THE BLESSED MOTHER OF NAJU MELTED MY HEART
I had heart surgery and had a metallic device inside my
heart to help blood circulation. Because of this, travelling was very
difficult for me. Despite the difficulty, I went to Korea to visit my
relatives and friends in March of 1996, which was my first trip back to
Korea in 17 years. I was carrying some medicine for a possible emergency
like a heart attack.
After I visited my relatives and friends, my sister,
Theresa, took me to the Blessed Mothers House (=the Chapel) in Naju. I
had been so anxious to visit that place. After praying before the Blessed
Mothers statue, I asked people working there if I could meet Julia. My
prayer was answered, and I attended Mass in the Parish Church together
with Julia. She sat close to me and held my hand tightly while praying. I
felt that I was enveloped with love. After Mass, we came back to the
Chapel, filled with joy. We took photographs and prayed in the Chapel.
Julia was in pains and went to her house (next to the Chapel), supported
by a woman.
When we were getting ready to leave, a young woman
asked me to wait a while. I was wondering if she was going to let me see
Julia again. Instead, I was given many photographs of the Blessed Mother,
newspapers, testimony books, and photo albums. When I came out of the
Chapel to the front yard, my sister and the driver were looking at me with
happy faces. My sister said with much joy, "If the young lady in
the Chapel did not ask you to stay longer, we could have had an accident
on the way home!" I did not understand why she was saying that.
She continued, "While we were waiting for you, the driver found
one of the tires punctured and had it fixed at a nearby service
station." At the moment I heard this, I became amazed at the
Providence of God and screamed, "Praise and gratitude to the
Blessed Mother!" for allowing us to experience Gods great
power and mercy and to realize more deeply the Blessed Mother's tender,
After I came back to the States, my life was a
continuation of happiness and joy thanks to the graces from God. I also
discontinued taking medicine. Everything in the world looked so beautiful.
When I looked at myself in the mirror, I looked more beautiful than
before. I felt free of pains in my body thanks to Julias deep prayers.
I felt as light as a feather.
For five years we had lived in Monterey and knew many
people in the Korean Catholic Parish there. While I was preparing to mail
to that parish some video tapes that I brought from Naju, I got a phone
call informing me of an upcoming wedding for the son of the parish council
president in the Korean church in Monterey. So, I went there to attend the
wedding and to spread the information about the Blessed Mother of Naju.
Many people asked what secret I had for becoming so beautiful. I stayed at
the parish council presidents house for ten days. Many people came to
watch the Naju videos that I brought there. I had a bad reputation for
sleeping much, but, while visiting Monterey, I could hardly sleep because
of so many visitors. The phone began ringing from dawn and people began
coming to watch the videos early in the morning. Many repented their sins
and received much grace.
One of the visitors had been a friend of mine for 30
years. She saw me after three years of absence and asked me if I had
plastic surgery in Korea. She kept asking if I had any secret for becoming
more beautiful. I told her about my trip to Naju. She asked me to send her
more video tapes.
For the ten days I was staying at the parish council
presidents house, there were visitors from the early morning until late
at night. His family was filled with love in greeting and serving the
visitors. The almighty Lord has accomplished through His Mother what is
impossible by human power. He has used Julia to open the eyes of many
sinners and to convert them. I also received many gifts before leaving
Naju. I was sure that all these were gifts from the Blessed Mother who was
pleased with our spreading her messages.
Friendship that was renewed at the reunion will surely
blossom as fragrant flowers in Heaven. After I returned home, many people
called and thanked me. They said that they were sorry for having practiced
faith and love with lips only. They said they were crying much and
promised to go to church faithfully. I also received several letters with
In my own case, my dormant soul woke up when I began
watching the video tapes and reading the message book from Naju. The
Blessed Mother said in her messages, "Let us make the Mystery of
the Holy Eucharist known to those children who do not know so that the
numerous souls who are ungrateful may be saved by your bleeding sacrifices
combined with my love."
The Blessed Mothers messages led me to repent my
mistakes, woke up my dull conscience, melted my hardened heart, and opened
it. I hurriedly visited a priest with an ardent desire to have the
impediment to my marriage removed and to begin receiving the Lord in the
Eucharist. The priest consented happily, but my husband didnt. I became
very sad and cried loudly. The house was filled with my tears and crying
sounds. Then, my husband became alarmed and asked for my forgiveness. He
promised to prepare the necessary papers within a few days. Preparation of
the papers began the next day, but was completed three months later after
receiving signatures from my husbands parents also. When the Pastor
told me to set the date for the wedding, I cried all day for joy and awe.
How long had I longed for that day! I had consulted many priests, but they
all said that it would be difficult. While I was in such pains, the
Blessed Mother removed this sinners obstacle completely. Because it was
my second marriage, removing the impediment was not easy. But it was
removed after 33 years thanks to the Blessed Mother.
I cannot forget the moment I received Communion after
33 years. It was a moment filled with graces, a moment of receiving the
Lord Whom I had longed for so anxiously. It was thanks to the Love of God
and the help of the Blessed Mother of Naju.
At the wedding on December 26, 1996, there were the
parish council president with his wife and four others from Monterey. They
came despite the long distance that took 15 hours each way. I wept,
because I was so grateful. How could they have come, if they did not have
love? I will never forget.
