you, Blessed Mother, for freeing my brother from
the devil of alcoholism.”
211-444 Sangdo 4-dong
Dongjak-ku, Seoul, Korea
September 2, 2001
Jesus! I myself have received
countless graces from the Blessed Mother of Naju, but today I would like
to share with you the grace that my younger brother received.
brother had been an alcoholic for 17 years until recently.
Many people around him as well as himself had suffered so much
because of it. On those days
when he was drunk and behaved in disorderly ways, not only his own home
but also his whole neighborhood were greatly disturbed because of the
noise he made and even the damage to property he sometimes caused.
Even several of his fellow parishioners had a hard time trying to
made many efforts to help him. I
prayed every day and fasted during Lent for him, but he did not change.
year I was again offering six consecutive novenas of rosary prayers for
him. While continuing the
novena prayers, I visited Naju in May of this year.
I began praying the rosary before the Blessed Mother’s statue on
the mountain in Naju, and, suddenly, smelled an intense odor of soju
(a Korean liquor), of which I was so sick and tired because I had smelled
it so many times for so many years. Thinking
that somebody who really liked to drink was drinking again even on the
Blessed Mother’s mountain, I looked around, but there was nobody else on
the mountain. I was amazed and continued to pray, but the strong odor of soju
continued. While meditating
on the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary, I could clearly see in my mind
the Blessed Mother standing, trampling the serpent under her feet.
At that moment, I became certain that the Blessed Mother captured
the devil of drunkenness and was trampling him under her feet.
I offered up a prayer of thanksgiving, “Thank you, Blessed
Mother, for freeing my brother from the devil of alcoholism.”
When I came home, I saw my brother really not drinking alcoholic
beverages any more. He
discontinued it completely. It
was a miracle! I was totally convinced that it was a grace from the Blessed
to the Lord and praise and gratitude to the Blessed Mother!