Vassula in Canada, Indonesia and Philippines
January 4-15, 1997
Vassula and Father O'Carroll concluded 1996 with a very busy
period during the months of November and December in the
USA and Canada. Vassula called it a 'marathon'. In fact, it
included 23 meetings in 28 days in eighteen states and
provinces. But the Sacred Heart made it clear to her that this
long and strenuous journey came from His Divine Will, and to
encourage Vassula, Jesus said to her: "Let My Yoke be light on you and not burden you, My little one, and you will have no trace of fatigue, for this too is My Will! Glorify Me and pursue the path I have traced for you, renouncing yourself into My Hands. I, Jesus, bless you and all your undertakings".
God Asks for More Sacrifices
Vassula explained that she felt that because of the greatness of the love the Sacred Heart
has for us, He was asking her to offer more sacrifices, in fact, to offer her life as a
sacrifice to bring souls to Him. Explaining to her the dreadful situation of the world, He
said: 'Ah, Vassula, there are countless souls out there in the world who are dying, and My
Heart pains Me, and I am distraught at the sight of these dying souls .... Vassula are you
willing to offer Me more sacrifices to bring those souls home? yes, in My Sacred
With these divine words giving her His blessing, the Sacred Heart sent her out to witness to
His Love. During their journey, Jesus did not diminish his encouraging words to Vassula and
Father O'Carroll. Ever so near, and ever so gently, His words were an uplifting source to
both of them 'I am pleased with you,' one message said, 'Love loves you, and reassures you
When January, 1997 came, Vassula continued her 'marathon' mission, beginning in Prince
George, B.C., in Canada and continuing from there to Indonesia and the Philippines. Fr
O'Carroll, who had accompanied her during the journey through the United States, was badly
in need of a rest as a result of the demanding schedule. Vassula was wondering if she would
have to travel alone, when suddenly the Lord said to her: 'You are not to go on your own; I
will be sending you for this journey a brother. He will be your companion in those
meetings..... And that is what He did. When Vassula is on a mission, Jesus does not want her
to travel on her own. But that is not surprising, because even with His own disciples, He
sent them two by two. At one moment there was a slight temptation to send Vassula alone to
Canada and then meet Fr. "X" only in Jakarta. As this was being planned by the organizers
with Vassula's consent, Jesus intervened again,
but this time to rebuke her for disobeying this command to her. His words were 'Have you not
heard that obedience to God comes before obedience to men?' Then His words fell on her like
thunder: 'What have you done, My child!'
Vassula Asks Forgiveness
When she heard these words, God gave her a light of understanding that He has used these
words once before; when the message was over, He made her look in Genesis 4 : 10. To her
horror, she read those same words, word for word, when God had asked Cain, after he had
killed his brother: 'What have you done?' But Jesus, who corrects, never crushes the soul;
His message continued: '. . . you are worth nothing in front of My Glory, and before My
Saints, yet, when you are in my bosom, you are hidden in
Me, you are in the One who justifies sinners, then, your soul, puny little creature, is
considered as justified because of Me. This was one of your falls, but, however grave your
sin was, grace now will be even greater since you have realized what you have done and have
come to me to ask My forgiveness; now you are alive again, not by your own power, but by My
Power... ' Vassula, having realized her mistake rushed to Jesus, imploring Him to forgive
Vassula always says about the Lord: 'The Lord never fails me.' This is how He directed Fr
James to join her for this journey. He 'happened' to be in Europe, where he was attending a
meeting but was available any time. In that way they were able to cover the round-the-world
mission of January 1997.
Old Friends Meet again in Vancouver>
Since the first stop in the journey was the city of Prince George in Canada, Vassula invited
David Huxley, a
Canadian Anglican who also lives in that same province, just an hour away by plane. He was
one of the first witnesses of Vassula's mission when she lived in Bangladesh since he lived
there at the same time and had read the writings while living in Dhaka. He readily agreed to
come to give his witness in Prince George. In fact, he has known both Vassula and Fr. "X"
since the very first days of True Life in God. He regularly attended the Sunday Mass
in Bangladesh and sang in the choir as well. He left Bangladesh to return home about the
same time that Vassula left.
