Rev. Corsie Legaspi from the Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Rosario, Cavite held his healing ceremony and mass April 10. Parishioners with everything from cancerous tumors to sore limbs turned out, looking for a miracle.
Father Corsie Legaspi lays his hands on the forehead of those who seek help.
Bishop Lawrence Thienchai, who hosted the mass, stressed that it wasn’t Legaspi himself that could heal people but that the priest was merely a conduit between the infirm and the power of God.
The cancer patients were first in line. Legaspi touched their foreheads and many collapsed, whether through mere fainting or from “resting in the spirits” as believers in Charismatic sect believe. They were laid on the floor and awoke shortly after.
Legaspi’s specialty is dealing with frozen limbs. People who claimed to be unable to move raise their arms or legs found themselves again able to move after a touch from the famous healer. At times Legaspi picked people from the audience to help him touch the ill and heal them. Each time a formerly infirm parishioner moved again the crowd broke into applause.
Egil Melhustro and Pat Burbridge claimed to be two of those. Egil said that immediately after being touched he sensed a kind of electricity and could lift both his arms equally high. Pat said she experienced only an alarming that caused her shoulders to stop aching and equalized the length of her arms.
Legaspi believes he obtained his ability in 1975 after a Charismatics prayer meeting when people collapsed after he touched them during prayer. He purports that after a subsequent lengthy prayer his mother, terminally ill with lung cancer, awoke from her comatose state to walk again. He’s traveled the world ever since, hosting healing ceremonies.
Three women volunteers claimed they came into the service with breast cancer and that Lepaspi healed them. Frenchwoman Laurence Fatus was used to verify the supposed miracle, telling a reporter she felt the blastomas dissolve under the priest’s touch.
The service ended with Legaspi meditating and the curious and hopeful touching his hands, fingers and clothes, hoping a little magic would rub off on them.