As part of the parish activities, the young vicar conducted a Bible Study Class every Saturday. This class later evolved into a charismatic prayer group made up of about twenty parishioners. As one of the requirements, members of such a group undergo a Life in the Sprit seminar (LSS) and the young priest conducted one of them. Midway through this Seminary, a Baptism of the Spirit is required. The priest lays hands on the participants and prays over them one by one. As Father Corsie went through this ritual one particular Sunday, the participants began to fall one after the other as he prayed over them, “resting in the Spirit” as Charismatic’s called it, and the young priest was at his wits’ end with fright.
Shortly after that incident, the young Father Corsie prayed over his mother who was sick. His mother, long afflicted with cancer of the lungs, had in fact just been allowed into the convent from the hospital at about noon of that day so that Father Corsie could look after her, and be with her as she neared her end.
In the presence of his Charismatic group, he prayed over his mother, giving her what he termed later as “soaking prayer” — a praying over a patient for half hour or so, a number of times a day. The next morning, as the young priest prepared for early Sunday Mass, he vaguely noticed his mother walking about. It was only after his Mass was over that he realized his mother was actually walking! She had improved tremendously in just one night! She kept on getting stronger after that day, until she was finally completely healed of her cancer. Since then Father Corsie has been healing continuously for over twenty years.
FR. CORSIE’S PHILOSOPHY ON SICKNESS AND DEATH
(Taken from the book “He Has Touched Me!”by Araceli Altmann Linsangan. Pinagpalang Kamay Healing Ministry. 1999).
Father Corsie often shocks his listeners when he tells them, in all honesty and candor, that while sickness and death are inevitable, “one does not have to get sick in order to die!” He cites this as one of the basic truths in life.
His homily in a healing session is often spiced with and humor, for laughter, to Father Corsie, is a most powerful weapon. And this readily endears him to an audience of terminally ill patients because this is exactly what they need — to be able to laugh in the midst of their pains, their predicaments and their heartaches.
In his own unique and good humored manner he manages, without offending, to make them look ridiculous at certain moments in their illnesses. Thus he makes them laugh — the church is rocked with laughter at intervals; he makes them cry. But also, he gives them HOPE.
After the Eucharistic celebration of the Mass which he invariably opens every healing service, Father Corsie speaks for about an hour and a half, explaining basic truths about sickness and death.
After introducing himself, he gives a brief history of the ministry of healing to which the Lord has called him, and with which eh has been associated for many years now. He also elucidates that he is not a faith healer, nor a psychic healer. “I do not use gadgets. I do not go into trance. I simply lay my hands on a person and say a prayer. So the best way to define my kind of healing is Divine Healing.”
Father Corsie Then Introduces “The Four Basic Types Of Healing” Physical Healing refers to the healing of the physical aspects of the body, external and internal. This is what 90 percent of patients come to a healing session for, particularly the healing of terminal illnesses that have progressed beyond the capability of medical science to cure: cancers, kidney failures, lung and liver diseases, heart ailments, arthritic illnesses and others.
Inner or Emotional Healing has to do with painful memories of past hurts. These hurts may lie buried in a person’s subconscious, and may at times become the cause of physical illness. In some cases, there could arise the need to delve deeper into the psyche to bring into the open the possible causes of psychosomatic illnesses, including possible intergenerational hurts that might have originated even before a person’s birth. Father Corsie’s expertise in the field of psychology becomes a useful tool here.
Spiritual Healing involves the vicious cycles of sin and the forgiveness of sins. In a sense all of us are bound by different cycles or degrees of sin. And whenever we need to be liberated from these sinful influences, we need God’s help in effecting change within ourselves. Our inability to forgive others may at times bring on physical illness. It therefore goes without saying that spiritual healing comes hand in hand with repentance which, in itself, is a great liberating force.
Deliverance Healing means deliverance form demons and evil spirits. The Bible speaks of such healings as performed by Christ in His time. And with the presence of Christ in our Eucharistic celebrations, and the presence in our midst of those entrusted by God to continue His healing power here on earth — from the Apostles down the ages — we can hope for such healings to continue to this day.
There are various ways of getting healed, explains Father Corsie. There is instant healing wherein a person is healed on the spot, after a pray-over, as in the case of “frozen shoulders”. Patients with “frozen shoulders” or shoulders locked up by Arthritis or by accidents — patients who cannot raise their arms vertically — are picked out by Ministry staffers and lined up on chairs along the aisles of the church. Father Corsie then touches them individually, stretching their arms up. And they are healed in seconds, even if their shoulders had been locked up for as long as forty years.