So it happened that the three of us met at Vancouver airport after ten years! The trip for
Vassula and Fr. "X" was just the beginning of an arduous journey. On 3rd January we had
left from Geneva. After about 14 hours of flying time, we had reached our destination in
Prince George. A group of organizers was there at the airport to greet us, including Mr
Gerry Zook, an Orthodox from the area. The weather was cold (-8 C), and there was plenty of
Two-day Conference with Many Clergy
The next day, Saturday, a two-day conference began in which Vassula was the main speaker.
Besides Vassula, Dr J Bisonette had been invited to speak on 'The Trinity and True Life in
God'. The attendance was an ecumenical mixture of Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox.
clergymen, there was also a Greek Orthodox priest who had been gaoled several years in Uganda.
In Vassula's presentation, she read out passages given to her by Jesus on Our Lady's Heart.
attendance was small compared to a typical conference on True Life in God, but those in
attendance were unusual due to the number of clergymen and prayer group leaders. David
Huxley gave his testimony about the early days of Vassula's calling in Bangladesh.
When Vassula had completed her testimony, she led a healing service that had been requested
by the organizers. The service followed the pattern that has now become usual. She made use
of her crucifix, which contains a certified relic of the true cross. When she imposed the
crucifix on the foreheads of the participants, quite a number of persons rested in the
spirit, falling down on their backs. One young man even experienced elements of Christ's
passion. On November 9, 1994, the Holy Spirit had given Vassula a message saying that He
would teach her to pray over people so that they fall in His 'Embrace'. It had to be
in God's time, and so everything started only in September 1996, when Vassula was asked to
have a healing service.
Protestant Clergyman Accepts Our Lady's Role
Afterwards, Mr Zook had arranged a private meeting of Vassula with several Protestant
clergymen. The conversation centred very much on the messages she had read on the Blessed
Virgin, and her comments were very favourably received. One Protestant pastor mentioned that
he was pleased with what he had heard about Our Blessed Mother because it was clear in Our
Lady's message that she was trying to lead people to her Son, and this pleased them a lot.
On Sunday, 5th January, Vassula was invited again to
give a brief talk, especially since there were some young people in attendance who had been
absent the previous day. Another healing session was held, and many rested in the Spirit.
One young man received the grace of seeing Our Blessed Mother's form in the place of
Vassula, a phenomenon that happens very often in her meetings. That same evening was the
departure for Indonesia.
Trip to Indonesia
The trip to Indonesia was via Los Angeles and involved changing planes in Vancouver. Total
flying time was four hours. Just after midnight, 6th January, began the longest part of the
journey, a 14 hour flight to Taipei, a stop on the way to Singapore. There another plane
awaited for the journey to Jakarta. In Jakarta, the local organizers escorted us to our
final destination: Surabaya, one of Indonesia's major cities. Thus far, the journey from
Switzerland counted about 47 hours of flying time alone. We had crossed the international
dateline, so suddenly it had become 7th January.
In Indonesia, lndri Makki and her sister Alice made very effort to facilitate the journey.
Alice had met us in Singapore and travelled with us to Jakarta, where her sister was
waiting. When we reached Surabya, we were met by the local organizers, Francesca and
Be Prudent-Jesus says
The next day, 8th January, was the meeting. It was amazing to see such a large gathering on
such short notice. The people were enthusiastic. The hall in the local World Trade Centre
was filled to overflowing with more than one thousand people. This time, Jesus advised
Vassula just before her meetings to be prudent, 'Be prudent, pupil, and lean on Me ... you
will continue to restore My House, be prudent. I will guard you.' Vassula was being warned.
Later on, she understood that there were people during her journey in Indonesia and the
Philippines with a wrong approach to Catholic doctrine. They came to Vassula
offering their printed matter and wanting to ask her all sorts of questions. But this sort
of thing has happened
often during her recent meetings. In fact, Vassula noticed that during the past year the
quantity of false prophets has multiplied alarmingly. This is another proof that we are
living in the End of Times.
