WAS GIVEN A NEW LIFE IN MY SOUL
THROUGH MY DAUGHTER’S SUFFERING
I am Michael Hong from Hwasung City in Kyungki Province.
I had been a
fallen-away Catholic for more than ten years, but, earlier this year,
thanks to the special graces from the Blessed Mother of Naju, I was called
back to the Church, regained my faith, and was given a new life in my dead
soul. I am so grateful.
In January of
this year, my elder sister fell down some stairs while going to a karaoke
bar and died of a cerebral concussion.
Soon afterwards, my daughter became sick.
On February 28, she was hospitalized for tests, and was diagnosed
with a brain tumor. Watching
her struggling with so much pain and being unable to do anything to help
her, I felt as though my blood was drying up and prayed, “Lord, if
Thou hast to take her away, please take her soon so that she may suffer
less.” My wife and I began a novena prayer. Because my wife was a lay leader in the parish, many
parishioners visited our home and prayed for our daughter.
While we were offering the nine-day rosary prayers, I realized, for
the first time in my 45-year life until then, the true depth of parental
love. One day when several
parishioners were visiting our home and praying, one lady who had been
making pilgrimages to Naju said, “I smell an intense odor of
something burning. Is there
some food burning in the kitchen?”
My wife went to the kitchen and then looked around the house, but
she could not find anything burning.
At that moment, I came home from work and smelled some disgusting
odor as if a corpse were burning. The
lady who had been making pilgrimages to Naju said that it probably was the
odor of burning the devils. This
intense odor was smelled on two occasions during the parishioners’ visit
and prayer that day.
later, the lady who had been making pilgrimages to Naju gave us a color
photograph of the Blessed Mother’s statue in Naju. We smelled a strong fragrance of roses from it.
Also when we touched the Blessed Mother’s hands on her replica
statue, her hands moved up and down and sideways.
Our daughter also saw in her dream a white dove, representing the
Holy Spirit, flying into her room through the window.
After these experiences, we became certain that our daughter would
soon receive the grace of healing.
the six months of her illness, medical bills accumulated totaling more
than 20 million won (about 20,000 U.S. dollars). We were able to pay this amount with the money I received
from a settlement over a traffic accident that I was involved in last year
(September 2000). Because my
wounds healed quickly without any aftereffects, most of that money was
available to pay my daughter’s medical bills.
We saw a pre-arrangement by the Lord in this matter.
the pains that our daughter suffered, the Blessed Mother of Naju awakened
our souls. My wife and I
regained the faith through our daughter’s sufferings.
Now we are trying to be true Catholics who do not offer prayers in
superficial ways but really work on sanctifying their family and spreading
the love from the Lord and the Blessed Mother of Naju to others.
As somebody explained during his testimony at a retreat in our
diocese, the devil really works hard to harm people and incapacitate their
souls. I was also overjoyed
when I heard a priest speak very favorably on Naju in his homily during a
Mass at a Catholic shrine (in Korea).