This week I had the privilege to hand over a degree signed by Cardinal Bertone, the secretary of Vatican-State that honours John of God as a knight-commander of the Order of St Gregory the Great http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_St._Gregory_the_Great
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A wonderful signal of the Catholic Church to honour a man who certainly has facilitated more miracle healing than all Saints together.
Joao de Deus is the greatest living representative of Spritism tradition, in the country that has the greatest number of practitioners – Brazil. In a public survey to find the most popular brazilian person Chico Xavier http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chico_Xavier turned to be number one even before national heroes like Ayrton Senna http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayrton_Senna.
John of God considers Chico Xavier his mentor and guide that brought him to establish his clinic in Abadania.
In Brazil where I see more people going to church and where churches of all sizes are full even during the week. Spiritism, by most, is not considered a replacement for Religion but an addition.
Also John of God leaves no doubt about his primary allegiance to the Catholic tradition and in particular that of the Jesuits, as he named his clinic after Ignatius de Loyola the founder of the Jesuits whom he considers his guide and the symbol of the Jesuits and their motto :
“Ad maiorem Dei gloriam” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_maiorem_Dei_gloriam
you see written above his chair.
This move by the Catholic Church that is perfectly formulated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, http://www.hospitaller-soulspirithealing.org/hospitaller-order-cardinal-angelo-sodano/ connects our times with the tradition in which Jesus was spreading his word through the healing miracles that he performed.
Cardinal Sodano states in this document – sickness is not in the first line a malfunctioning of the body but one of the most important moments in a persons life to reconnect to the source and purpose of his life. Therefore it is so fitting that a man, Joao de Deus, who is such a gifted facilitator for this process of spiritual change is being honoured in this way.
John of God has worked for over 50 years to create an environment for this process, in which one feels the intensity of early Christianity, its emotional dedication, the lack of form, its unpredictability in any moment, the openness for accepting what every volunteer can add to the whole. Nowhere else you hear the lords prayer and the Ave Maria repeated more often, alternating with ad hoc testimonials or expressions of gratefulness and pure joy of so many that were healed and got a new direction in their lives.
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(Joannem – is the Latin version of “John”)
Please see my interpretation of “Spiritism” and the work that John of God performs
that is the result of the use and development of the CoRe system that is much closer to the current scientific understanding than the 19th century ideas of Allan Karec, here :
Extract from http://www.earth-oasis.de/en/healing-days/please-read
where John is doing his healing work in Salzburg and Alsfeld during the next 2 weeks
The miracle healer on a mission from God – A life led in humility and devotion
The reason for Joao de Deus being the most significant healer alive today could be that he humbly puts his work in God’s hands. Since the teenager Joao, more than 50 years ago, discovered his medial talent, he has devoted his life to spiritual healing. He has never allowed his ego, his personality, to distract him from this divine mission.
The gratitude and appreciation which has grown out of this creates a powerful protective energy field which makes the continuation of his work possible. The one and only radical change in his work as a healer happened over 30 years ago: though the guidance of the great healer, and Joao’s patron, Chico Xavier, he settled in Abadiania in Central Brazil where he founded the Casa Dom Inacio de Loyola. Up until this time he had spent years of relentless travelling through the whole of Brazil. Then and today, Joao emphasises again and again that it is not he who heals but God; he is only a channel for divine healing powers. His inner determination to serve and heal gives him the strength needed to, time and time again, go into a trance and to make his body available to the spiritual entities that work through him.
Joao de Deus and the 36 entities – Support from the spiritual world
It is not Joao himself who treats and heals. He had to leave school very early, practically illiterate, in order to support his poor family. Therefore he has no knowledge of medicine or anatomy. It is the entities, spirits of dead personalities, who in their earthly lifetime were doctors, surgeons, healers, philosophers or theologians. Among these are Ignazius von Loyola, St. Francis of Assisi, King Salomon, Bezerra de Menezes, Dr. Fritz, Dr. Osvaldo Cruz, Dr. Augusto de Almeida, Dr. Jose Valdevino. They, or one of the other 36 entities, work through Joao de Deus when he is in a trance, whereby only one entity at a time is active; one entity can do the healing work in the morning, another in the afternoon. There is no doubt that possibilities are available to the entities for which, up to now, science has no explanation. The spiritual operations and the physical surgery, which for legal reasons is only performed in Brazil, are clear evidence that higher powers are at work. Further evidence is the lack of pain, although no anaesthetics were used; or, although no antiseptic measures were applied, not a single case of infection has occurred as an aftermath to the infinite number of physical operations – to all this thousands of doctors have testified. It goes without saying that these operations would not have been possible without the participation, in trance, of the powerful medium Joao. The spirits use the body, the hands, the voice of the healer to manifest their helping and healing work. For this to happen, he has to completely forego his will, his identity and his personality during the time he is in a trance to enable the respective entity to take possession of him. On the other hand, Joao’s success in healing would not be conceivable without the powers of the spiritual world, powers which are far superior to ours. It is this ‚spiritual medicine’, whose mysterious but very real effect science has as yet been unable to grasp, which time and time again heals people who have been declared incurable by traditional medicine.
The person Joao de Deus – a life in devotion, but with some practical rules
Joao’s human splendour resides in his deep devotion to his God-given mission. With inexhaustible strength and endurance he has devoted his life to healing and has adapted his private life to fit in with this enormous task, something which wasn’t always easy. In the years in which he travelled from village to village treating and healing people in all regions of Brazil, his private life took an also-ran second place; planning his life apart from his healing mission was hardly possible. This only changed when he settled in Abadiania and founded his healing centre. Meanwhile, Joao can separate his healing work from his private life, as he once explained in an interview in the Brazilian Sunday newspaper Revista. When a reporter asked him: ‚How do you manage to divide your time between the Casa Dom Inacio de Loyola, your Fazendas and your family?’ the medium Joao replied: ‚That’s easy. One just has to learn to diversify to be able to take care of everything. Three days in the week are reserved for my mission (in the Casa), the other four days belong to my work and my family. You have to be able to keep these apart and not mingle them.’ However, those who are well acquainted with Joao and his life know that even in the time reserved for his private life he takes upon himself other people’s worries and hardships, not only those of his very large family which comprises 9 children and many grandchildren. Continually people come to him seeking help and advice. Also his healing work is not limited to the days he spends at Casa de Dom Inacio in Abadiania. Frequently he leaves the healing centre on Friday evenings and flies to the Casa in the south or to another region of Brazil where he spends his weekend treating more thousands of people.