Published in kath.net October 5, 2007. http://www.kath.net/detail.php?id=17909
An Octoberfest in the Holy Spirit
- Day IV
October 5, 2007. "Father
James and his Message for the KATH.NET Readers"
By Michail Rassool
Foto: (c) Klemens Hrovath
Father James Manjackal M.S.F.S. is conducting a retreat in Munich from
October 1 to 4. Franziskus v. Ritter-Groenesteyn gives his report of the
Munich (www.kath.net) The Indian priest Father James Manjackal M.S.F.S.
is giving a retreat from October 1st to 4th in Munich. Franziskus v. Ritter-Groenesteyn
is attending and will be writing a daily summary of each day of the retreat
for KATH.NET.Father James and his message for the KATH.NET readers
October 5, 2007.
The Fourth Day – Father James and his Message for the KATH.NET
Today I’m on the go early in the morning. In front of the altar there
is a large picture of the Mercy Jesus, in front of it there is a heart
made of flowers, containing the Name ‘Jesus’ in red flowers. Beside it
the petition box is filled with petitions. Richie is getting the microphone
Then he starts talking. He comes from Würzburg, uses every day
of holidays he has, to support Father James. There must be a reason for
such a commitment. His mother had multiple sclerosis. She was healed at
a retreat with Father James, she received the Holy Spirit.
But that wasn’t enough. Richie was enjoying life to the full in the
United States at the time. His mother asked him to come for a retreat.
“I didn’t feel like it.” Gaby, his mother, tells him about her healing,
Richie remains adamant. “I’m enjoying my life in the USA, once I’m your
The German voice of Fr. James
His mother doesn’t give up, freezes his bank accounts. Richie was completely
stuck. Pater James remembers, “He was a very angry-looking young man with
long hair, he was sitting in the first row in front of me at that time.”
Now Richie radiates a deep inner peace, the fruit of the Holy Spirit, lovingly
he hugs his wife. Today he is the German voice of Father James everywhere.
Father James is still in the sacristy. I’ll try to get him alone. The open
door looks inviting. On the large table are the remnants of a hurried breakfast.
He is speaking to a priest. I come back later. Father James has his hands
laid on the priest, is praying for him. Again, I leave.
Now the priest is praying for Father James, here the spiritual bond
between priests becomes perceptible. One last try. I’m lucky. Friendly,
he comes toward me. “Father James, I would like to ask you for a message
for our readers.” He gladly complies, calls upon the Holy Spirit, blesses
all the readers, praying that the readers’ ears may be open for the message
directed to them. Then he tells me:
A Message for the KATH.NET Readers
“On my travels around the globe I see so much loss of faith in Jesus
and the Church. There is much darkness, especially in Europe. Much bondage
in the families, many abortions, divorces, immorality, drugs. Its not only
the personal loss of spiritual life of each single person. When I pray,
I shed tears over Europe.
Will Europe lose its identity? Europe has a magnificent Christian past,
it once brought forth great virtues. In other countries people spoke about
Europe with great respect. But now… The people in the Third World are ashamed
of the moral decline of Europe. It makes me sad to hear that.
Dear readers, you must become aware of your European culture again
– nobody can deny that, it is Christianity. Come back to your roots!
Make Europe shine again! Learn to live the faith, testify for your God!
Have the courage to preach Jesus! Pray that the Holy Spirit may be granted
to Europe, Germany, Austria. Amen. May the Holy Spirit bless you and come
upon each one of you. I pray for you. Alleluja!”
A Dream in 1996
The church is filled to the last seat again. Ulrike is also here again.
I get hold of organizer Alexander Hahn and ask him about his motivation.
“Twice I received physical healing and last year he freed me from a mortal
sin, which I not aware of as such. Now the cancer has shrunk.” Another
In his talk, Father James talks about a dream he had in 1996.
It reminds me very much of the vision St. Paul had before he sailed
to Macedonia, written in the Acts of the Apostles.
“Eighteen deceased Moslems were suddenly standing in front of
me and asking me insistently, why I didn’t preach to them about Jesus and
his Redemption. I thought I was crazy. How can I preach to dead people?
They said they were in darkness and only I could help them get out of it.
I got my Bible and read the Gospel to them. Suddenly the room was filled
with fragrance of roses and incense and I saw them shining brightly like
angels, rising upwards.
“I had to know if I was crazy”.
At that time I had never been among the Moslems. I had to know if I
was crazy. I asked Father Francis, my spiritual guide, a rational Jesuit,
to help me. I was sure he would send to the psychiatric hospital. Instead
of that, he quoted from the Bible (Jn 5, 25-29 and 1 Cor 15,29) and he
confirmed my mission for deceased Moslems.
