This article was first published in the defunct Philippine Online Chronicles last March 2014. I am posting here as a tribute to Fr. Fernando Suarez who passed away on February 4, 2020, 3 days before his 53rd birthday. The word "controversial" was attached to his name as often as "faith healer." But it is said that it's not good to speak ill of the dead. And so let me give my share of writing about the good he has done when he was alive.
I am writing as a witness, a bystander looking through a window or a glassed cage, observing from the sidelines. This story is not about me. It is about Fr. Fernando Suarez, the healing priest.
It is not often one encounters such a phenomenal person in this modern world. I have the privilege of being able to hear a handful of masses of Father as well as participate in an intimate healing session of more or less 20 people. Even if I haven’t talked to him personally, I saw him, up close and personal. And this story is the most objective I can tell.