Friday, March 25, 2011

Marino Restrepo: Testimony on Purgatory and His Conversion Experience

"...we are just dust and we are going to be buried...the only thing that is going to be left of us is the love that we give--not the love that we receive--the love that we give.  That's all that's going to be left of us.  It is the only money that is going to be deposited in Heaven--love.  So let's put money in Heaven's bank.  Let's deposit love."
~ Marino Restrepo ~

Marino's life took a drastic turn during his visit to his hometown in Colombia at midnight on Christmas Eve in 1997. While he was driving into the ranch of one of his uncles where he was to spend the night, he was kidnapped by the Colombian rebels of the FARC (Revolutionary Arm Forces of Colombia) and taken to the jungle as a hostage for six months. During the first fifteen days of his kidnapping, he was kept in a cave with bats and different kinds of bugs while the captors were waiting for the rebels to pick him up. In that very cave, and after finding out that he was sentenced to death by his captors, he went through a mystical experience with God that changed his life forever. Five and a half months later, Marino was miraculously released from captivity after a miracle of God, and after his release he went back to his Catholic faith. Eighteen months later he became a full time missionary for the Catholic Church leaving all of his past, and his worldly possessions behind. constantly on the road of the mission around the world. Marino's testimony has been put into a book that he wrote and he is currently developing other teachings in writing, video and audio formats. All materials are available via this web page. Marino travels giving conferences and he can also be booked through this page as well.

Marino Restrepo on Purgatory:

Marino Restrepo Conversion Testimony:


Anne said...

I had never heard of this chap called Marino, thanks for mentioning him. Is he some kind of visionary too?

one grateful heart said...

Anne, he had a mystical experience while he was a prisoner in a cave, at which time he claims much was revealed to him. I don't know if he has ever had more mystical experiences after that.

Stephen Monette said...

He has - such as when he was asked by Jesus to become a missionary and when he was allowed to see that an unknown woman in an audience was the one who was pumping life into her church.
Thank you for introducing Marino and posting these talks in your blog. I too feel the urgency to spread the word about Marino and his testimony. It has recently been the tool God used to renew my fervor and receive a new interior light regarding God and the eternal truths and mysteries of our beautiful faith. It's as though I had not known God or myself up to this point in my life, as though I had seen him, and therefore myself, through a filthy window, smudged by my sin and fears. His testimony led me to awaken, as it were, to reality as it is being created by our Beloved. I had always struggled in prayer to this point to know and love the person of Jesus Christ, but this testimony opened the eyes of my heart to see him - not through any mystical vision - but with a new brilliant light and clarity that leaves me no doubt that what I've experienced comes from His Sacred Heart. It also whets my appetite to delve into the mystery of God; to sacrifice my Isaac; to journey with renewed vigor and without fear alongside my guardian angel, the saints, and Mary; and to pour out my life for Jesus Christ who visits me in every single person I encounter every day. Praised be Jesus Christ!