the morning of March 3, 1993, Stanley Villavicencio's mother-in-law
discovered Stanley moaning and shivering violently in his
bed with blood spouting from his mouth. A relative, who
is a registered nurse, was called but failed to find a pulse.
Already his heart beat had come to a near halt and his eyes
had turned white.
He was rushed to
Chung Wah Hospital where he was immediately placed in intensive
care. His family was told by medical experts that he only
had a one-in-a-million chance of survival. His organs had
failed and when doctors attempted a blood transfusion they
found that the blood was so thick it was unable to circulate
around his body.
His wife duly phoned
home and arranged for his burial in the family plot. Four
of his relatives, who are doctors, were asked for permission
to turn off the life support machine, but they refused.
members kept a bed side vigil praying at his side, all hope
had been given up of a recovery.
During the three
days of coma it had been established that he was clinically
dead, but as he was to reveal later he was very much alive.
I saw my whole life
pass before me as if in a video screen, everything I ever
did was there being replayed before me. During this time
I saw a bright light. It was like a fog that was slowly
evaporating. As the fog disappeared I saw someone dressed
in white who I thought was Jesus. The figure stood by me
and we relived my life from childhood to that day. As my
life passed before me I could see all the good deeds I had
done, but when I committed something really bad it was slowed
down and enlarged as if to make the point."
Stanley says that
as part of his deal to live, he gave a commitment to go
through the world delivering a message from God.
I was also told
that Jesus would visit me whenever there was a message through
At the end of the
vision, he was given a gift of the recorded message of the
Divine Mercy dictated to Saint Faustina in the mid 1930s.
Stanley woke from
his coma so suddenly that the nurse on duty ran from the
ward in shock. When doctors arrived they were dumbfounded.
The man they had declared clinically dead was now conscious
with no sign of brain damage or loss of blood.
In following days,
he was subjected to a series of medical tests and was found
to be in perfect health. Pronounced fit, he left the hospital
and arrived home to find his family making funeral arrangements.
When he walked in, they fled thinking he was a ghost.
Touched by the mysterious
events, the doctor who treated Stanley declared it a miracle
and left the medical profession to join a Jesuit order to
train for the priesthood.
Since that time,
Stanley has been evangelizing through the Pacific, visiting
hundreds of churches with the support of two cardinals and
a number of bishops, according to Dr. Thatcher and Stanley,
and will appear on October 9 at an all-day prayer vigil
at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington,
D.C. with other speakers.
Stanley claims that
Jesus visits him regularly and, like many others, says he
We present a brief
interview conducted with Stanley. But first a word of caution.
During the past ten years, many of those claiming such prophetic
gifts have proven to have serious problems. One indication
can be the creation of a frenzy. The deception can be very
tricky. Too many people make evaluations based on good first
impressions or because respected prominent people are associated
with them. We believe in testing the spirits (1 John 4:1).
Indeed, the majority of cases involve questions, and in
the end, Stanley may be no exception.
The formal documentation
of his "death" needs to be directly detailed by hospital
personnel. In the interview with Spirit Daily, Stanley offered
his opinion that when Christ comes, it will not be the end
of the world, but the end of an "era" -- a view that may
contradict the official teachings of the Catholic Church
(see the Catechism 675-681).
The following is
a National Radio interview with Stanley who states that
Christ will soon return.
"When they say you
were dead for three days, Stanley, were you in a coma or
were you clinically dead?"
"They called it
clinically dead. I was still in the sick-care unit."
"Did you see heaven?"
"Was it all these
"What I saw was
a garden, and [since that time] someone has called it the
Garden of Eden."
"It was like the
Garden of Eden?"
"Were there flowers
"Yes. All sorts
"Was the light different
"I was not able
to see it."
"Did you see angels?"
"No. Only Jesus
"Did he look like
the Shroud of Turin?"
"To me he looked
like the picture of the Sacred Heart, the one looking upward."
"Were you also shown
purgatory and hell?"
"No. Only heaven."
"There are a lot of people here
in the United States who say that you made a prediction
of event that is coming in October. Is that true?"
"No. I did not give any prediction."
"So you didn't say anything about
"I did not say anything."
"Stanley, what do
you think of the state of the world right now and its morality?"
"Right now the morality
is the lowest."
"Do you believe
that God will purify the world soon, that he will react
to all the immorality, the evil and the sin?"
"Yes, maybe. But
Jesus is not coming as of now to judge, but He's coming
to offer his mercy."
"Are you saying
it's the Second Coming?"
"He is coming soon,
but there isn't an exact date."
"He told you he
is coming soon?"
"Yes, but there
is no exact date."
"Did he say that
you will see him?"
"So it will be in
"Is there anything
else he told you about what would be coming?"
"As of now he gives
priority for his mercy. He's offering his mercy to the people
[this was as of the experience in 1993], because he said
now is the time for mercy. It is that we can reconcile to
God. Now is the time to reconcile to our family. Now is
the time to reconcile to everybody -- not tomorrow -- because
when tomorrow comes it is already today."
"Do you believe
"Yeah, I do believe."
"They said humankind
faces chastisements for the sins. What about that? Is that
what Jesus was indicating to you, that he is coming with
mercy but we better straighten out or there will be problems?"
"We have to repent
now. We have to make reparation now."
"Or else there will
be problems later?"
"In the Bible it
says that when Jesus comes it will be the end of the world,
or at least this is how the Catholic Church interprets it.
Are you saying that we may be approaching the end of the
"I don't think so,
no. Maybe an end of an era, but not the end of the world."
"Do you think that
Jesus is coming as the Final Coming, or as an apparition?"
"I do not know.
He said he is coming, but I do not know exactly what that
"With your spiritual
eyesight, can you now see things you couldn't see before?
Do you have experiences you did not have before?"
how are you?"
"Physically I am
"Is there anything
else you remember from the time you were dead besides the
meeting with Jesus?"
"Yeah, I remember when Jesus showed
me the film of my life."
says Jesus drew down a colored cloud and Stanley saw every
moment of his life in that cloud. When he has sinned, the
film slowed. When there was a mortal sin it stopped. It
was humiliating to relive the sinful moments, every one
of which was recorded.
"Were you surprised
at some of the sins? Can you think of one example of something
that was a sin that you didn't think was a sin?"
I am teasing my friends. I thought it was just a joke, but
there are times when a joke creates damage. There are jokes
that we think are just ordinary jokes, but create damage,
so it is already a sin."
"So you were shown
how you affect other people?"
Stanley urges people
to do acts of mercy and to take advantage of indulgences
this Jubilee Year, especially going through the "holy doors"
designated in every Catholic diocese.
"No heaven can come to
us unless our hearts find rest in it today."
- Fra Giovanni