Today, April 19, Fatima Soriano and her mother Fely came from Dra. Mae Singson of the Asian Hospital in Alabang. The two announced that they are very much thankful to AJ’s parents for choosing them, but due to Fatima’s retina problem, the eye transplant would be futile.
“Sobra kami nagpapasalamat sa mga magulang ni A.J. Sigurado kami na mas may kailangan pa ng mga mata ni A.J. Siguro ito talaga ang itinakada ng Diyos,” the mother of Fatima told me on the phone. (“Others are more in need of AJ’s eyes than us. I guess this is what the Lord has planned.”)
Instead of feeling disheartened that she will not be able to see, Fatima told her mother while on their way to a recollection, “Siguro nga may matutulungang iba ang mga mata ni AJ. Baka din kasi hindi ko na makita si Mama Mary at makausap kapag nakakita na ako.”
Maria Fatima Victa Soriano was discovered by Father Jerry Orbos at the age of 10. She called in the priest’s radio program, where she told that she was born blind and was diagnosed with kidney failure, end-stage, and would have dialysis every four hours, five times a day.
But she told the priest that she was happy for she had hope and started singing on the radio. So many people were touched by her phone interview including Father Jerry Orbos, who started producing fund raising concerts to help her dialysis costs and hopefully a kidney transplant. With God’s grace, she has had a successful kidney transplant last February 28, 2004.
Father Jerry was overwhelmed because the fund raising concerts turned into healing concerts. Every time Fatima would raise her hand and sing, the faithful who couldn’t walk began to walk and those who were sick were healed. Those who had problems were touched and inspired.
She also had the ability to talk to Mother Mary personally, and give a message from Her that will blow your mind. Mine was!
Minsan, nagkatabi kami at sinabi niya ang message ni Mama Mary para sa akin. Naloka talaga ako kasi una sa lahat, walang may alam sa problema ko o pinagdadaanan ko, ultimo asawa ko. Pero alam niya at sinabi niya ang solusyon dahil yun ang sabi ni Mama Mary. Nakakalokah talaga!
During the trying times of Ted Failon, after the death of his wife, it was Fatima that gave Ted hope. Fatima was in ABS-CBN for a guesting, saw Ted and told Mama Mary’s message to Ted. Ted was shocked, surprised and was almost in tears.
It’s just so ironic that the blind and sick child can heal so many people but cannot heal herself. But she told me when we saw again each other in Marikina that she would rather not see because she is afraid that Mama Mary will not talk her anymore in case she does see.
Father Orbos wrote in Inquirer: “We had healing Masses with Fatima Soriano in the San Francisco area in California, and the response in Vallejo, Union City, Hayward, Fremont, San Bruno and Milpitas was overwhelming. …Our message of joy and God’s unconditional love, together with Fatima’s message of trust and hope, was something people wanted and needed to hear. All that people need to hear sometimes is not more issues or projects, or doctrines. All they need to hear is that there is hope, and that they are loved.”
This Holy week, let us ponder on God’s message of hope and love. Na mahal niya tayo kahit ano pa o sino pa tayo…God loves us, hinihingi lang niya na bumalik tayo sa kanya dahil madalas nakakalimutan na natin siya. (God loves us no matter who we are or what we have done. All He asks is that we go back to Him because oftentimes we just forget Him.)
After reading this blog, why not talk to Him. Baka matagal-tagal niyo na rin Siyang hindi nakausap. I did. And I asked forgiveness because there were times I was so proud and did not learn how to ask forgiveness from my fellowmen.
There were times that all I thought of was myself, and I forgot that God was just there waiting for me to tell him, “I love you too my God. And I thank you for your love and keeping me alive. Because as long as I’m alive, hope of change will always be there.”