We have the glorious church, those are the saints in heaven, the suffering
church, those are the poor souls and the fighting church here on earth.
They are make up one church and help one another. The dead are alive. They
are only in another world. No one has the right to say someone is in hell.
Jesus alone judges. That is why the Church has never said Judas is in hell.
We have no way of knowing that. God’s mercy is great.
30 Masses for the Deceased
The deceased can do nothing more for themselves, but we can do all the
more. We can take their sins on ourselves and ask for forgiveness on their
behalf. We can even baptize them. The Holy Mass is especially helpful.
Do you know why there are supposed to be 30 Masses? Because there are four
generations. I will inflict punishment for their fathers’ wickedness
on the children … down to the fourth generation, says God. Two parents,
four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, 16 great-great-grandparents,
together that makes 30!”
Then he tells the story about his great-great-grandfather, for whom
nobody ever prayed, because Fr. James’ mother thought he was in hell anyway.
“One night in the year 2000, I was in Austria, my great-great-grandfather
appears to me and asks me to fast seven days for him and have a Holy Mass
said. I was astonished, but I did what he asked.
My mother was dying. When I was with her she told me about a dream
she had, in which my great-great-grandfather complained to her that she
never prayed for him. He said her son did that for him and that he is now
freed, and that she would experience that, for she would be with him within
24 hours and then the whole room smelled like roses. A few hours later
my mother died.”
“If you pray for them, they will come”
Father James warns, however, never to seek a conversation with the deceased,
because that is forbidden. “But if you pray for them, they come to you
and ask for prayer or fasting or a Holy Mass. We are allowed to do that.”
Then he talks about the beginning of his mission among the Moslems.
A Moslem asked him if he wished to see the tomb of Anna and Joachim. There
were 56 Moslems praying in front of it. They prayed verses from the Koran,
which were about Jesus and Mary. “Why are you doing that?” he asked.
The Moslem answered that there are many prophets in the Koran, but
only one who performs miracles and that is Jesus. And his mother Mary is
the most chaste virgin on earth.
“I ask you to forgive us.”
“ I was deeply touched, to hear that from the mouth of a Moslem. He
continued, telling me that miracles and healing often take place when they
pray in this manner. But they hate the Christians because Christians had
repeatedly persecuted the Moslems and killed them. I fell on my knees and
said, ‘ I am a Christian. I beg your forgiveness for all that the Christians
have done to you.’ They were moved to tears.”
Later on Father James saw 33 of them come secretly to his retreat.
They asked him to tell them more about Jesus. Father James was scared.
“I already saw myself in prison and beheaded”. But they urged him. Finally
he preached to 256 Moslems from their Koran, in secret in the desert. Eighty
percent of the Koran comes from the Bible. He chose Isaiah 53 and Zechariah
12. The redemptive deed of Jesus. They were quick to understand, together
they renounced the Koran and received baptism.
“I learned much from my Moslem brothers.”
“I have learned a lot from my Moslem brothers. I admire
their dedication, their friendliness, their stamina. You Europeans have
much less of that. Pray for your Moslem brothers but please do it with
love, otherwise it won’t be of any use.”
During the lunch break Father James prays for us for the Holy Spirit.
He lays his hands on us. Volunteers are standing behind the people in line,
ready to catch them. Father James hands are laid on the heads and one after
the other falls over. They are lying on the floor in the so-called
spirit of rest. They seem to be happy. Before me, Volker, the tinsmith
in leather clothing falls into the arms of the volunteer.
Then my legs give way…
Then its my turn. I close my eyes, waiting with my hands folded. Father
James asks me to open them, lays his hands on my head, a gentle pressure,
a vibration of the hands and then it happens: my legs just give way, I
feel like letting myself fall, like a sudden light case of dizziness, I
don’t care if anyone sees me that way, it’s just nice to lie there and
rest in the Spirit. Later, someone explains to me, “it’s kind of like lying
on God’s operating table” An operation without pain, on the contrary, it’s
The Holy Mass is in honour of St. Francis and becomes a thanksgiving
for the graces received. We get the opportunity to go to the microphone
to give our testimony. “Each time you give testimony, you will blessed
and you will receive strength for your mission, for your everyday life.
You can write me. My address is in my books. Every day 18,ooo persons read
the testimonies on my website.”
Effort and Rich Reward
Four powerful days are coming to an end. I admit it was strenuous, the
effort was richly rewarded. Helena and Christoph from Austria pack the
few books and CD’s left over in boxes, most of the things are sold, the
money goes to Father James’ mission.
They will spend their next holiday at another place, at a new retreat,
they will unpack the books again. In that way they are helping Europe to
become aware of its identity again. Let’s do what we can, too.