with Alan Ames / Australia
I began to feel the love of God
Personal details: Alan Ames, born in 1953, grown up in London, since youth trapped in poverty, violence and alcohol. Member of a motorcycle-gang. Married with Kathryn, two children. Emigration to Australia, there great success with good job and in sports. Captain of the Australian National Team in Aikido during World Championships in 1992. One year later turning point: encounter with God, inner healing and healing of addictions. Under the wing of archbishop Hickey worldwide evangelisation and healing service. Renowned speaker at Catholic mega-events (WYD 2002, Eucharistic Conferences etc.). Countless talks and healing prayers in Europe, Australia, USA, but also in the Third World.
kath.net: Alan, more than 10 years ago, according to your statements, an angel and later Saint Teresa of Avila appeared to you, as well as the apostles Andrew and Mathew. How did that come to happen and what were the effects?
It began in 1993 when at first I heard a voice saying it was an angel
which God had sent to tell me that God did love me and offered forgiveness
to me and that God loved all people offering every other person forgiveness,
too. That even the worst sinner in the world was loved by God, of
course, God did not like the sin but that always He loved the person.
kath.net: Later on, Our Lady appeared. What did she tell you?
Our Blessed Mother started appearing to me some months later. She
told me she was my mother and that she loved me and all people as
a mother. She asked me to call her mother so now I call her 'Mum'.
From the beginning, Our Lady encouraged me to look to God and to put
God first in my life. She told me that all she wanted to do for me
and for others was to lead us deeper into the heart of God so that
everyone could find true love and true life. Our Lady also explained
to me the depth of God's love for mankind and how the depth of God's
love could be seen in God's Son Jesus who, of course, is her son,
too. She told me that The Lord Jesus was my brother and that all people
were His brothers and sisters. That all people were part of the family
of God and that people should try to live as part of God's family
because in doing so, goodness would come into their lives. That God
wanted only to bring happiness and love to His family but how foolishly
many people deny themselves this by denying the fact that they are
part of God's family.
kath.net: On 19th December, 1994, God the Father had a message for you. How should we understand this, or, how did you see God the Father and how was the message given?
God the Father began speaking to me about the love of God for mankind
and how through prayer, mankind can be opened to His love. The Father
confirmed the Holy Trinity being the one true God and that The Lord
Jesus was His Son who came to earth to show mankind the way to live
a good life, to find salvation and to find the way home to heaven.
kath.net: Do you still have apparitions?
Alan: The visions and locutions continue each day for more than ten years and The Lord Jesus says they will continue as long as I keep living the Catholic life in the sacraments, prayer, Holy Scripture and obedience to the Catholic Church. I pray that I can persevere in living this way as I never want to deny God in my life again.
kath.net: For a good number of years, there have been many "prayer meetings with Alan Ames". What exactly happens there?
Alan: At the meetings there first is a Holy Mass as all healing comes from The Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. After Mass I speak for about 45 minutes about my conversion and about the sacraments and the faith. People are advised to have a good confession as reconciliation is essential to true healing. Then people are invited to come for healing prayers. As I pray with people I just ask that God heals them in the best way for them and leave it in His hands.
kath.net: During the praying over, there also is the so-called "resting in the Spirit". What is this and what do you tell critics who are sceptical about how to take this?
Alan: It is true that people sometimes fall down in what is referred to as 'Resting in the Spirit'. Usually a few fall down but sometimes nearly all fall down or maybe none fall down. However, it is not the falling down that is important because whether people fall down or not, the healings are always strong. What is important is that God's will be done and so if it is His will people fall down then that is good but if it is His will none fall down that is good, too. There are those who do not understand the falling down and might be afraid of it but there is nothing to fear as normally when this happens it is part of a healing and is a good experience. There are people to catch anyone who falls so none should be hurt. Some think I push the people down but I only touch very lightly each person for one or two seconds and do not push them at all, so if they fall down, it is not me forcing them down. Often those who fall down talk of wonderful experiences with God or Our Lady during this time. To those who are sceptical I say, look at the results, see the people who are healed or have good experiences through the prayers. How can I heal people, how can I make people's lives change for the better, how can I strengthen people's faith just by pushing them over for a few seconds? Try pushing people over yourself and see if it has these effects and, of course, it will not. So then, what is causing this? Surely it is a power far greater than human power, surely it is the power of Jesus in the Holy Mass and the Holy Spirit in confession and God in the prayers. Look at all the good results and why then complain over good happening, and as we know all good comes from God then surely this is where this is from.
kath.net: There are many reports of healings. Could you tell us something about that? Are physical healings being cross-checked by doctors and verified?
There have been many reports of healings by the grace of God and I
thank God for them. I always ask people to see their doctors to get
confirmation of their healing, which some do but most do not.
kath.net: What is your relationship with your bishop? Does he support you?
Alan: My bishop is Archbishop B.J.Hickey. When this all began I went and spoke to him about my experiences. The Archbishop gave me permission to speak and to pray for healing and he appointed a spiritual director to investigate and watch over what was happening and to help guide me in my work for God. It has been eleven years now that I have had the continued support of Archbishop Hickey who encourages me in the work I do.
kath.net: What do you think is "your mission" for the Church and for mankind?
My mission is the same mission all Catholics have and that is to spread
the love of God and to bring all people to know the fullness of God's
love in Jesus Christ Our Lord and through the Catholic Church.
kath.net: Today, there are many "mystics" who want to get attention. Why did you go out in public? Was this an easy step for you? Or what is the "benefit" you have from that?
I went out in public because God asked me to. How could I not go to
others for once I came to know the sweetness of God's love I wanted
all to share with me this greatest of all loves. It was not easy as
I had to give up a well paying job and change my life completely.
kath.net: Thank you very much for the interview.
Forthcoming talks and healing prayers with Alan Ames are scheduled for 13th - 22nd September, 2005, in Switzerland, Austria and Southern Germany. Find details in August at www.alanames.org/de
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