My family is being sanctified by turning my life into
prayers and by practicing the Blessed Mother's messages of love
My name is John the Baptist Ji-Sung Kim from the Dong
Daeshin Parish in the Busan Diocese. As I have received the graces of
repentance and am living the life of resurrection through the Blessed
Mother, I would like to share these graces with you.
It was in 2001 that I first learned about the Blessed
Mother of Naju by visiting the Mary's Ark of Salvation website on
the internet almost by accident. After I began learning about the Blessed
Mother of Naju, I gradually realized that I had been committing all the
sins mentioned in the Ten Commandments except the sin of murder for ten
years during which I had not been practicing the faith. I had been so
deeply mired in the secular life that God probably thought that He could
not tolerate my condition any longer. In April 2003, the right side of my
face became paralyzed through a viral infection of the nerve cells. At
first, it did not seem too serious, as I understood that a facial
paralysis could usually heal in about ten days by acupuncture. The doctor
said, however, that my case was caused by viruses and would take about a
year to heal. I was hospitalized, but, as it did not seem to help, I
decided to go home and receive treatment through regular visits to the
hospital. While waiting to be discharged from the hospital, I suddenly
began vividly remembering the image of the Blessed Mother's face shedding
tears of blood. I felt strongly that the Blessed Mother was calling me
through this illness. After I got home, I visited the website again at
www.najumary.or.kr. Now, my spiritual eyes were opening, and I
was reading the messages more avidly. I began realizing that the Blessed
Mother's messages were meant for me and that she was shedding tears and
tears of blood because of me.
Thus, I began making efforts to practice the Blessed
Mother's messages, reading the Bible and praying every day. My soul was
changing. To give thanks to the Blessed Mother for this and also to pray
for healing of my physical illness, I visited the Blessed Mother's House
(the Chapel in Naju) for the first time on the First Saturday of June.
Soon my facial problem improved, and now it is almost completely normal.
I have also been healed of so many evil habits of mine through turning my
whole life into prayers. I was carrying in my pocket the booklet on how
to convert our lives into prayers.
I used to have the habit of not talking to others
easily or being kind to them. So, even when my father came to my house, I
hardly talked to him. Now, after I began reading the Blessed Mother's
messages in Naju, I talk more easily to my father and obey him more
promptly. Now my relationship with my father improved a lot, and this
also brought more peace and harmony to the whole family.
Before, I never did the dishes or cleaned the rooms.
I used to think that those were not men's work. Now, to practice the
turning of my life into prayers as explained by Julia, I willingly do the
dishes and clean the rooms, at the same time, praying for my soul, my
father, other family members, and all others around me. I have also
learned that, by praying for others, my merits accumulate also. As the
old saying goes, I am catching two birds with the same stone. Thanks to
this method of prayer explained by Julia, my soul is becoming healthier
and the relationship in my family is becoming more harmonious. I am so
happy. When there are more dishes to wash, I am even happier, because I
think, "There are more souls who will repent today!"
I also had a habit of looking at obscene images on
the internet, but now I pray when I turn on the computer, "Lord, grant
me the graces to glorify You more by using this computer. Amen." As
I feel the presence of Jesus and the Blessed Mother by my side, I simply
cannot open the bad images on the screen.
There is another lesson I have learned from
consecrating my life to the Lord and converting my whole life into
prayers. It is the true meaning of saying: It is my fault, which
Julia emphasizes throughout her diary. During the prayers at Mass, we
say, "It is my fault," but I was not practicing this in my real
life. Now I learned how to practice it from Julia's examples and words.
Thus, for the past seven or eight months, the Blessed
Mother of Naju has been transforming me from living a secular life into
knowing God through her. I am so grateful.
I also had a bad habit of drinking without
restraint. Once I began drinking, I kept drinking until dawn. God
enabled me to stop drinking through my illness. All my praise, gratitude,
and glory to God the Father! Also, my sincere gratitude to the Lord and
the Blessed Mother!
John the Baptist Ji-Sung Kim
Jungrim Park #109
63-245 3-ga Dong-Daeshin Dong
Seo-Gu, Busan, Korea