I was also grateful to my sister, Theresa, for having
taken me to Naju.
I am planning to visit Naju again this month. With much
joy and anxiousness, I look forward to that trip. I also thank Julia, who
has offered up everything to make the boundless love of God known and to
make the glory of the Blessed Mother shine more brightly.
I can say again that the shocking effect from the Naju
videos was the driving force that lifted me up to a spiritual world of a
As a person with faith, I will not neglect the work to
share the joy and love from God with others and, thus, give glory to Him.
The Blessed Mother of Naju who melted my heart that had
been like a rock! Thank you so deeply.
Ely, Nevada, U. S. A.
P.S.: I would like to add a few more accounts of my
experiences in Naju.
I went back to Naju in March of 1997, three months
after the wedding. When I entered the Chapel, I saw the Blessed Mother
smiling with much happiness.
The place we live is on a high elevation in the
middle of a desert. I had a severe case of allergies and could not
smell anything. Within thirty minutes after I entered the Chapel in
Naju, my nose opened and I began smelling the fragrance of roses.
I stayed in Naju for thirteen days. Every time I
prayed in the Chapel, I smelled the fragrance of roses. I also saw an
image of Julia nailed to the cross behind the Blessed Mothers
statue. I asked other women around me if they also saw Julias
image. They said they did not see her. I saw her image everyday. It
was during Lent, and Julia was suffering the pains of the Five Wounds
of the Lord.
While I had allergies, I was also bleeding from my
nose, with some bad odor out of my nose (which others could smell),
and I felt pain in my throat as if there were a fish bone hanging
there. All these disappeared completely.
One day during my stay in Naju, I met two women
from Singapore. We were using the same room. I asked them how they
were able to come to Naju, since they did not speak any Korean. They
said that they landed at Kimpo International Airport holding the
Messages of Love book and a sheet of paper with writing in Korean:
"We are going to Naju. Please help us." That was how
they came. I was so amazed. I told them that I would not have that
much courage if I went to Singapore. I encouraged them to come to Naju
again and exchanged our addresses. They said that there was no one in
Singapore who did not know about Naju. They stayed for two days and
left, saying that next time they would come when there is an overnight
More than 30 pilgrims including a priest came from
Hong Kong for the overnight prayer service on the First Saturday in
April of 1997. The priest testified that, when he was holding the
Blessed Mothers hands, he felt live pulse.
During the overnight prayer service on the First
Saturday in April, a woman sitting behind me said that she was having
a headache because of too strong fragrance from me. She was
complaining that I had sprayed too much perfume. I told her that I had
not sprayed any perfume and I never used perfume on myself. Later she
On Easter Sunday, I was cleaning the room I was
staying in with a floorcloth. Even though I washed it in water several
times, I still smelled a strong fragrance of roses from it and from my
hands. The whole room was filled with a strong fragrance.
On the last day in Naju, I bought a replica statue
of the Blessed Mother for my sister-in-law. When I brought the statue
to her house, the whole house became filled with fragrance. Several
neighbors came, because they also smelled it.
I also bought a replica statue of the Blessed
Mother for my family and have been spreading her messages in order to
repay her for the favors I have received. I am filled with joy every
day. I give praise and gratitude to the Lord and the Blessed Mother.
After the trip to Naju, I stayed in my brothers
house in Seoul. I stayed in Korea for about three months. During that
time, I met many people who had been healed in Naju. Some were healed
of cancer; others had been dumb or paralyzed and were cured in Naju.
On Easter Sunday in 1997, I was with Julia in the
same car going to the church. I clearly saw the Stigmata on her both
During the overnight prayer service, many people
cried while Julia was praying for them individually. I cried also.
Many people gave testimony to their repentance of sins and miraculous
healing of their illness.
During the 13-day stay in Naju, I met an old lady
who was so sick and close to death that her doctors at the hospital
sent her home. She came to Naju and stayed in and around the Chapel
all the time. It was three months already since she had left the
hospital. She was not only alive but quite healthy.
In May of 1997, Julia visited a church in Inchon (a
harbor city west of Seoul) to speak at a retreat. I also went there
with a friend of mine. Julia was wearing a blue dress and had a blue
rosary. While she was relaying the Blessed Mothers messages, I felt
an unusual wish that Julia would give her blue rosary to me as a gift.
After the retreat was over, we went outside. I was looking for Julia,
but couldnt find her right away because of heavy rain. A while
later, I saw her and went toward her, but a man was hugging her,
crying. I felt a little concerned that his tears might stain Julias
dress, but he didnt stop. Finally, Julia gave him her blue rosary
and said good-bye. We all waved at Julia.
Then, the man came to me and asked where I was from.
I did not answer, but my friend told him that I was from the United
States. Then, the man tried to give the blue rosary to me, saying that
the Blessed Mother told him so. I was surprised and refused to receive
it. I said that it was such a precious rosary and he had to keep it. The
man insisted saying that the Blessed Mother instructed him to give it to
me. He also said, "Dont you have much pain in your head?" I
said, "How did you know?" He said, "I can see your pain
in your forehead and face." I was speechless and accepted the blue
rosary. It has been almost two years since, but the fragrance from the
rosary still continues. I cherish it as a gift from the Blessed Mother.