Or, from where the cripples are, somebody walks. Or, from somewhere else in the church, somebody suddenly sees, or hears. Call these incidents, or instant miracles — they happen in almost every healing session of Father Corsie. Sometimes the healing occurs the morning after the pray-over. Or people discover their healing a few days after, even without medical intervention.
Progressive Healing, on the other hand, requires more trips to the healing service, or more pray-overs until a patient, gifted with the grace and mercy of God, is healed. Father Corsie often cites the example of a woman who was in a wheelchair and could not walk, sick of a bad heart and Osteoarthritis, who followed Father Corsie’s healing sessions fourteen times. On her fourteenth session, she walked from her wheelchair. The healing here happened in stages.
Instant or progressive healings can also come about through what is called proxy healing. As the term implies, another person attends the healing service in place of someone who may be bedridden, or for some reason cannot attend the service. Thsi is a case exemplified by the centurion and his sick servant (Mt. 8, 5-13), a case of “distance healing”.
Father Corsie tells his audience of terminally ill patients, in no uncertain terms, that “not everyone who comes for healing will get healed, just as not everyone who goes to a doctor gets healed. And don’t ask me why, “he says pointing to the figure of Christ on a crucifix “ask Him, because I do not know why.” He claims, in all humility, that it is God who heals, and he is only an instrument in His service.
“What then does it mean for a sick person to be granted the gift of a second life?” he asks. “What will God remove from us, once we receive a miracle of healing?” He cites expenses, pain, the fear of dying, the attendant inconveniences of being sick, the frustrations in being an unproductive person, “and in the social dimension, the emotional stress of loved ones.”
“So when you get a miracle of healing,” he continues, “do not throw your miracle to the dogs. Cherish your second life as though it were your only treasure. Your second life belongs to God.”
The best way to thank God for a second life, he stresses, is to get involved in parish work, or in an apostolate that serves God and man. “This is the best gift of gratitude that one can offer to God.” He rejects the concept of gratitude expressed to God in monetary or material terms. “God does not need your money. God is already rich! He has absolute ownership of everything in the heavens and on the earth, including our lives.”
Basic Truths Father Corsie then proceeds to explain some basic truths in life, as learned by him and members of his Ministry over the years. Sickness and death are inevitable. Therefore we must learn to face up to this reality of life. Death is sure to come, he says, and in death we are all equal. No one is rich or poor, and no one can be spared. “Pantay-pantay lang tayong lahat diyan”.
We do not have to get sick in order to die. We could die in our sleep, or get run over, or die in an airplane crash. He tells the story of a man who took such finicky care of his diet so as not to fall sick. Then one day, without warning, he died in an accident.
Faith does not guarantee that one will get healed. “A mountain of faith does not guarantee a miracle,” says Father Corsie emphatically. This statement often sparks controversy among his listeners who argue that all miracles in the Bible were accompanied by faith. But he cites his own examples of people with no faith at all, who have gotten healed. “So it is not faith that heals. It is God’s mercy!”
There is virtually no second miracle. “If after your first miracle you go back to your old ways (he calls BSDU: balik sa dating ugali), if you do not appreciate your miracle of healing, there may be no second miracle should you get sick a second time, “he warns.
God does not make us sick. This is a central point, though a most controversial one, in Father Corsie’s philosophy. “Our illnesses do not come from God,” he argues.” God only loves and heals. Nobody has ever established any substantial evidence that it is God who doles out sicknesses to people.”
In this aspect, Father Corsie deplores the practice by some religious quarters, particularly those involved with the sick, who tell patients that their illnesses are God’s will therefore they must learn to suffer the will of God. He call this “a great blasphemy”.
He adds: “Just as the sun only shines, God only loves and heals. God will therefore not contradict Himself by giving people illnesses.”
Where Do Illnesses Come From?
If God indeed does not make us sick, then where does illnesses come from? Father Corsie cites genetics as a primary source of illnesses. From genetics we inherit the disposition to illnesses such as Cancer, Asthma, Arthritis, cardiac disorders, mental disorders and the like.
Another source of illnesses is negligence, he says. When a body is overwrought, overstressed, something has got to give. Students vying for honors, workaholics driven by ambition, or those over-reaching their capabilities, are examples he cites as candidates for certain illnesses. Being careless with one’s health, the lack of adequate nutrition, the lack of sleep are all examples of negligence.
