KOHIMA, (C.M. Paul) – The Relics of St JohnBosco has allegedly left a miracle trail in Kohima. The relics which reached Nagaland (4th May) from Manipur received a colourful welcome with students dressed up in traditional attires.
The Angami Catholic Union provided a motorcade escort to the relics in the Angami area. “They had over 100 vehicles including cars, jeeps and motor cycles forming a motorcade for Don Bosco,” says Rector of Don Bosco School Kohima Fr Dennis.
Professor of English Literature at Kohima University Salesian Fr. A.J. Sebastian, a diabetic patient for some 15 years, claims to have experienced healing during the prayer vigil with Don Bosco Relics at the Christ the King Parish Kohima, 5th May.
“I feel completely normal these days,” says Fr Sebastian Alevanthara giving testimony at Sunday Mass on third day of healing. “I still continue to check my sugar level,” he said affirming his belief in the miracle.
The Rector of Salesian College Dimapur Fr Vincent Kunnathetttu reports some extra ordinary happenings connected with the relics of Don Bosco at Christ King Parish Kohima. He was in Kohima to pay homage to the relics.
“People are reporting extraordinary happenings they captured on mobile phone camera during the relics veneration after the solemn Eucharist at the Christ the King Parish, says assistant parish priest Fr Job Kallarackal.
In one photo is seen the figure of a lady in blue dress in the sanctuary watching over Don Bosco Relics (taken by Don Bosco Kohima, 17 year old boy Nelson Nourhevilie). It is strange that a lady is seen in the sanctuary when no one is allowed to enter sanctuary,” says veteran missionary Fr Kallarackal.
Almost at the same time another Don Bosco Kohima boy Kevin Kevilhousalie, (18 years) taking photos from another angle captured the same image of the lady in blue in the sanctuary! The lady seen walking toward the altar in the photo does not resemble Our Lady Mary Help of Christians also seen in the photo, instead the lady in the photo looks more like Our Lady Mary Immaculate.
Nelson’s camera also captured a something like a Jesus face on the wall across the relic casket.
Another photo taken by Nevi a Jesus Youth boy shows a male figure [Jesus look alike] standing at the head of Don Bosco Relics never seen before in KohimaVillage.
Fr Kunnathettu vouches, “the photos are not manipulated. I got the pictures from the mobile [which shot it].
In a fifth extraordinary photo, Don Bosco’s hand is seen raised in blessing, even though Don Bosco’s hands remain joined and resting on his chest. Shot by Silvia, a Bethany Sister of Christ King Parish, the photo when printed did not show raised hand even though it is clearly visible on mobile screen!
“I came into the picture two days later on 7th May morning. I had the photos printed in enlarged size for study. The only claim I rejected was that of Don Bosco’s right hand which is clearly seen on mobile screen in the act of blessing, but did not appear so in the printed photo. All other claims can be seen clearly in the printed photos too.
On Sunday we had extensive discussions and study of the photos, while on Monday (9 May) I took it to the Vicar General (Kohima diocese does not have a bishop for over a year). The VG took time to study and gave rational interpretations and came to the conclusion, “let it go, if it can increase people’s faith.”
“People were emotionally and spiritually moved with the relics pilgrimage. We had prepared the people through catechetical instruction on the meaning of relics and its significance in Christian life,” said Fr Kallarackal explaining the high degree of receptivity and devotion among the people.
Meanwhile, on May 6, after a morning Eucharist at ChristKingChurchKohimaVillage, the relics left for Savio Home, Zubza and later for Wokha (Nagaland) 7th May. From there the relics proceeded to Don Bosco Amguri in Sibsagar district of Assam. En route, at the insistence of the parish priest of Woka, Golaghat district (Assam) Fr Caesar Henry, Don Bosco Relics made a stop over. During the brief stay at the diocesan parish, the charismatic preacher Fr Caesar Henry organized a solemn Eucharistic celebration followed by healing service. Over 6,000 mostly local Adivasi people (also non-Catholic) joined the event, “ says Fr. Theotimus Lakra of Don Bosco Youth Centre Kohima.
Fr. Caesar Henry adds, “it is true that some people were healed of their sickness but the authenticity is yet to be confirmed. But greater miracle is that, before [my] parish had little progress, after the relics visit their faith is revived.” For EXTRAORDINARY reports from other countries pls click this link: http://cmpaul.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/hand-of-don-bosco-leaves-miracle-trail-in-thailand/