An Excerpt from Julia Kims Diary
August 27, 1980
The Prayer of Life
One of the regular customers at our beauty salon was
experiencing a problem in her family. After repeated quarrels with her
husband, she was thinking about a divorce.
She told me that she decided to get a divorce because
her husband had been unfaithful to her. After hearing her story, I said
to her, Can you also consider that you might sometimes have been
negligent toward your husband and children because of your job and,
therefore, you may have to share the responsibility for the current
difficulty to some extent? Cover everything with love and forgive your
husband. Then, he will feel sorry and do better to you. Upon
hearing me, she opened her eyes widely and said loudly, Do you really
mean that I should forgive him despite his infidelity? She kept
staring at me and repeatedly said that she could not forgive him. I said,
Yes, I meant that you should forgive him. This problem could only be
a passing wind. Realize that it can be a scheme laid by the devil of
division who wants to destroy your happy relationship.
She only said, No, I simply cannot forgive him.
I have been working so hard every day to earn even a little more money for
the family, but this husband of mine does not think about the family but
only flirts with another woman, neglecting his hard-working wife and
children. How can a normal human person do such a thing? I simply cannot
I did not want to give up and continued talking to
her on the subject of love. As she did not show any sign of changing her
mind, I decided to entrust everything to the Lord and to pray.
I knew that many women had the habit of getting a
haircut when they were depressed. This customer also asked me to cut her
hair. As I began cutting her hair, I made the Sign of the Cross and
prayed: In the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit! Lord, manifest Thy glory through this sinful servant. Then,
every time I cut out her hair with scissors, I prayed: Cut out hatred
from her. Cut out anger from her. Cut out the
inability to forgive from her. Cut out self-centeredness from
her. Cut out all the bad habits from her and her family. .
. . .
After I finished cutting the hair, I began forming
the shape of her hair with a dryer and prayed: Jesus! You have cut
out every bad thing from her soul. Now, restore order to her soul,
restore love that has been lost, and beautifully make up her soul.
Thereby, liberate her family from the devils scheme to destroy it. Turn
her family into a community of love that overflows with love so that the
Lord will receive glory, the Blessed Mother will receive praise and
consolation, and we will ceaselessly sing praise and gratitude.
At that very moment, I heard the gentle and kind
voice of the Lord, filled with joy: Yes, My little soul! That is it!
That prayer is the prayer of life that I really want. Because
this prayer is combined with your love for Me and for your neighbors, it
becomes a meek and gracious offering, which flows from the meekness and
graciousness in My Heart of Love. This also means that I am in you and
live with you. That is why you are My little soul! (August 27, 1980)
Next day, the customer came back together with a
man. The two appeared to be friendly to each other. I was surprised and
wondered who the man was. When I looked at her, she made a sheepish smile
and, pulling the mans hand toward her, said awkwardly, Uh. . . This
is my husband.
Then, she said, Actually, after my visit here
yesterday, I gradually realized that everything had been my fault. When I
spoke to my husband as you had told me and explained what had happened
here yesterday, he became overjoyed and asked where the beauty salon was
located. He said that we should go to the beauty salon right away and
thank you for helping us start a new life. That is how we are here now.
She continued, We made a firm resolution to love
each other more, understand each other more, and live together well. Our
relationship could have been broken, but you laid a stepping stone for
saving our love. Both she and her husband said, Thank you.
As I was listening to her, warm tears of gratitude
kept flowing down from my eyes. I thought, It was not me who did
this. Despite my unworthiness, weakness, and sinfulness, Our Lord, Who is
Love Itself, did not refuse my prayer but granted it. Warm tears of
gratitude and joy continued flowing down from my eyes.
So, I said to the couple, No, dont thank me. I
didnt do anything. It was the Lord who loved you so much that He
restored your love. Therefore, thank the Lord. And, from now on, live
with a heart of thanking the Lord. The couple said, Yes, of
course. We will begin going to the Catholic church. The husband
also asked me to cut his hair.
So I began cutting his hair after making the Sign of
the Cross and praying the prayer of life. When I finished, he said, Wow!
This was the best haircut that I have ever had since my birth! Can I come
back next time for another haircut? His wife seemed very surprised,
because, whenever she had asked her husband to get a haircut at a beauty
salon, he had bluntly and persistently refused. She seemed very pleased.
At that moment, I heard a gentle and kind voice of
the Lord as if tenderly touching and passing by my ear: My beloved
little soul! Your heart of sweet love, which wishes to give peace to a
soul which is in trouble, not only gives joy to that soul but also fills
My wounded Heart with joy.
Oh, my Lord! I only did what I was supposed to