IS THE FRAGRANCE OF THE
BLESSED MOTHER OF NAJU!”
I am Elizabeth Kim from the Yangjae-dong Parish in Seoul. Last year, on March 12, I was on an airplane to Italy
together with several other parishioners to visit Vatican City and other
shrines in Rome. In order to
spread the information on Naju to people in Rome, I took color photographs
of the Blessed Mother weeping tears and tears of blood and of the
Eucharistic miracle of October 31, 1995, in Vatican City witnessed by the
arrival in Rome, we visited Vatican City for an audience with the Holy
Father. We were all dressed
up in beautiful Korean clothes and waited for the Holy Father, but
suddenly I remembered that I forgot to bring the photographs. I was heartened, however, when I learned that the priest who
was guiding us had a deep love for the Blessed Mother of Naju and also met
other pilgrims who were ardently praying for the Blessed Mother of Naju.
I said to the Blessed Mother in my heart, “Blessed Mother!
I am sorry. Next time,
I will not forget.” Then,
I thought how wonderful it would be if I could hold the Holy Father’s
hands during the audience. The
audience was over, and we came back to the Franciscan monastery where we
were staying. Then, the abbot celebrated a special Mass with us.
During the Mass, I found several photographs of the Blessed Mother
of Naju weeping tears of blood in my prayer book and was wondering to whom
I should give them. Because
the Italian lady who was sitting next to me during Mass looked very sick,
I gave a photograph to her after Mass, saying, “Naju Mama Mary!”
She seemed very surprised and said, “Naju, Naju!”
Then, she said that she had seen a TV program on Naju aired all
over Italy. She touched her sick, swollen belly with the photograph and
devoutly prayed. I was very
A week later,
we were getting ready for another audience with the Holy Father.
I made sure to take the photographs and prayed that I could make
the Blessed Mother of Naju known to many people.
The audience hall was again packed with pilgrims including many
priests. It was still two
hours before the scheduled audience.
I showed the photographs to people around me, saying, “I am
from Korea. Have you heard
about the Blessed Mother of Naju?”
Because my English was short, I explained the photographs making
hand gestures. Everybody
seemed to have understood. They
looked happy and said, “Oh! We know the Blessed Mother of Naju!”
I felt very elated. Then,
we had a Mass together. Pilgrims
from different countries sang hymns in their own languages.
So, when it was our turn, we sang “Mary’s Ark of
Salvation” in Korean. At
that moment, the audience hall was filled with a powerful fragrance of
roses. Many people were shouting with joy. We were indescribably happy, because we were sure that the
Blessed Mother was with us.
Holy Father came into the hall. I
asked the Blessed Mother to let me hold the Holy Father’s hands.
Again, there was an intense fragrance of roses.
A person behind me said, “It is a fragrance!”
Promptly I said, “It is the fragrance of the Blessed Mother of
As the Holy
Father came near us, we stood up and received his blessing.
People behind us pulled us and pinched us, asking us to sit down,
but we remained standing. When a woman stretched out her hand to touch the
Holy Father, a security guard stopped her by hitting her arm.
When the Holy Father came close to me, to my great surprise, the
same security guard pulled my hand and let me touch the Holy Father’s
hand. It was totally the
Blessed Mother’s work. With
much joy, I touched the Holy Father’s hand and wanted to hold it
tightly. But when I held his
hand, it was so thin, just skin over bones.
I could not hold his hand tightly.
Instead, I let go of it and cried.
I shed tears thinking that I was able to hold the Holy Father’s
hand thanks to the grace from the Blessed Mother, but she wanted me to
pray much for the Holy Father who was so weak physically.
now, I feel so sorry that I did not take more photographs on the trip.
When you visit shrines abroad, be courageous and become the
apostles of the Blessed Mother of Naju, making her known to as many people
as possible! The Blessed
Mother will help you in everything. Thank
11-68 Yangjae-dong, Seocho-ku
January 6, 2002