282-2 Samjung-dong, Ojung-ku
Buchon City, Kyungki Province, Korea
August 4, 2001
I am Anastashia Koh from Buchon.
Most of the
young couples who do not know about the Blessed Mother of Naju practice
artificial birth control after they have their desired number of children.
If they find themselves with more children conceived against their
intention, they spontaneously resort to abortions.
Of course, before I became a Catholic, I myself was accepting that
as quite normal. I did not
know that abortion was a sin. When
I was preparing to be baptized in the Catholic Church one year prior to
marriage, I was taught the natural way of family planning.
we had two children. Then, I
suddenly found myself pregnant with a third child.
Because we did not want any more children, we were very worried.
My husband strongly insisted on abortion, but I did not think that
I could abort my own child. While agonizing about this problem, I learned that Julia Kim
was coming to speak at a retreat at our parish church. It was my first retreat after I became a Catholic.
retreat, Julia told the audience that, according to the Blessed Mother’s
message, abortion was murder. Thanks
to the graces I received during this retreat, I was able to accept my
third child naturally. I
became so encouraged by the Blessed Mother’s message that I was able to
tell my husband that I would not do abort the child even if it meant
divorce. Objections and criticisms around me continued, but I listened
to the message tape every day and finally gave a birth to my third child
without any complication.
After that, I
frequently told young expecting mothers about the Blessed Mother’s
message and the seriousness of abortions.
Many of them have tests, fearing that their children might be
deformed. I know one case
where the test showed that the baby lacked much of its brain
(anencephaly), and the baby was aborted in the third or fourth month of
pregnancy. So I play the
message tape from Naju to many young expecting mothers and encourage them
to entrust everything to the Lord and the Blessed Mother and give birth to
After I had my
third baby, I became pregnant again.
One of the nurses at the hospital called me “a barbarian,”
but I did give birth to my fourth child.
People around me have continued to give me cold eyes and
criticizing words, which sometimes makes me depressed, but I have been
able to easily overcome them since I knew the Blessed Mother of Naju.
Now, the more criticisms I hear, the more courageous I become,
confronting them with a renewed determination:
“I am willing to give birth to ten babies or maybe twenty.”
Now I have six children. Some
people advise me to start practicing artificial birth control, but I do
not even imagine that, remembering the Blessed Mother’s message that she
was suffering so much in her Heart because of the unlimited birth control
in the world.
those women who are in their 40s become pregnant, they do not hesitate to
have abortions, committing the terrible sins of cruelly murdering innocent
lives. There are just too
many such people around me.
I ask all the
sisters who know the Blessed Mother of Naju:
If you know any persons who are pregnant in their late years and
are considering abortion, please tell them about the Blessed Mother’s
message and encourage them to give birth to their babies.
How sad it would be if we stop spreading the messages and keep
hiding the graces we have received simply because Naju is under
persecution! Let us have
total confidence in the Blessed Mother and bravely give testimony to the
graces we have received. That
way we can share with our neighbors the graces from the Blessed Mother.
Let us pray for each other and try to courageously make the graces
from the Blessed Mother known.