April 7, 2007 - Vigil of Easter Sunday
On this Easter Vigil, I was suffering
indescribably severe pains in my body, heavily weighed down by the cruel scourging
all over and the crown of thorns on Good Friday, but I offered up these pains
and devoted myself to prayer so that all the pilgrims might experience the joy
of the Resurrection. Together with the
pilgrims, I prayed the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary walking on the Way
of the Cross in order to celebrate the Vigil of Our Lord’s glorious victory
gained by defeating death and resurrecting and to sound the prelude to the
triumph of the Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Heart. While we were praying the Third Glorious
Mystery, Jesus on the Cross at Mt. Calvary radiated the light of the Holy
Spirit on all of the pilgrims, which was so powerful that the Crucifix shook
forcefully, and began speaking.
"My beloved little soul! I intend to save all by sending down the Holy
Spirit as requested in your prayers filled with the love with which you have
meditated on the Mystery of Salvation earned through the inestimable pains on
the Cross and have participated in My Passion so that the clergy may be
sanctified and even the most wicked sinners, whose very human nature has been
dried up, may receive the grace of repentance." ..... (In
the message of Our Lord's, April 7, 2007)
“Holy Week in Naju was a
A testimony by Fr. Donald
Almost 20 years ago, someone brought a
picture of a weeping statue of the Blessed Mother of Naju to our diocese of
Myitkyina, Kachin State, Burma. I saw it
for the first time and was very impressed.
I was told about the Naju miracles by some
people in Singapore in the year 2000 when I went there for a retreat. Since then I have been eager to visit Naju
but somehow I never had a chance to do that.
In February 2007, a group of pilgrims from
San Francisco, California, USA invited me to go to Naju during the Holy Week.
The following are some of the incredible
things I witnessed together with many other pilgrims.
On Good Friday, April 6, 2007, at 3:00 p.m., as we (all the pilgrims) were getting ready for the Way of
the Cross, Julia Kim began to receive the crown of thorns on her head. We saw the blood streaming down from her head.
Fr. Herman Ando from Indonesia and I accompanied Julia along the Way of the Cross. Julia fell down three times.
After the 15th Station, we continued to pray in front of the Crucifix and at a certain point Julia wiped the feet of Jesus on the Crucifix and her palm became wet with fragrant oil. She also asked us (Fr. Herman and myself) to do the same. We followed her direction and found our palms were wet with the same fragrant oil.
After the Way of the Cross and the rosary, we began to see the blood flowing down again from Julia’s forehead.
On Holy Saturday evening I was asked by some of the elders to welcome the miraculous statue of the Blessed Mother Mary brought by Julia. As soon as the car door was opened all of us could smell a very strong fragrance or roses. All the pilgrims that were there witnessed the fragrant oil oozing out from the statue of the Blessed Mother.
After our evening rosary that was before the vigil Mass, some of us: Fr. Herman, myself, some photographers and some of the elders were gathered in a room behind the vinyl chapel, chatting with Julia when all of a sudden we found some marks of blood on our stoles. On the right side of my white stole we saw a thick drop of fresh blood and then found another mark of blood on my stole and also two marks of blood appeared on the stole of Fr. Herman.
During my stay
in Naju I observed Julia carefully. I
noticed great humility, deep prayer life, a lot of fasting by her and her great
love for everyone there. I also observed
her complete surrender to the will of God.
I am very much
convinced that the Holy Spirit is speaking to the world through her. The Holy Spirit gives her the necessary
graces to endure her various kinds of sufferings.
I also witnessed
the inner transformation in the lives of so many people who were there. Many pilgrims shared with me how they used to
live their lives and now they say that their lives are on the right path again
thanks to the Naju messages and signs.
I myself feel
very much remorse for my many failures especially in my prayer life - for not
doing what I should have and I could have.
Holy Week in
Naju was a grace-filled experience for all of us.
home one of my sisters kept asking me. “What
happened to you? You are different than
Yes, I am
changed. I feel that I am being renewed.
Thanks be to God
and Mother Mary of Naju.
Fr. Donald Lasap
430 N 21st
U. S. A.