MANILA – (PNA) “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
This was a case of a seriously ill retired bank employee, who was given by his doctors a 50-50 chance to survive, but miraculously recovered from his illness after his family prayed the Novena of Nuestra Seπora de la Salud (Our Lady of Health), which was recently revived by the Catholic Church in the Philippines 72 years after being hidden from public devotion.
“I believe that our Lord God Jesus Christ healed me through the intercession of the Blessed Mother also known by the name Nuestra Seπora de la Salud, or Our Lady of Health,” said Greg Montes during an exclusive interview with this writer.
Montes said he was rushed to the Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center in Fairview, Quezon City last Nov. 15 due to continued vomiting.
He was diagnosed with having multiple organ infections, foremost of which was his pancreas, and his liver, kidneys, lungs and heart were also infected.
A team of physicians, led by Dr. Ricardo Javison, a cardiologist, told Montes’s wife, Marietta, that her husband condition was critical and was given a 50-50 chance to live. His wife and children cried.
Montes was immediately brought to the intensive care unit (ICU). His family called a priest, Rev. Fr. Elpidio Z. Luza, SCJ, of the San Roue Parish in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, to administer the Extreme Unction to the very seriously ill patient.
A week later, a mutual friend, Antonietto “Boy” Pernia, consultant of Bohol Congressman Aris Aumentado, texted this writer that Greg was in the hospital and in a very serious condition.
Having not seen each other since 1972, this writer visited Greg at the ICU. I handed to his wife a novena prayer booklet of Nuestra Seπora de la Salud which his wife was thankful.
I whispered to my friend, Greg just pray repeatedly “Jesus, I trust in you!” which he said later he did.
In the meantime, his family prayed the novena daily, asking Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercession for healing. They also prayed for the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrecina.
Their prayers were answered by God, and a few days later, Greg was transferred to the recovery room.
Doctor Javison told Greg: “Matibay ang fighting spirit mo!” to which he replied: “Doc, God answered our prayers, because prayer is number one.”
Last November 30, Greg was discharged from the hospital and now on his way to full recovery.
“It was a miracle! Our Lady of Health healed me,” he said over the phone.
The healing of Montes probably was the first documented healing of a very sick patient in the Philippines since the Novena to Nuestra de las Salud was re-started for public veneration on Nov. 17, 2017 after 72 years in hibernation.
Doctor Javison also told Montes that with such numerous ailments, the ratio of survival rate is two out of 10. But with prayers, he was healed.