Healing in the PhilippinesÂ and Jun Labo: A Philippine Healing PhenomenonÂ has been studying the subject since the 1970s.
âThe faith healers in Pangasinan are still actively but silently practising their craft,â he says, Â âhealing people without medicines and even operating on patients with bare hands, which amazes me.â
He believes that âthe spread of Christianity has not curtailed their activities. In fact it has even absorbed some of them, as is evident in fiesta celebrations and religious rites in towns and cities now.â
He has volunteered to take part in an ongoing project to rewrite Pangasinan history, to ensure that historical accounts of faith healing and paranormal activities are not overlooked.
âAlthough there is no historical or physical evidence of the existence of Lemuria, it remains a fascinating legend, like Atlantis,â he says.
âAtlantis supposedly occupied almost half the known world at that time, including huge tracts of land surrounding the Pacific Ocean.â
By the same token, in one of his writings, Licauco contends that the whole of Asia was at one time part of Lemuria.
Licauco, a former Catholic catechist, says the Pope believes in what his group is doing and the Church subtly recognizes paranormal science and parapsychology, although he does not deny that Western medicine does not acknowledge the validity of faith healing.