Her original name is Hong-Sun Youn. Julia
is her baptismal name and Kim is her husband's last name. She was born in Naju
in 1947. Her father was a school teacher and a scholar in Chinese literature. In
1950, when the Korean War broke out, her grandfather and father were killed by
the Communist soldiers. Her younger sister also died of an illness. Julia, with
her mother, began experiencing extreme poverty and had to work hard for
survival. She could not finish junior high school because of the
In 1972, Julia married Julio Kim. Julio worked for
the City of Naju, in its agricultural department.
They have four children - two
sons and two daughters. Later, Julia's health deteriorated because of cancer and
other accompanying illnesses. After several surgeries, her doctors said there
was no hope.
While Julia was waiting for death, her husband
took her to a Catholic priest. After hearing Julia's story, the priest consoled
her by saying that her sufferings were blessings from God.
Julia felt her body
becoming warm and sweating and was soon healed completely. She began a fervent
prayer life. She opened a beauty salon and became quite successful. (A few years
later, she closed the salon)
One night, at 3 a.m., Julia saw a vision of Our
Lord bleeding miserably, especially from His Heart, which was torn by human
sins. Julia was deeply moved and promised a life of reparation for the sins in
the world. Miraculously, she began suffering severe pains again. Julia also
received the Stigmata, the wounds of Our Lord. These Stigmata usually last for
several days and disappear.
They reappear later. On June 30, 1985, Julia saw Our
Lady's statue in her room weeping for the first time. Two and a half weeks
later, on July 18, she received the first message from Our Lady. On October 19,
1986, clear tears turned into tears of blood. Julia has continued receiving
messages and suffering pains.
Other miracles have also continued — fragrant oil
from Our Lady's statue, the fragrance of roses, healings of incurable illnesses,
Eucharistic miracles, and the descent of Our Lord's Precious Blood.
She offer her sufferings up to
the Lord and praying so that she is being participated in the pains of Jeusu
; "No matter how unworthy I am and continuously groaning from the
sufferings caused by illnesses, how graciously and happily I receive the
sufferings so that my little offering though like specks of dust may contribute
to the work of salvation by the Lord." Amen !