Many False Prophets
Vassula says that the real prophets are so scarce that one can count them on one's fingers.
She noticed that many good people are totally convinced and are following those false
prophets because some of them have managed to make their name known and are spreading their
books. The devil's work is to distract the faithful by giving them what is a lie so that
what comes from God will not be given its full value. Some people may have simply deceived
themselves, but in any case the result is the same. Nevertheless, Vassula makes a point not
to denounce those false prophets by name because the sole judge, she says, is
God. And God will send His angels in the end to do the sorting out. That same afternoon,
after the meeting, we left in a hurry for Jakarta.
Jakarta-Five Thousand Come
On 9th January, our meeting was scheduled in a large sports complex. Despite a political
riot causing severe traffic jams, God called 5,000 people to listen to His words. Both
Catholics and Protestants were in attendance. It all began with a beautiful and very solemn
procession of young people carrying a big crucifix and a statue of Our Lady. After the
procession, some young people, dressed in the costumes of the various islands, gave a short
demonstration of their traditional dances. Vassula's talks were focused on the Love of God
and the Holy Spirit. God always reminds her to reveal to His children His intimate Love so
that they meet Him and get to know Him.
These intimate messages have a very powerful impact on people, and one can see it during her
talk. Their eyes fill with tears, and they are very moved. One can sense the thirst in those
souls to hear and learn more about our Father in Heaven. After Vassula's talk was over, it
was followed by a concelebrated Mass with a very large number of eucharistic ministers who
assisted with the communions. Vassula remarked on the seven youngsters in traditional dress
who were praying for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. A lot of what she said was centred
on the Holy Spirit - a remarkable providence. One thousand and thirty copies of books were
sold at the meeting.
On 10th January, we left Jakarta and were picked up at the airport by our friends from the
Centre for Peace to stay one night in Manila before leaving the next day for Cebu. Vassula's
work began right in the airport since a roving reporter for the Catholic station, Radio
Veritas, had been informed of her arrival Vassula did a brief interview with him before
leaving the airport.
Meeting in Cebu
THE meeting planned in Cebu was organized by the local Centre of Peace, and a number of
Catholic charismatic groups had even changed the date of the annual meeting to coincide with
Vassula's visit. The first evening in Manila, there was also an interview with a prominent
television personality who is seen nightly on the news. As the interview proceeded, one
could see that the interviewer was getting more and more deeply touched by the interview,
and finally she asked Vassula to pray over her after the interview. Some of this was shown a
few days later on television. The full length interview was scheduled to be shown in the
coming week. We thought: Jesus takes all means to draw His people into His Heart, yes, even
this programme would be seen by millions.
Vassula Evangelizing in Hospital
That very same night of 10th January, Vassula was rushed to the hospital emergency room at
midnight with a case of food poisoning. At the emergency room, when the doctor heard her
name, he recognized her and informed his superior. In fact, Vassula's many video-tapes are
transmitted on a number of local television stations. When the young doctor found out that
his superior didn't know about her, he commented 'Don't you read the newspapers?' Vassula
promised to send him a book. In fact, after her departure, she was featured in an article on
the front page of the large-circulation daily Inquirer.
