Visiting healing priest ignites the faithful with his prayer book
BOOK OF PRAYERS. Fr. Mar (center) takes time out with a parishioner in Legazpi City as Albay 2nd Dist Rep. Al Francis C. Bichara to his left intently listens. ELMER JAMES BANDOL
By Elmer James Bandol
LEGAZPI CITY – - – A visiting healing priest has ignited the beliefs of the Catholic faithful here by way of his book entitled “Straight From The Heart,” a compilation of prayers, which sold out about a thousand copies in just one session.
Rev. Fr. Mario Jose C. Ladra, prayer-warrior from the Diocese of Malolos arrived here Sunday to introduce his book as “a gift to cherish forever” following the Sunday Mass officiated by Msgr. Ramon Tronqued at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish, where 980 copies were sold to parishioners.
“I found out that Bicolanos are deeply religious and hunger for prayers,” Fr. Ladra told Albay congressman Al Francis C. Bichara who accommodated the healing priest at Pepperland Hotel, Legazpi City.
Ladra fondly called by many as “Fr. Mar” describes his book as “a prayer companion” that contains his personal collection of prayers that for over the years he turned to for comfort and solace during moments of difficulties, trials, and crises.
“These prayers inflamed and changed the hearts of many people, just as they have helped me in the various crisis points of my life. I have had to communicate with God in deep and profound way” Fr. Mar wrote his foreword.
“Straight from the Heart” has prayer contents appealing not only to the young readers but including those seeking jobs; physical and emotional healings; for widow and widower; call center agents; senior citizens asking for miracles. Even movie actress Ara Mina testified the need for this prayer book for actors and actresses.
“Many will find Fr. Mar’s book as a valuable tool in developing a love for prayer and growing in their relationship with God…Pray and please the Lord. All believing prayer those which come straight from the heart is precious to the Lord” said Archbishop of Manila Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD.
So far, more than 300,000 copies of Fr. Mar’s book had been sold since its printing in 2007 by St Paul, Philippines. Written in Cambria font, “Straight FromThe Heart” is a handy pocketbook in English and Filipino versions with soft cover at P180.00 while flex with gold edge lining is P270.00 each.
Fr. Mar is the parish priest of San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish in the City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan and as founder, he celebrates the Eucharistic Liturgy in the said parish every Tuesday evening ending with a healing session.
According to Fr. Mar the proceeds of his book sales were donated to the St. Raphael’s Parish in Legazpi City for its feeding program as he explained that because many are patronizing his prayer book some 600 children are beneficiaries of the feeding sessions everyday.
He said expected to be off the press are the Cebuano and Bicolano versions of his prayer book. He motored back to Manila Monday morning with an empty box and promised to be back in Bicol soon.