have been chosen as witnesses for the Lord.
Spread what you saw to people around you.”
I belong to St.
Andrew Kim Parish in Washington, D.C.
For sixteen days from the sixth of last month (May 1995) I visited,
together with several other parishioners, Toledo, Spain (a shrine of St.
Teresa of Avila); Lourdes, France; and Banneux, Belgium.
I am writing this testimony, because I feel impelled to do so after
the pilgrimage. Also, I
remember what Fr. Jerry Orbos said when a Eucharistic miracle occurred
through Julia Kim during a Mass in St. Francis Church at Lanciano, Italy,
three years ago: “You have been chosen as witnesses for the Lord.
Spread what you saw to people around you.”
As I begin writing, I pray to the Blessed Mother to be with me.
Five years ago,
in 1990, there was an international Marian conference at Duquesne
University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
I decided to attend the three-day conference, because I thought
that my devotion to the Blessed Mother was weak.
The conference was attended by about seven thousand people
including several hundred priests. Among
the guest speakers was Julia Kim from Korea.
For the past
twenty years of my life as an immigrant to the United States, I had felt
constrained because my English was not fluent and had never felt proud to
be a Korean. Before Julia
began speaking, the rosary prayer was offered; the first part was said in
Korean and the second part in English.
I prayed the Korean part as loudly as I could, feeling proud to be
a Korean. The languages were
different, but our hearts were united in prayer to the Lord and the
Blessed Mother. This
beautiful scene was made possible by Julia’s visit!
Besides, the Koreans attending this conference received so many
kisses. A large photograph of the Blessed Mother weeping tears of
blood in Naju was on display above the platform.
Every word that Julia said penetrated and moved the hearts of many
people and provided them with a turning point in their individualistic,
self-centered lives. Many
were shedding tears of repentance. I
also repented the superficiality of my faith life.
There were several very long lines of people waiting to make
Confession during the Conference.
Julia’s talk, seven thousand people including several bishops and many
priests and religious gave a standing ovation more than ten times.
There also was a miracle of the sun witnessed by many during the
conference. Julia’s visit
was reported by several newspapers including the New York Times and
TV stations. The presidential
staffs at the White House invited her for a talk.
In one of the rooms at the White House, Julia encouraged them to
work harder to stop abortions. Those
who invited Julia made reservation at a hotel, but, because Julia and her
companions preferred to stay at a Korean home, I volunteered to invite
them to my home. At that
time, I had no idea about what it involved to have Julia as a guest in my
home. After Julia and her
companions arrived in my home, many people found out about it and began
swarming to my home. For the
next fifteen days while Julia was in my home, many were healed of their
illnesses or their sorrows and anxieties turned into joy by Julia’s
prayer. I was awestruck.
One day, Julia
went to give a talk at a church in Baltimore. This church was located in the middle of a poor,
predominantly black district. There
was no unity among the Koreans, because the new Korean priest wanted to
start a Korean parish there, but many were against it because of the
problems in the neighborhood. Julia
visited this church and spoke for three hours.
One of the priests in the audience said that it was a miracle for
him to remain sitting for so long because he had suffered from much pain
in his side. Later I heard
that he did not have any more pain after that.
There also were many others healed during Julia’s visit.
That church became quite famous.
Also, a friend
of my husband’s had a son who had temporarily withdrawn from high school
because of an illness in his head. Nobody
knew the exact nature of the problem, but it was found that some bacteria
were eating away the upper portion of his skull, causing an intense
headache and keeping him awake at night.
He had surgery several times to remove the bacteria but to no
avail. Because the part of
the skull on which surgeries were performed was becoming thinner,
additional surgeries were not possible.
Even at the reputable Walter Reed Hospital, doctors did not have
any answer. I asked the
boy’s father to bring him to my home for Julia’s prayer, but he
hesitated. When I asked him
again later, he agreed on the condition that a confidential, private
meeting with Julia could be arranged.
Julia met the
boy in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in my home.
She asked the boy, “Will you become a Catholic, if you are
healed?” The boy said
that he would if he could enter a college.
