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MICHAEL ZEROMSKI JR. was a homosexual who had contracted the AIDS
virus, and had been dying in a Catholic hospital in Manhattan for
father, Michael Sr., is a devout man and a father of four who has been
attending the Bayside vigils for 17 years. He first learned of his
son's condition in September 1992 after having been out of touch with
him for several years.
true and loving parent, he naturally took a deep concern over his son's
salvation, and with the application of Our Lady's message, he was slowly
winning his son's conversion over a period of time.
day off on Saturday, he would religiously visit his son. By January,
Michael Jr. was wearing the brown Scapular and Rosary around his neck.
the quest for Michael Jr.'s conversion was a major battle, and one that
was only won by prayer, perseverance, and the miraculous intercession of
Our Lady of the Roses.
for the most part, Michael Jr. had set himself against his father with
spite and resistance to his admonitions. This was due in part to his
physician, who was a major deterrent in hampering the spiritual progress
of his patient. For he was a gay activist himself, who assumed a major
role in meddling in this whole affair.
Michael Jr.'s visitors were homosexuals, which served all the more to
fuel his ungodly convictions, as he would curse and call Our Lady a
fake, and even threatened at one point to have his father thrown out of
the hospital. The devil was viciously holding on to his prey that he had
captured through forbidden relations.
the tables turned in Heaven's direction on June 27, 1993. Attached to a
respirator now, unable to speak, and a mere 70 pounds, his powerlessness
and suffering had softened his heart so Our Lady could now move in to
make the conquest.
his father relates, at one point his son reached both arms up to him in
a gesture of embrace, as if to receive the kiss of peace that had been
offered him all along. "He was reaching out to me, like this," Michael
Sr. exclaimed, as he demonstrated his son's act of love. "It was so
beautiful!" True love and grace had vanquished the demons of hatred and
Jr. was now choosing God and life, as a sense of allegiance toward
Heaven had taken precedence over his immoral conviction.
served to infuriate the doctor, who went to work on him for the next two
weeks in an effort to break his good resolution. For he was now telling
him, you're too religious, you're insane, you're going to be a
vegetable, you're going to die, etc.
Michael Jr. retorted, and earnestly confided in his father concerning
the malice of the doctor. This was done in writing through 27 pages of
hand‑written notes, since he was no longer able to speak. He also,
though, wrote a precious note that moved his father to tears. It said:
"I love you Dad."
Saturday, July 17, Michael Jr. brought this whole drama to its climax
when he asserted his belief in Our Lady of the Roses. For at 2 o'clock
that afternoon, his father handed him a sheet of paper on which he had
written, "Michael, do you believe with all your heart and soul that Our
Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers, can cure you of your AIDS
virus?" He responded by scribbling a big "Yes" on the paper, endorsing
it with his signature, M.Z.
testimony of faith came also his complete renunciation of homosexuality.
"He gave up his homosexuality on the 17th," Michael Sr. said. "I was so
happy over that."
day, the priest heard his confession, he was administered Viaticum (the
Eucharist given to a dying person) and the last rites.
that day, at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, 1993, Michael Zeromski Jr.,
39 years old, wearing his brown Scapular and Rosary relinquished his
soul to God. He had made his peace with his Maker.
back tears, Michael Sr. said, "There is no question that my son's
conversion is attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of the Roses,
Mary Help of Mothers. I was just a simple instrument used by Her to win
my son's salvation. I am eternally grateful."
weeks after Michael's death, Michael Sr. approached Shrine director,
Michael Mangan, and gave him a sheet of paper which reads, "A
testimonial from my loving son Michael: On Saturday, July 17, 1993, at
St. Claire's Hospital in New York City at 2 p.m., Michael Zeromski Jr.
believed in Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers. May he rest in
peace. Amen. Love Mom and Dad, Joseph and Josephine, Genesius and
addition to this, Mr. Zeromski gave Mr. Mangan the paper with the hand
scribbled "Yes" of his son, and asked him if he would give it to
Veronica. So Mr. Mangan passed it on to Veronica along with a note
informing her that this was from a repentant homosexual who had died of
following Saturday, August 14, Veronica received the material from Mr.
Mangan. Upon reading it, she was very moved and touched, and was
pondering over the fate of the departed soul when she suddenly heard a
booming voice say:
Lady came for him. Glory be to God in the highest.
Behold the advent of a sinner."
afternoon, Veronica called Mr. Mangan and asked him, "Michael, what does
advent mean?" Mr. Mangan answered that in reference to the advent
season, it meant the coming or arrival of Our Lord.
went on to inform him of the locution, stating that the booming voice
she heard was not that of Jesus or Mary. When asked by Mr. Mangan if it
had been that of St. Michael, Veronica said it wasn't, saying, "My
understanding is that it is the fellow's guardian angel."
Luke 15:10, we see that the angels take great joy and interest in our
salvation where it says, "I say to you, there shall be joy before the
angels of God upon one sinner doing penance." The exhilarating response
of Michael Jr.'s angel certainly gives credence to this.
locution message, Veronica understood that Our Lady delivered Michael
Jr. that day from purgatory, and was received into Heaven with open arms
goes to show the tremendously important role that parents have before
God in shaping their children's destiny. This also bears forth the
truth of Our Lord's June 6, 1987, message on AIDS victims, where He
says, "The suffering that they incur will save many from hell, and give
them the chance to enter upon a penance in purgatory."
especially shows forth the great clemency of the Mother of God, and the
powerful intercession She has in snatching sinners from Hell.
Lady's love for sinners is indeed evident in Her work at Bayside, and
will often call to mind the words of the Gospel where it says, "I came
not to call the just, but sinners to penance" (St. Luke 5:32). For
though Our Lady cherishes Her own chosen elect, She always has a special
eye out for sinners, and will do anything it seems to snatch them from
satan's grasp and bring them safely to the feet of Her Divine Son.
woman consumed in diligent search for her lost coins, Jesus and Mary
will leave their 99 sheep in the desert, and search high and low for
that one lost sheep. And should they find that one sheep and return it
to the fold, there is more celebration made over that one sheep than for
the 99 who are safe (St. Luke 15:7, 8).
indeed, there has been great celebration in Heaven over the salvation of
Michael Jr., so much so, that Heaven has sought to share their joy with
us and make this known to the world.
there is a lesson here for all of us that Heaven wants to impress upon
us, namely, that no matter who we are or what we have done, there is no
sin that God won't forgive if we will come to Him with sincere and
contrite hearts. For God is all goodness and love, and created us out
He redeemed us out of love and continues to sustain our every breath and
heartbeat out of love. And so if we will simply become little children
as we are asked, and come to God with sincerity and trust, He will never
turn us away.
28, 1979, Our Lord gave us these comforting words: "We do not seek to
place fear in your heart, but to bring to you a message of warning and
counsel. My Mother shall not reject you, even in your debasement. I
shall not reject you, My children. The Eternal Father, in the Spirit of
Light, shall not reject you. But will you reject Us in Heaven now? You
will be the loser."
May the foregoing ever serve to remind us of
God's goodness and mercy, and that He is always there with open heart
and ears, ready to forgive.