Written by Michael
online newspaper. When we left off, we were retelling the account
of Louis P. Saia III, a 45-year-old Houma, Louisiana, businessman
who was at wits end and in total personal and legal turmoil (broke
and suing a major corporation to keep it from taking over his crucial
patent) when, in his most desperate moment, he had an apparition
of the Virgin Mary. The astonishing legal aspect of his struggle
was detailed last September in a national publication
called Business Week.
business publication couldn't detail all the behind-the-scene
miracles, and there were plenty of them. Indeed, Saia ended
up winning a war no one thought he could - truly, David versus
Goliath, a stunning victory, as you will see in a moment --
and he credits the Virgin, who, after the single apparition (which
occurred in broad daylight on March 17, 1996), spoke to Louis in
him to "persevere." She told him to hold great
faith in her Son. "I trusted," says Louis. "It
was out of my hands from that day forward. All I did was pray."
And what happened
to this businessman -- this businessman who now speaks in
churches and who says his thoughts remain consumed by Jesus and
Mary -- was astounding. His lawyers had abandoned him. Banks wouldn't
lend him money. His own family wouldn't give him any more funds
for his legal case, because it seemed so hopeless. But Saia had
decided to persevere. He had invented a valuable product -- a shipping
container -- that the corporation wanted to assume total control
over, and he couldn't accept that. He couldn't accept someone taking
his invention, his great accomplishment, his life's work.
And so Saia
persevered and trusted and right after the apparition -- within
days -- two new lawyers suddenly showed up on the scene, saying
they'd heard of the case and would take it. They agreed to work
on a contingency basis -- itself a little miracle -- but Saia was
still in desperate need of money, virtually bankrupt, and here's
where a second miracle occurred. It was the same week. A man from
a financial group called Volvo Credit had come to see Louis for
a previously scheduled meeting -- a meeting Saia had all but forgotten
-- and now Louis poured out his heart to him, telling him of his
financial desperation and about the appearance of Mary despite
the fact that the executive was Protestant.
The story took
three hours to tell and at the end of it the Volvo executive startled
Louis by saying that he realized Saia's financial situation was
hardly enough to loan him what he needed ($5 million), but that
he believed he would win the case and would lend the money based
on the story! "I think everything you've told me is true, and
I think you're going to beat this mammoth company," he told
It turned out
that the Volvo executive was a deeply religious man and although
Saia and his wife Cindy both were initially in disbelief -- thought
the man was joking -- the next day was a fax confirming the loan
and talking about Jesus.
my faith and my trust," says Saia, "I was back in action
But there was
a court case to win, and soon, this again looked desperate. The
large corporation he had been battling, which had been in a venture
partnership with him, was trying to liquidate the company they had
formed and, knowing Saia was broke, outbid him on his own invention
(called a "pallet reefer," which allows shipment of perishables).
The courtroom action was in Wilmington, Delaware, and one day his
Delaware lawyers called with the sad news that the judge had told
them he was going to rule to liquidate, granting the corporation
its victory and fulfilling that corporation's vow to crush Louis.
But Saia, once
a lukewarm Catholic, now praying constantly, claims he was still
hearing from the Virgin, and that she told him to go to Delaware
even though the judge himself told his lawyers to tell him not to
bother coming! "I said, get me a ticket to get to Delaware.
My wife said, 'look, we have $60 left in our checking account, and
$400 in a drawer.' But I couldn't get Mary off my mind, and all
I did was pray, pray, pray. Anytime I wanted to communicate
with Mary, all I had to do was go to a quiet place and pray with
faith. It was off to Delaware on borrowed money and borrowed time,
and then came the fateful hearing. It was May 6, 1996. "We
got to the courtroom, and it was like a wedding," he told Spirit
Daily. "Their side of the court is full of people, and they're
laughing and jeering and making fun of us. We can overhear them,
talking about the hotel and the band they hired and the hors d'oeuvres
-- they had a party planned for when they got the ruling.
