eastwind journals 80 – FATIMA STATUE STRANDED BY HAIYAN – coastal ban inappropriate

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By Bernie Lopez


Lord, we feel Your gentleness
in the flowers and the wind
but we feel Your rage
in the storms and earthquakes
You give and You take away
we bow in awe at Your feet
in surrender to Your will
forgive us our sins
blessed by Your name forever




A day before the millennium storm Haiyan (local name Yolanda) hit Samar and Leyte provinces, the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima, was last known to be in the town of Dolores, Eastern Samar, before communications were cut off. It is believed it was stranded there on its way to the capital of Borongan. Dolor is the Latin word for ‘sorrow’. Is this a new omen from Our Lady of Sorrows? (Source http://www.rappler.com/nation/43269-yolanda-traps-lady-fatima-eastern-samar.)


Pope Francis received the statue from the church in Fatima during the Bohol-Cebu earthquake. He dispatched it to the Philippines. It arrived on September 16. In the crown of the statue is the bullet in a failed assassination of Pope John Paul II, the so-called ‘Fatima Pope’. The Third Secret of Fatima predicted the assassination attempt, and its failure was attributed to ‘Marian intervention’ on the Pope who consecrated Russia to her Immaculate Heart, which, in turn, as Our Lady of Fatima promised, ushered in global peace, triggering the Russian peace initiative détente, the end of the cold war at the break-up of the USSR, and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. The message of Our Lady of Fatima is both global peace and global disaster.


Fr. Kevin Apurillo, parish priest of San Joaquin, Palo, Leyte, gathered people into his church. Although the water was high, he said, “It’s a mystery how we lived through the storm.” This is akin to a small Jesuit community 100 meters from ground zero in the Hiroshima atomic blast who were left unscathed while they were praying the rosary. Fr. Kevin says victims must cling to God, as also articulated by the Book of Jeremiah below.


if at any time I announce
that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted
torn down and destroyed
and if that nation I warned repents of its evil
then I will relent and not inflict on it
the disaster I had planned
and if at another time I announce
that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted
and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me
then I will reconsider the good
I had intended to do for it
this is what the Lord says –
look! I am preparing a disaster for you
and devising a plan against you
so turn from your evil ways, each one of you
and reform your ways and your actions
Jeremiah 18:7-11


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As of this writing, 5,200 are dead and 13 million homeless, and still climbing. There are 1,100 evacuation centers full to the brim, and another 685,000 persons who receive assistance outside the centers. (NDRRMC data).




In a knee-jerk plan, President Aquino wants to impose a no-build zone, banning homes in coastal areas, increasing easement from 20 meters to 50 to 200. This is an un-implementable plan. The Philippines has 36,300 kilometers of shoreline, greater than that of continental USA. In the Visayas, which is more archipelagic than Mindanao or Luzon, the estimate is half or 18,000 kilometers. Shorelines affected by Haiyan is estimated at about 3 to 4,000 kilometers. No one can police this vast area. As soon as people are forced out, a new set will come in. The plan will also reduce the fish productivity of the Visayas, which constitute 60% of total nationwide. We are an archipelagic people since prehistory. Either coastal people die from storm surge or from hunger. They will forever be nourished or killed by the sea.
many will be purified
made spotless and refined
but the wicked will continue to be wicked
none of the wicked will understand
but those who are wise will understand.
Daniel 12:10


and the Lord said to Jonah –
my son, you must understand that
when sinners repent
My wrath is quenched instantly
prophecies of punishment can be reverted
when there is a change of heart
My mercy abounds and overwhelms My anger
instant repentance obliterates
a mountain of sins
the slightest move of sinners
towards Me easily appeases Me
My mercy flows from one mere whispered prayer
at that time Michael, the great prince
who protects your people, will arise
there will be a time of distress
such as has not happened
from the beginning of nations until then
but at that time your people
everyone whose name is found
written in the book, will be delivered
multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth
will awake: some to everlasting life
others to shame and everlasting contempt
Daniel 12:1-2


OTHER HAIYAN ARTICLES/Youtube by eastwind
Towards a disaster response model – miracle of the rose petals
Haiyan logistic nightmare – global food shortage looms
Fatima warnings on a global disaster.

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