After the boy made the promise, Julia prayed Our Father, Hail
Mary, and Glory Be asking the boy to repeat after her.
Then, as Julia stretched out her hand to touch the boy’s head, he
suddenly stepped backward, saying, “Why did you press it?”
Julia asked his father who was watching, “Did I press his
head?” The father said that she did not even touch it yet.
Nervously, the boy remained calm while Julia prayed for him, and
then went home. On the way
home, he told his father that, after so many visits to famous hospitals,
Julia was the first person who touched exactly where his pain was.
That night, the
boy’s father called us with much excitement in his voice, “He is
sleeping!” Later, he
called again, “He is still sleeping!”
The boy slept for 15 hours, and, when he woke up, he said, “Can
I visit her again?” Because
Julia only had three more days before leaving for Korea and there were so
many people seeking her prayers, another private meeting was not possible.
However, the boy was prayed over two more times in public
gatherings. He was completely
healed and is now a college junior.
were still many Koreans wanting to see and hear Julia, a retreat was
arranged in a hurry at a Korean Catholic church in Washington, D.C.
Many Americans learned about this and called the Archdiocesan
office about the location of the Korean church.
So, many Americans also came to the retreat. Julia spoke for five hours without an interpreter, but
everyone listened intently. Some
Americans in the audience later said that, even though they could not
understand a word, they were happy because they felt the Blessed
A Korean woman,
whom I had known, also came with her mother-in-law.
She was the one among several daughters-in-law whom their
mother-in-law hated most. This woman first hesitated to tell her mother-in-law about
Julia’s visit even though her mother-in-law had an aching side.
But, with courage, she told her mother-in-law about it, and they
came together. After Julia’s prayer for her, the mother-in-law was healed.
Afterwards, she said, “From now on, I only listen to her,”
referring to her daughter-in-law whom she had hated most but now loved
most. They became a holy,
another healing. After Julia
arrived for that retreat about 20 minutes before it began, she went to
bathroom four times, once every five minutes.
Julia told me that someone in the audience would be healed of
kidney disease. After the
retreat, I could not find anyone whose kidney disease was healed.
So, I forgot about it. Then,
about one year later, after Mass at the Korean church, a woman by the name
of Mrs. Yoon said to me, “Mrs. Chun, I have a confession to make. I was healed of a kidney problem during Julia’s visit.
I had suffered from it for a long time.
My urine had been mixed with blood.
I was completely healed and offered a Mass in thanksgiving.” I
said, “Why are you telling me now?” She
said, “I was not sure at first.”
I complained, “Still, you should have told me sooner.”
Mrs. Kim, who was listening, said, “I was also healed.
I had suffered from this disease for more than twenty years.
I even went to Seoul for treatment, but no improvement followed.
While Julia was praying for the whole audience that day, I felt my
whole body becoming very warm, and some rash appeared on my body.
A few days later, the rash disappeared and I was healed.
Until now, I have not had any problem.
I think that at least four persons were completely healed that day.
I thank God for them also.”
On the day
Julia and her companions were leaving for Korea, many people came to the
airport. People who hosted
the conference told me that more than 50 young men decided to enter the
seminary after hearing Julia’s talk and that they still receive about 50
phone calls every day about spiritual and physical healings. The presidential staffs at the White House told them that, as
soon as the message book in English became available, they would keep
several copies in the White House library.
Soon after Julia left for Korea, President George Bush announced a
statement to discourage abortions.
later, in 1992, I joined Julia’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Europe.
Because it was a sudden decision for me, the airfare was several
times higher than normal. But
my husband gladly encouraged me to go.
In Jerusalem, we were doing the Stations of the Cross at the Via
Dolorosa, where the Lord carried the Cross two thousand years ago.
Julia was suffering severely that day, but said that she would
carry the cross from the Third Station.
It was too heavy for any one person to carry.
