Dom Ignacio Anniversary July 2008 – by Grainne McEntee
Every year it is hectic in Abadiania from the 24th June, St.John’s day and Medium Joao's birthday until July 31 when we celebrate the Anniversary of Dom Ignacio's passing into the spirit world.
This year we had the joy of witnessing Saint Ignatius of Loyola twice. As his feast day fell on a Thursday we got to celebrate the Friday before also. This was to accommodate all the many buses travelling from all over Brazil to pay homage to the patron of the Casa. On a beautiful sunny morning, in the middle of winter, in the heart of Brazil, throngs of anxious pilgrims young and old awaited the arrival of Medium Joao in the main hall of the marvellously decorated Casa buildings. Yellow and white balloons festooned the walls and rafters acknowledging the colours of the Jesuit flag and every so often there would be a loud bang as one exploded.
The stage in the main hall of the casa was carpeted with copious flowers and rose petals in multitudes of colours. A larger than life size bronzed statue of Dom Ignacio stood beaming out at everyone on the left side. Even more flowers in yellow and white flanked both sides of the first and second current rooms. A river of rose petals flowed from the entrance of the mediums room all the way to the Entity’s chair. The aroma was intoxicating from the cut and uncut flora and fauna of Gods bounty.
Excited chatter was hard to contain outside and inside the current rooms were buzzing to capacity in electric silence, as all awaited the Patron of the Casa. Medium Joao arrived on the stage outside in the main hall to an excited crowd of white clad brothers and sisters, young and old flashing cameras and waiting with bated breath. Words were said by Medium Joao to remind us that ' It is God who heals. I am just a man. I am truly only an instrument in His Divine hands'. As always before incorporation of any Entity into John of Gods physical body, prayers are offered by those assembled to invoke the Divine power to descend to earth from the higher realms. With a gasp of breath and a rolling of his eyes Saint Ignatius of Loyola had taken over and was present in the body of Medium Joao. The highly charged energy field was so palatable to one and all. Many in the large gathering were overcome and carried off to be tended by volunteers in the recovery room. The majority were weeping tears of joy to be witnessing such a profound demonstration of the existence of a spirit world.
As Dom Ignacio was assisted slowly from the main hall through the current rooms to his chair a wave of raw, rare, radiant emotion swept his path. Nobody remained untouched by his enormous auric field. A slight limp was noticeable as in his lifetime his left leg was injured by shrapnel in battle. Indeed he takes on the characteristics of his human form while he was incarnate on the earth. As he reached his chair festooned with flowers of welcome, the colour of the sun and bright white light, he offered words of love and wisdom to all in a deep and reverent voice. His message was and is as always for humanity to ' love and serve (in our lives) for the greater glory of God'. He also reminds us 'For those who believe no words are necessary, for those who do not believe, no amount of words are sufficient'.
In an unprecedented move this year he performed a marriage ceremony, joining in matrimony Medium Joao and his wife Anna. A surprise to both of them and also to those present, as we were honoured by Saint Ignatius presence for about 40 minutes on this very special day.
Blessed bread and grape juice was offered to all as a symbol of the Eucharist to celebrate this feast day. With a rolling of his eyes and a beaming smile Dom Ignacio returned to his celestial home and Dr Augusto de Almedia another beautiful Entity continued the work in the name of God in the Casa on this awe inspiring day.
Witnessing these miraculous events was made even more powerful by the fact that Saint Ignatius of Loyola last lived a human life from 1491 to 1556. That says it all.