The Lord Gives Vassula Strength to Continue
ON 11 th January, we arrived at Cebu and were met by a delegation at the airport. It
included a local mayor, as well as the local publishers of the book, David and Mary. That
evening, we were invited to Mass at the Sacred Heart Church. A group of priests who follow
the messages were there to share in the concelebration, and the Church was filled. During
the Mass, Vassula felt unwell again, so she had to be rushed out and go to lie down on the
sacristy floor (there were no benches). Vassula was feeling so bad that she was about to
faint. The priests asked for any doctor to come forward. Two came and advised her to
immediately drink water with sugar and salt. Eventually, when Mass was over, she still
attended a dinner she had been invited to, together with a number of people and the priests
who had concelebrated at the Mass. When she first
arrived, she had to lie down, but suddenly she felt better and joined the priests for
dinner, as had been intended in the programme for the evening so she could share with them
the messages. Vassula has noticed how, when she is on a mission, even when she is not well,
the Lord gives her the strength required just for those moments when she has to give her
Cebu - Twenty Thousand Come
The following day was Sunday, 12th January, and over 20,000 had gathered at the Coliseum, a
local sports centre in central Cebu. Since Vassula was still not well, she asked that a
chair be placed in front so that when she gave her talk, she would be sitting. For fear that
she might collapse, the chair was there, but as soon as her turn came to speak, all her
ailments left her, and she stood up for an hour and a half as always to give her talk. This
reminded her of Jesus' words to her "I will always respond to your needs." "Never tire,
My child, of
working for Me. Although your crosses are many, do not complain. Although you are My most
tormented messenger in your days, My Holy Spirit will remain with you to be your Guardian,
your Lamp and your Joy. He will keep you cheerful since you are hidden in Us . . ."
Vassula's talk was a lengthy and thorough presentation of True Life in God, which was
followed by a concelebrated Mass. There were many priests
and a large number of Eucharistic ministers as well. The faithful came from many different
areas of the Philippines since the charismatic movement had shifted their annual conference
by one week to coincide with her visit.
In the afternoon session, Vassula had a mass healing session. In the beginning, she was
considering how to go about it. She discussed it with Al Barbarino, an American friend who
is a singer that she had met in the United States and who 'happened' to be invited too in
Cebu. In the end, she asked Jesus to guide her and show her how to manage this. Jesus
indicated in her heart two powerful prayers on the Holy Spirit and for healing. She asked Al
Barabrino to assist her with songs in between and during the healing. He joyfully agreed to
Vassula Lifts The Crucifix
Vassula went out to the assembly, read out the prayers Jesus gave her, and then lifted the
crucifix high. Then with her arm raised, she turned it slowly from left to right and even
behind her since all the balconies were full. The power of the Holy Spirit was so intense
that people were thrust back, falling in their chairs. Some who were with demons were so
disturbed by the presence of the Holy Spirit that their demons started to howl. Then
everything was over.
Healing Service After All-Night Vigil
NOT far from the city of Cebu is the local diocesan shrine in honour of Our Lady under the
title of Theotokos. In addition to the giant statue of Our Lady of Fatima, there is a
Russian icon with which Mary is venerated under the Greek title of Theotokos, which means
Mother of God. the shrine functions as the heart of the prayer groups of the diocese which
attend the all-night vigil of the 13th of every month, ending with a morning mass and
healing service. Vassula was invited to conduct a healing service at the shrine after the
and Fr. "X" was asked to preach during the all-night vigil which includes
confessions, Eucharistic adoration and the Rosary. For this, Fr. "X" had to leave the
house at 11.30m and spend all night at the
Centre. Vassula was asked to arrive later on, thus she left the house at 4.00am. Fr. "X"
based his talk on the messages of True Life In God, especially focusing on the messages on
Our Lady's Heart.
Many Rest in the Spirit
After the Mass, which had been attended by thousands, Vassula imposed the crucifix
individually on a great number who had remained for the service. Though the crowds were
great in number, it did not take so very long because people rested in the Spirit almost as
soon as the crucifix touched their forehead. Some rested even before she reached them. Thus,
Vassula, at certain moments found herself walking past those who were waiting, and she did
not really have to stop or even touch them. One could say that as she passed by them with
the crucifix, an extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit took over and she did not have to
pause for more than a second or two. Afterwards, before leaving, Vassula herself experienced
rapture in the
Spirit, although she did not fall, and she gave a brief message. In these moments of
rapture, the Spirit uses her faculties. This time, He shaped her hands in the Byzantine
blessing form. Then she solemnly raised her right hand before giving the message. Just
looking at her hand in the position of a blessing caused at least two people to fall back on
the floor, resting in the Spirit.
