"Love One Another!" 17/2010 → A testimony
I am grateful to God and my brothers and sisters for the priceless gift — the icon of the Virgin Mother, Sara’s Fragrance–and your prayers. I hereby testify that the Most Holy Mother of God is helping me a great deal. I recently had a serious operation as a result of which my whole left side was severely lacerated. The blood vessels were so badly damaged that I had no circulation in my arms and legs. Following your advice, I began to hold the little icon to my breast. Soon I felt an extraordinary warmth spreading over my whole body. At such moments I always recite the Our Father and Hail Mary… I pray for you both at home and at church. May God save you!
V.N. Mukhina, Tiumen Region, Russia
I greet you, my dear ones! I received your letter and picture of the Virgin Mother and her Child Jesus. You cannot imagine what joy I felt upon reading the letter with the prayers to the Mother of God and St. Charbel, the wonder-worker from Lebanon. Truly, Our Heavenly Queen makes no distinction between Catholics, Orthodox, or Baptists. They are all holy people, bathed in the blood of Christ! I cannot describe the state I was in that day. I wept on account of the sins of which I became aware, but I also wept with tears of joy; for, our human soul was created in the image and likeness of God; it is immortal and thirsts for its Creator. Now I tell everyone that we must take care to rise from the dead — not for judgment and condemnation, but for eternal life and happiness. Every person must decide this for himself. Christ has done the most important thing. He has opened the gates of the Heavenly Kingdom and stands at these gates, calling to each of us by name.
M.S. Gershman, Novosibirsk, Russia
Dear Father Alexander,
I received your letter and photo of the Virgin Mother — Sara’s Fragrance. Many thanks! I wish to inform you that recently my mother was in hospital with diabetes. She suffered from a badly inflamed toe, and the doctors decided to amputate part of her foot. I immediately brought the little icon to the hospital, where we prayed together. After a while her toe began to heal. The doctors shrugged their shoulders in amazement. Mother is now back home. She prays constantly, clutching the holy image to her breast. Together we offer up prayers for her healing and salvation. I am very grateful to you for the letter that gave us so much hope!
Rymma Kremer, Tula Region, Russia
The article was published with the permission from "Love One Another!" in August 2016.
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