TLIG magazine issue 40

I N T E R N A T I O N A L M A G A Z I N E I S S U E - 4 0 11 P rior to the 2017 Asian Mission, Vassula had vis- ited the Philippines eleven times. She went as far north as Tuao, Cagayan Valley, and as far south as Davao, in Mindanao. This year, when the archbishop of Cagayan de Oro (another city in Mindanao), His Excellency Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD, learned that Vassula would be in Asia, he invited her to share the messages of True Life in God with the people of Mindanao. Vassula’s twelfth visit to the Philippines meant that she would enter the country twice, due to her trav- el itinerary. During her first entry into the country, she had ample time to physically adjust to the Asian standard time zone. She and her companion, Rev. Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, STL, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday, February 24, 2017. They were welcomed by members of the True Life in God Philippines Association. February 26, 2017, Sunday After resting and recovering from jetlag for a day and a half, Vassula’s first activity in the country was a welcome lunch meeting with members from the Center for Peace Asia and the True Life in God Phil- ippines Association, graciously hosted by the family of Mr. and Mrs. Salvador De Leon. The Center for Peace Asia, together with Ms. June Keithley Castro (a friend of Vassula’s, now deceased), first invited Vassula to the Philippines in 1991, when there was still no True Life in God Philippines Association. This group has helped promote Vassula’s TLIG missions . The first event of the day was a Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, con-celebrated by Fr. Richie Santos, SDB and Fr. Delio Ruiz, SCJ. The very re- laxed atmosphere was highlighted by Vassula’s sto- ries about her recent mission to Syria and Lebanon, and an explanation of how important the mission of TLIG is for our time. Due to its importance, most of Vassula’s friends acknowledged their enthusiasm towards providing assistance for the TLIG missions. February 27, 2017, Monday Even though Vassula’s lay-over in Manila was sup- posed to have no major activity, J. C. Gotinga of Vassula’s 12th Visit To The Philippines February 24-28 and March 22-26, 2017 CNN-Philippines contacted the TLIG Philippines Association, asking if it would be alright to interview Vassula. Upon hearing this, Vassula agreed to do the interview at around 2:00 p.m. J. C. knew a little about the messages and Vassula, because he became acquainted with True Life in God when he was still in school, more than 15 years ago. He said it took him some time to receive his boss’s approval to do the interview, thus the late notice. The interview lasted almost an hour. The important parts of the interview were aired on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017, during the CNN-Philippines Evening News. The news segment presented a brief background on Vassula and theTrue Life inGodmessages with videos on how the messages are received through locutions, along with photos of TLIG Ecumenical Pilgrimages and Vassula’s recent visit to war-torn Syria, showing Muslims receiving the messages with open hearts. Vassula said, “Jesus says in the messages that all ca- lamities, sorrows, natural disasters, wars, and all that is not good does not come from Him. But we, through our apostasy, are self-destroying ourselves.” (cf.TLIG Messages, September 11, 1991) When asked about the moral climate in the Philippines, especially with regard to the growing number of killings, Vassula said, “God is Love. God is Mercy. Did He stone that adul- terous woman to death? She should have been killed according to her sins. Yet Jesus spared her.” (The Jeru- salem Bible, John 8:1-11) Then J. C. said, “Rydén has compiled these messages in a book called True Life in God. It bears the Catholic ‘Imprimatur’, a guarantee that the work is free of doctrinal errors.” Towards the end of the segment, J. C. said, “…in the midst of the world’s troubles, Rydén says there is hope.” Vassula said, “… in the end, Jesus will triumph and we know it. But He wants to hear [touching her ear] … a cry of repentance.” Then J. C. concluded, “Repentance or a change of heart … that can change the world.” February 28, 2017, Tuesday A bit past 3:00 a.m. the following day, Vassula and Fr. Joseph checked-in at the airport for their flight to Beijing, the first leg of their Asian Mission, which