Jesus Gives a Special Blessing Through Vassula
Vassula whispered the message with great effort, as is the case when she experiences rapture
in the Spirit. The message was "I bless My people; I bless the Filipino people." Later, she
mentioned that besides blessing the Filipino people in a special way, Jesus wanted to
include also the foreigners who were present. While the message was being whispered in Fr
James' ear, it had a power that was felt by those present, and Fr. "X" experienced this
power on himself as well. Just after, as we left the sanctuary area, several persons saw
Christ in Vassula's face. They saw Christ with a sad expression and with light blue eyes.
(Vassula, of course, does not have blue eyes) These people will send us their testimonies
which will also include testimonies of hearings.
Last Minute Meeting Brings a Crowd of 2,000
On 14th January, we left for Manila around noon time. The next morning, on January 15, a
journalist from the
Inquirer newspaper of Manila had a long interview with Vassula for a feature article in her
paper that was published after our departure on the front page, Sunday, 19th January. In the
evening, 15th January, we had a
crowd of 2,000 at the Green Hills Theatre. The meeting had been arranged at the last moment,
so many heard of it only by word of mouth; some had only heard the day of the meeting
Jesus Promises Greater Things to His Faithful
Just before leaving for the presentation, Vassula was called by Jesus. He reminded her that
He is never far away from her. Further down in His message, He reassured her that He was
pleased with her work: "I, Jesus, am pleased with your work..."
Then, He showed her how He would reveal greater things still, were she to remain faithful to
Him. Then, giving her advice of how she should present His message, He said: "Allow My Voice
to be heard, so that I sanctify My people with Instruction." Jesus seemed to indicate here
that what he expected from His instrument was that she expose the teachings of the Holy
Spirit to the people, instructing them so that they would understand His sayings. Jesus
then, with ever so tender words to His instrument, once more reminded her of His Love: "I
have proved My Love for you, Vassula, My chosen one, by revealing to you the tenderness of
My Sacred Heart. All I ask from you now is a return of love. Love for Love, heart for Heart.
I bless you in My tenderness." The Lord here reminded Vassula of His Love asking for her
love. He reminded her of how He offered to her His Heart and that now He wanted her to offer
Him once more her heart.
Another Healing Service
After Vassula's presentation, once more there was a healing service. Many rested in the
Spirit, falling at times so rapidly that it was difficult for the 'catchers' to keep up with
the numbers. In spite of the large number of people, it all went rather rapidly because the
Spirit acted fast, making them fall into His Embrace as quick as lightning falls.
Half-Hour Presentation at the Airport
On 16th January, there was a final surprise. Though we had thought that the mission was now
accomplished, there was a surprise for us at the airport. That reminded Vassula of those
words of Our Lord which he had told her in the very beginning: "And you will have not rest
..." Another impromptu meeting had been arranged in the airport chapel! Our hosts had
arranged for Vassula to speak before a small crowd. Therefore she gave a brief half-hour
presentation. They were people who had not even read the messages. Most were employees of
the airport or air hostesses. The priest who was scheduled for the Mass left out his sermon
to allow us more time, and, as word spread through the airport, many streamed in after the
healing had begun. Later on, a man approached us and thanked us, for his back pain had
After leaving Manila, we had a six hour transit in Singapore that gave us time to write us
this report, and so we could really say now 'Mission accomplished.' Fourteen hours later, we
were back in Switzerland on a trip that took us around the world in just two weeks. All in
all, our journey was calculated to 69.5 hours of flying time.
We conclude by quoting from the Scriptures a passage that Vassula asked the Lord to give to
us: "Yahweh says this:
"Let the sage not boast of wisdom nor the valiant of valour, nor the wealthy of riches!
But anyone who wants to boast, boast of this: of understanding and knowing Me. For I am
Yahweh, who acts with justice, and uprightness on earth, yes, these are what please Me,'
Yahweh declares" (Jeremiah 9 : 22-23)