In 2008, Natalie Saracco and a friend were involved in a terrible car accident on a French highway. While trapped inside the car, she felt life slowly drifting away from her as she started spitting blood and suffocating.
As a practicing Catholic, Saracco said her only concern at this moment was the fact that she couldn’t go to confession before dying. But as a voice inside her told her that it already knew the intentions of her heart, she was suddenly projected into another dimension — a place out of space and time where Jesus Christ appeared to her, dressed in a white tunic, showing his heart with the Crown of Thorns.
This mysterious heavenly encounter with what seems to be the Sacred Heart of Jesus would leave an indelible imprint on Saracco’s soul and mark for her the beginning of a brand-new life.
After miraculously surviving the accident, Saracco has been tirelessly telling her story, with the strong conviction that she had the duty to give testimony to the truth of Christ.
Frequently invited to share her experience within the framework of conferences, interviews or documentaries, Saracco claims that she saw Jesus crying, revealing his immense pain, as if he wanted her to feel it and share it.
In order to give thanks for the grace of her encounter with God’s love, she initially put her artistic talent at the service of her testimony by making the film La mante religieuse (The Maneater, 2012), which tells the story of a kind of Mary Magdalene of modern times.
And the major impact of this near-death experience on her life and her vision of the world, which Saracco discusses in this interview with the Register, is further detailed in her two books Pour ses beaux yeux. Road Movie d’une cinéaste amoureuse du Christ (For Love of Him, Road Movie of a Filmmaker in Love With Christ) and Aux âmes citoyens. Apocalypse Now (To Souls, Citizens. Apocalypse Now).
According to Saracco, the current health, social and economic crises facing society can also be a game changer likely to favor a return of God in Western cultures.
When you tell our story, you always mention that it was a crying Jesus that you saw when you were at the gate of death. What did you think made him suffer so much? Why do you think he chose to appear to you this way?
I saw Jesus suffer indeed, and I understood it was not only because of sin, but also because of the indifference of Christians, who pretend to be part of his family, to be his friends.
I know the Lord suffers agonies because his love is so often ignored or unrecognized. We don’t know how much he loves us. He is consumed by an infinite love for every creature, even the last monster on earth. He loves such a person infinitely and wants to save even this kind of person until the end.
When I asked him, “Why do you cry?” he said, “Because you are my darling children; I love you infinitely and in return I get coldness, contempt and indifference. I cry because there is nothing worse than being rejected by those we love.” This is why Christ suffers. He made me feel that.
I believe that Jesus made me see this to make me remind people that we must burn with love for him, completely, for what he is, and not just through a few words pronounced halfheartedly, in a worldly manner, or to ease one’s conscience.
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