June 1, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – When Robert Canton woke up on Pentecost Day this year, he was excited.

In Edmonton from his home in Stockton, Calif., for the New Evangelization and Healing Conference, invited for his talent of the charismatic gift of healing, he knew the Lord was going to do something big.

After all, it was the day of Pentecost, the "birthday" of the Church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus' disciples. Already during the three-day conference at Edmonton's Mary Help of Christians Chinese Catholic Church, testimonies of miraculous healing through the Holy Spirit had been pouring in.

"The Holy Spirit is very alive and still active nowadays," said the lay evangelist. "That's why I'm very excited."

So Canton asked the Holy Spirit what he should say to the 300 or so expectant people who came to the third day of the conference on Sunday.

"I want them to know more of my Holy Spirit, because many of them don't have any idea what the Holy Spirit can do for them and through them," Canton said the Lord spoke into his heart.

Then, following his talk, he did a demonstration. Many people lined up in faith hoping for the healing of infirmities such as cancer, deafness and lameness.

They were not disappointed.

Canes, walkers and glasses were discarded and $6,000 hearing aids thrown aside, as many people heard clearly for the first time in years, saw clearly for the first time in years and walked boldly for the first time in years - drawing tears from astonished audience members.

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Cancer healing testimonies from the event have yet to be confirmed, but previous miracles performed through Canton, a member of the Vatican-based International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, include healing from cancer and infertility, and raising the dead back to life.

"We should all be making the blind see," he said. When Jesus raised the dead to life, healed the blind and the deaf, and proclaimed the Gospel, he did it all by the power of the Holy Spirit.

"If Jesus had to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, how much more that we should rely on the power of the Holy Spirit," he said.

Cory Yakimovich, chair of Catholic Renewal Services of Edmonton, said "Many people were very grateful that [Canton] came, very blessed that he came. They hadn't seen the Lord work in signs and wonders like this before."