Fruits of the retreat for the youth
1) Ms. D from the Cheongju Diocese: I was like a
non-practicing Catholic except that I was still attending the Sunday Masses. I never read the Bible or prayed. I
received Holy Communion sacrilegiously. Through the retreat in Naju, the Lord led me to realize that I was a sinner and to begin a life of repentance. It is not enough yet, but I now pray, read the Bible, and offer up to the Lord and the Blessed Mother every moment of my life by
turning it into a prayer as an effort to practice the messages. I also make the confession frequently with sincere contrition and also attend daily Masses. I receive the Holy Communion daily in order to be closer to the Lord.
2) Ms. S from the Cheongju Diocese: Before the retreat, I had been addicted to the television and computer. I had watched the television all the time except when my parents were at home. When I missed drama programs on the TV, I watched them on the computer until late at night. But, after the retreat, I have no interest in watching TV. Actually, I have not even turned on TV since the retreat. I only use the computer to visit the Naju web site. For the past 25 years, I lived according to my own will, doing whatever I liked. Now, I am trying to live according to the Will of the Lord and the Blessed Mother. This retreat in Naju was different from all other retreats in that we could really receive graces through prayers and consecration. I am so happy and grateful.
3) Ms. M from the Cheongju Diocese: Before the retreat, my prayers and my life had been separate. I had tried to pray, but it had been difficult and tiring, leaving my soul dry. Through the retreat in Naju, on the other hand, I deeply realized the importance of turning my life into prayers. Now I offer up my whole life as prayers, and this gives me new spiritual energy. For example, I used to drink four cups of coffee every day. After the retreat I gave up coffee and offered it up as a sacrifice for my younger sister who still persecutes me. Also, when I read the testimonies on the Naju web site, I read them all even when I am tired as a reparation for the sins committed at night.
Ms. Y from the Suwon Diocese: Before the retreat, I did not read the Bible, but, after the retreat, I always carry the Bible in my bag and read it and meditate on it whenever I can. As I also carry the book on how to turn our life into prayers, I learned many of the prayers at heart. Especially, I make efforts to pray hard during the Mass. Before the retreat, my manner of talking was rough and harsh, but, amazingly, it changed drastically after I read in the Bible that what comes out of our mouths defiles us. Also when I had a quarrel with my parents, I was given the courage to apologize immediately and reconcile. This had never happened before. I am so grateful for this and give glory and praise to the Lord and the Blessed Mother, and also pray that I will never lost this sense of gratitude.
Ms. C from the Jeonjoo Diocese: Naju is really the place where the living Lord and Blessed Mother are with us and where the truth is. After attending the first retreat, my heart was all fire with love for the Lord and the Blessed Mother. I became aware that the Lord and the Blessed Mother are truly with us at every moment. I also received spiritual and physical healing. Ah1 How big and great the Love of the Lord and the Blessed Mother is! I am truly amazed.