Because of the weight of the cross and the warm weather, Julia was
sweating a lot. At the Sixth
Station (where St. Veronica wiped the Lord’s holy face), a woman from
the Philippines spontaneously wiped Julia’s face with a white
handkerchief. Then, to
everyone’s surprise, the handkerchief was wet with red blood instead of
sweat! Also, the surrounding
area became filled with an intense fragrance of roses.
Even the passers-by and merchants were experiencing the Lord’s
living presence. “The
Lord saved the whole world with His Cross.” There
were many Arab merchants on both sides of the Via Dolorosa.
We were surprised when we heard some of them speaking Korean
fluently, “Ma’am! Ma’am!
I will give you a good price.
Hurry up and come. I
will cut the price of this bag by half.”
Even at this moment when I write this testimony, how many people
would be selling Jesus’ name and crucify Him on the Cross again?
While being crucified on the Cross, Jesus prays for them, “Father,
forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.”
Praise and glory to Jesus forever and ever!
We were on the
airplane again and landed in Paris. Even
though it was a long flight, we began the sightseeing in Paris right away
instead of checking into a hotel first in order to save money.
We were so tired. When we were getting off the bus, I rolled down to the
ground. My ankle began
swelling a lot, and I could not walk.
With much difficulty, I managed to arrive at my hotel room,
supported by others. I had to
discontinue the trip. That
evening, Julia came to my room and said, “Let’s pray together.”
We prayed the rosary, and then she prayed more, holding a
photograph of the Blessed Mother shedding tears of blood.
In the middle of the prayer, I suddenly smelled an intense
fragrance of roses and, at that moment, the pain was gone and the swelling
on my ankle subsided like a deflating balloon.
I was able to continue the pilgrimage.
Then, we went
to Lanciano, a small city about three hours’ drive northeast from Rome,
where the first recorded Eucharistic miracle occurred twelve hundred years
ago. In 1970, there was a
thorough investigation by scientists from different countries. They found that the Eucharist that had miraculously turned
into visible flesh and blood during a Mass in the Eighth Century still
kept all the normal properties of human heart muscle. After
the investigation, all the non-Catholic members of the investigation team
converted to Catholicism. In
the same church where this miracle occurred, we offered a Mass celebrated
by Fr. Jerry Orbos. During
the Communion, the Sacred Host Julia received changed into visible flesh
and blood on her tongue. After
I took a photograph, I saw more blood.
After taking another photograph, I saw the flesh becoming thicker.
I took two more photographs. I
saw the Lord’s flesh and blood! Why
did He reveal to us through Julia the Mystery of the Eucharist?
Why does He have to suffer cruel physical pains?
I made a resolution to show and tell others that the bread and wine
consecrated in every Mass are truly the Lord’s flesh and blood.
Fr. Orbos’s words that we, who saw this miracle, were witnesses
for others always remain in my heart.
I regretted that I was hesitating to make the trip because of the
high airfare, and was grateful to my husband.
I thought how much better it would have been if he had come also.
In Lourdes I
saw that the Blessed Mother’s visit and message to St. Bernadette had
already been approved by the Church, and, as a result, huge crowds of
pilgrims were coming from all over the world, receiving so many graces of
conversion and healing. In
Banneux, Belgium also, I saw that the Blessed Mother’s apparitions had
been approved by the bishop, and a beautiful church had been built, where
pilgrims could visit and offer Masses.
I felt pain in my heart when I thought that the Blessed Mother
loved Korea so specially, as it is a land soaked with the blood of so many
martyrs, and gave many messages and signs for the past ten years, but we
have done very little so far and so many people are not accepting them
yet. Of course, the
investigation will take time. But
if one rejects it, jumping carelessly to a groundless conclusion that it
has all been a human fabrication, while it actually is coming from God, it
would be a grave mistake. It
gave me a chill in the spine to think about that.
In fact, I have always been a realistic person, not easily moved by
reports of miracles. But how
can I explain away what I saw and experienced on this trip?
I still pray that the Lord will lead me to become a person of faith
acceptable to Him, instead of having to rely on miracles to have faith.
I am trying to practice that faith by continuing to testify to
others about what I saw and experienced.
Mother of God, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
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