A Personal Testimony by Juliana Lee
My name is Juliana Yang-Nim Lee, a humble housewife
with three children living in Kwangju, Korea.
About ten years ago, I was in despair and depression
because of my husband's business failure and huge debts totaling about 300
million won (about $300,000). My husband left all the responsibility for
the children and the debt to me and ran away.
By that time, I had been leading a carefree life
decorating myself gaudily with heavy make-up, earrings as big as a fist,
and my hair dyed blonde. I did not have any working experience or any
other measures to counter the crisis. I was incapable of overcoming the
sudden hardship. I became hopeless and even wished to die, but could not
do it because of the children.
To make things worse, I was devastated by a diagnosis
of malignant tumors (two with a diameter of 3 cm and one with a diameter
of 2 cm) growing between the small intestine and the large intestine. I
made a reservation for surgery at the medical center at Seoul National
University, which had the best reputation in that area.
During the twenty-day period before the surgery, I
came down to Kwangju to prepare for the worst by making the confession and
receiving the Sacrament of the Sick. I kept taking painkillers because of
severe pains. At about this time, I began visiting the Blessed Mother's
House (the Chapel) in Naju, which I had heard about before.
While praying there, I asked more for my repentance
and salvation than for physical recovery. About fifteen days after I
began praying, I remembered my past sinful life like seeing a movie. I
realized my pride with which I believed that I was leading a good life,
even though I had committed mortal sins including the attempt to commit
suicide. I unceasingly shed tears of repentance, asking forgiveness from
the Lord and the Blessed Mother.
There were five Sisters near me in the Chapel also
praying. Suddenly, they said, "Oh, my! Sister! I smell powerful
fragrance of roses from you." At that moment, I became certain that
the Blessed Mother was healing me, and responded with Amen.
Soon I realized that the severe pains in my body
completely disappeared. From that day on, I have not taken any
painkillers. Soon, feeling much anxiousness, I went to the medical center
at Seoul National University for examination. To my great surprise and
joy, all three malignant tumors disappeared. The doctors were totally
amazed. They said, "This is very unusual!" They suggested further
tests on me as a study case. I underwent more than five tests, one each
month. The tests using a colonoscope were very painful, but I offered up
the pains for the conversion of sinners. After all the tests, the doctors
were completely convinced of my healing and were amazed.
Afterwards, I received a phone call or two per year
from the hospital, checking if I was doing okay. Just recently, I went
through a general examination again and the result, after ten years since
the surgery, was clean. I live a healthy and happy life. I have become
healthier spiritually and physically thanks to the graces from the Blessed
Mother of Naju. I have worked hard on my job and repaid all the debts
that my husband left me. My three children have grown up healthily in
body and mind. They have a good faith and study hard at school. Aren't
these graces from the Lord and the Blessed Mother in Naju?
Praying for the conversion of sinners and sick
families, I am joyfully looking after my mother-in-law, have forgiven my
husband, and are offering up sincere prayers of blessing for him. I
continue praying, firmly believing that my husband also will someday
receive the grace of repentance through the Blessed Mother of Naju.
Since my healing, I have never missed any of the
prayer meetings on First Saturdays and on Thursday evenings. I have done
this in gratitude to the Lord and the Blessed Mother for healing my soul
and body and also as a spiritual management of myself. Julia has
emphasized that receiving the graces is important but managing them well
is even more important.
If it were not for the Blessed Mother of Naju, I
would have walked the way of ruin throughout my life, lamenting over my
miserable life and blaming and hating my husband. Instead, I listened to
the messages of the Blessed Mother of Naju and, as a result, I am living a
life filled with joy, love, peace, and gratitude. I do not envy anything
in the world. I am so happy right now. I also give love and gratitude to
Julia who suffers pains all the time to bring graces to sinners like me.
I do not have any human ambition. The only wish that
I have is that the Blessed Mother be approved soon so that the numerous
souls in the world who have lost their way, are wandering, are struggling
in the world and in their sins, and are thirsting for the sweet rain from
above may be saved like me.