before the judge walks in, I lost my faith," says Saia. "I
told the lead attorney, you wanted to buy my half, you can have
it, so I could take something rather than nothing. They look at
me and say, it's too late for that, it's off the table, we're not
going to negotiate anything. They were going to take it all their
way. But what happens is I go back to my faith. I grab my wife Cindy
by the hand, and I'm holding her with one hand and in my mind I'm
praying. I never prayed like that in my life! I'm begging. I'm pleading
over and over, 'Mary, please, ask your Son Jesus to touch the
judge on his head and let him know they're using his court to steal
innocent people's patents. Mary please.'"
happens is that just like they predicted the judge cuts all the
arguments short, and says he's going to rule on the matter,"
recalls Lou. "He has the gavel in his hand and I know he's
going to rule against me, just like my lawyers had predicted, and
all of a sudden, the gavel's in his hand, and raised -- that's how
close it got -- and all of a sudden I see this light come from
the window in the courtroom and go on the judge -- shine on him.
I guess to everyone else it looked like a cloud moved and some light
came in. To me, for some reason, I'm begging that prayer, and when
I saw it, my heart leapt with joy, because I knew, beyond any shadow
of a doubt, that my prayer was being answered."
It was sunlight,
but it was also a manifestation.
puts the gavel down when that light hits him, looks at my opponent's
lawyer, and says, 'Hypothetically'-- then repeats my prayer!
He says: 'Hypothetically, what if your client is using my court
to steal these innocent people's patents?'"
prayer I had been praying, the judge repeats it! Then he changes
his mind and rules not to liquidate, but to 'stay' the action! My
lawyers start crying, both of them, and my wife was crying, even
the clerk knew something happened to the judge in those last seconds
and even she looked choked up."
the lawyers and executives from the corporation, evaporated.
didn't weep until he was on a sidewalk outside the courtroom. Then
he let loose with a torrent so loud that passersby thought he needed
an ambulance. "I went down on one knee and put my hand over
my eyes and began to weep, and I felt the feeling even stronger
than when Mary appeared," he says. "The intensity
of the joy was such that I can't describe it. The love I felt and
the joy I felt are indescribable. People thought I was having a
seizure -- 'Mr., can we get you an ambulance, can we help you?'
I couldn't talk. I could only weep. It looks like I'm having a heart
attack or a
seizure, but it's the greatest moment of my life!"
led to arbitration which soon led to a huge award that Louis used
to pay his many debts and restart his company. He gave $700,000
of it to charity.
And oh yes:
A few weeks after the May hearing, Louis got a call from a priest
he had met, Father Paul Bergeron. The priest came over to say he'd
had a spiritual dream with Louis in it. It had occurred the same
day as the Delaware hearing.
in the dream, it was misty and foggy and there was a bright light
behind the mist and fog and he could see a source of light and he
said I was in a field with this mist and fog and he said I was kneeling.
He knelt exactly like I had knelt on that sidewalk in Delaware.
He told me I was wearing a blue suit, a white shirt, and a yellow
tie -- just what I was wearing that day. Then he tells me, he doesn't
know why, but I had my hand over my eyes.
Next to me was a figure nine-feet tall, with wings 15-feet high,
the Archangel Michael. He said he had his sword out touching
me on the head with it. He said it was the most beautiful thing
he had ever seen in his life."
was there and they read that verdict and they said you won the patents
and you won the money ($25 million), although it was a happy feeling,
nothing comes close to the real award, the real victory, which was
my conversion," concludes Louis. "The cross I carried
was small compared to people who have a child who's sick with a
terminal illness, or compared to a spouse who has cancer, compared
to a marriage that involves a lot of children and a divorce. Many
people carry big crosses. I'm not the only one who has experienced
anxiety. But I hope if nothing else the time I spent relating the
story deepens appreciation for what the power of faith in Jesus
Christ can do in the 'no-win' situations in life -- you know, where
the doctors say there's nothing we can do, or these no-hope situations
where you have a child on drugs. Let me tell you that there is no
such thing as a
'no-hope' situation. I believe in the deepest parts of my heart
that no matter how desperate you may be, and how 'no-hope,' no matter
how extreme your situation may be, take it from me: wherever
you have strong faith, you'll always have miracles."
The story doesn't end there [See
here] Louis Saia III had a painting done of The Blessed Mother.
Ferdinand Roccanti painted Our Lady just like Louis saw Our Lady
of Compasionate Protection in his vision. A copy of the painting
wept rose scented oil!