Still another source of illnesses is the variety of things we take in through the mouth: wrong foods that cause radical changes in levels of cholesterol, uric acid and other components of the blood — chicharon, bulalo, lechon — foods not needed by and in fact harmful to the body; and inordinate drinking of hard liquor that could eventually damage heart, liver, spleen and pancreas. And,” cigarettes! “If you have been smoking all your life”, he kids the smokers in the congregation, “and you get sick of Lung cancer, then go ahead and smoke. Stopping your smoking once you have contracted cancer of the lungs will not add four days to your life. So you might as well enjoy yourself”.
“But once you get sick of lung cancer, do something good for your soul. Go to third and fourth year classes in high schools, where smoking usually starts for young people, and tell them what smoking has done to you. If you are not yet sick, the time to stop smoking is NOW!”
Yet another cause of illness is contamination. “If you have body contact with someone sick of a communicable diseases, you are going to get it.”
A fifth source of illness which no one can remedy, not even God, is old age. Old age is the time for retirement from work, from vigorous play, from vigorous activities that could result in accidents, fractures, dislocations and the like. If one indulges in ballroom dancing, or picks up heavy things after a certain age when bones have become brittle, one is courting disaster. He advises the elderly to enjoy life, get more rest, get more sleep and grow old gracefully.
A sixth source of illness is accidents. There is no foretelling accidents — it could happen to the young or to the old. And serious accidents can make a person an invalid for life. In such a situation a care-giver becomes a necessity.
If illnesses do not come from God, then why should anyone blame God for his illness? Why ask the question, ‘Lord, why me? I have been good. Where is your sense of fairness?” Father Corsie’s advice: “Since death is inevitable for us all, talk to God. Tell him how sorry you are for your sins. Change your lives for the better. In many cases in the Bible where Jesus healed the sick, His words were ‘Go and sin no more’. Then beg for God’s mercy!” As the saying goes, God’s compassion is bigger than all our faults.
COMMENT: – There are many Divine, Spirital and Psychic Healers in the world, – so where do they get their amazing powers? It is not their own power, but powers given to them by their God, or the Creator of the Universe, via their own particular beliefs. The receiver usually cannot ask for such powers, but some of those selected were not particularly religious people, and have later questioned; – “Why did this happen to me?”
Father Corsie At Parish of St. Fabian, Philippines, Nov.2006
Fr. Corsie S. Legaspi of the Pinagpalang Kamay Healing Ministry celebrated a mass and conducted a healing session in the parish. The Mass started at 1 pm on 6th November 2008. The homily was dispensed with, because instead Fr. Corsie gave a lecture to the hundreds of parishioners that filled the parish church, who came as early as 8 o’clock in the morning. Fr. Corsie spoke with warmth and familiarity with the people that kept them laughing during his almost two hours of sharing his thoughts! His message about the causes of illnesses and why God is not the cause of our illnesses had the people realize how much we have abuse ourselves and put the blame on God for our wrong decisions. His message on the God’s mercy as main reason for all the miracles we have been praying for opened a lot of doubts, thereby putting trust in God as the key to our relationship to our God.
After his two talks, he called to the front the first twenty-five holders of certain color cards. Most of those who were prayed over by Fr. Corsie fell down, but were caught by designated “catchers”. The falling down is more popularly called “slain by the Spirit” or more appropriately as “resting in the Lord”.
Only when Fr. Corsie called those with “frozen” shoulders, (that is, those who could hardly or even raise their arms vertically), did the people witness God’s healing gift to the Parish of St. Fabian. All those who were seated in the center aisle of the church suffering from “frozen shoulders and arms” were prayed over by Fr. Corsie and received God’s healing grace! Father Corsie touched them individually, stretching their arms up, and they were healed in seconds. Some of those had been suffering for five years, unable to raise their arms. He called the parish priest at one point of the healing and asked him to be his “conduit”. Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, the parish priest, was held by Fr. Corsie while he was touching the patient. Fr. Corsie explained that Fr. Oliver became a conduit of God’s healing power. He did the same thing to a child and an old woman becoming conduits of God’s healing grace through Fr. Corsie.
The old lady from the town of Rosario, La Union was able to walk after years of being unable to do so because of arthritis. Fr. Corsie prayed over her and touched her. In seconds, she was able to stand up, and walked the whole length of the church from the back to the altar! The people were clapping when she was asked to introduce herself. She thanked and praised God, as tears flowed from her cheeks for the wonderful gift the Lord had given her.
Towards the end of the healing session, people lined up to touch him, six on each side of his arms. While they were touching him, Fr. Corsie was praying for them. The people prayed with him as a prayer leader led them in praying one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. Then the next twelve would line up and touch him. Fr. Corsie said that this had the same effect as if he would be praying over them individually. (The healing session ended at around 6 o’clock in the evening. There were about one thousand parishioners who came to the Mass and the healing session).