A Sign from God? Here's One

By Marc Massery

A couple years ago, in a chapel in Marsaskala, on the little island of Malta on the Mediterranean Sea, Charyl Fava found a mysterious piece of paper with a message that she believes helped save her life. The paper portrayed a black and white Divine Mercy Image. When Charyl was young, she had issues with obsessive compulsive disorder and always found comfort repeating the phrase “Jesus, I trust in You.” So she picked this piece of paper up and began to read it. Beneath the Divine Mercy Image was a prayer dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus followed by instructions to pray an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.

“It had written to make 50 copies and leave one copy for someone else each day,” Charyl said. So, she took the sheet of paper home, typed it out, printed it in color, and made 50 copies, distributing one every day. The 50th day was Wednesday, June 29, 2011, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. On Friday, she went out to a friend’s party. “I remember I had a long day but made an effort to go,” she said. “There, I barely ate and only drank water since I was on a diet.”

On Saturday morning, she was driving back home from the party when she suddenly fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a parked car. “Luckily enough, I didn’t get hurt in the slightest,” she said. “No cars were driving oppositely, and no one was walking. I was just speechless. I have no words to thank Him for giving me the opportunity for a new life. For me, it was a miracle.”

Of course, she paid for damages. In fact, the owner of the other car happened to be a friend she knew from a youth group. When she found out that his birthday was Oct. 2, the Feast of the Guardian Angels, she took this as a sign that their guardian angels were looking out for them. 

“From that accident onwards, I really yearned to share the Divine Mercy devotion with others,” she said. “Even though I feel like I know so little.”

In thanksgiving for her miracle and in order to spread the message of Divine Mercy to those who don’t normally go to religious services, Charyl designed her own Divine Mercy sign and paid to have it posted for the month of April on a large billboard in Malta.  

“It cost more than a month’s pay, but I truly wanted to do it,” she said. “Finding a sponsor seemed like it was going to be complex. Then I remembered my Dad’s words, ‘What you wish to have done, do it yourself.’ I had an inner feeling that Jesus would provide in some way or another. When the design was ready, to my surprise I received some arrears, which I was not aware of, and for me that was His answer. It was His way of telling me, ‘You see, I provided help since you trusted in Me!’ I was speechless.” 

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