My husband went to Italy, after pawning our house and land because he could not find a good job in Sri Lanka. After he went to Italy, I survived with my 2 children with the help of my parents.
After he went to Italy, he could not find a job until 1/1/2 years, Therefore, the loan which we took by pawning our house was fallen into arrears and with the interest getting accumulated, a huge amount was outstanding. Therefore, the person whom we borrowed the loan was coming to our house frequently, and was screaming at us. Later on, he was putting forward indecent proposals to me. Since I did not agree to his indecent proposals, he used to come drunk to our house, and was threatening me frequently. I have 2 daughters. I could not leave the house and go to my parent’s house because I thought if we do that, the person, whom we borrowed the loan might come and stay in our house.
In the meantime a relation of mine, who stays in Nugegoda, came all the way to our house and told me about a Miraculous Church of Blessed Virgin Mary. The Church she mentioned is Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine. She also told me that she was running a small business and since she was facing heavy losses in her business, she became indebted to banks and to various other people, and at that moment, she had gone to Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine, and has attended the Holy Mass, every Saturday evening, and has handed over her request letters to the Holy Apostolic Father. And after handing over her request letters to Holy Apostolic Father, surprisingly, her business was flourishing, and that she was able to settle all her debts. After listening to her story, I felt as if I received a fresh life.
From the following Saturday onwards, I started to go to Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine, and handed over request letters to the Holy Apostolic Father, mentioning my troubles. When I came home on Saturday night after handing over my 6th request letter, my husband rang me, and told me that he has got a very good job, in a very strange way.
After that, on the following Saturday, I handed over a letter to the Holy Apostolic Father, thanking him, for helping my husband to find a job.
The next burning problem we had was to redeem our house and the land which was pawned. I mentioned that problem also, and handed over letters to the Holy Apostolic Father. I handed over my 10th letter to him, in faith. After handing over that letter, on following day that means on Sunday itself, my husband rang me and told me a very strange thing. He told me that the husband and the wife of the house where he works, in Italy, had inquired about him and about his family. Therefore, he has related his whole story. He has told them why he has come to Italy, and the way he came, and how he suffered without a job 1/1/2 years, and also he had told them that he was about to lose his only property in Sri Lanka. Then the husband and the wife of the house where he works in Italy, had told him that they will give him the cash he requires to redeem his property, by way of a loan, and that they will recover it from his salary in monthly installments. That was the surprising story he told me.
3 weeks after he spoke to me, he sent me cash to settle all our debts. I was able to redeem my house and the land. Now, I could live there peacefully.
Absolutely, the Holy Apostle of Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine has been born because of our own merits. He is the only consolation for our pains and sorrows.
Chilaw (Sri Lanka)