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The unknown girl who inspired Fulton Sheen
At Padre Peregrino, Fr David Nix retold a story which inspired the Venerable Fulton Sheen, the great American bishop and TV evangelist.
When Mao took over China, in one district a priest was imprisoned in his house; vandals broke open the tabernacle and scattered the consecrated Hosts on the floor.
A small girl saw what had happened. Every night for the next 32 days, she returned to the church, sneaking past the guards, and made a holy hour, before kneeling down and consuming a single Host. (At the time, lay people would never touch the Blessed Sacrament with their hands.)
On the 32nd day, just after she had consumed the final Host, she accidentally made a noise. A soldier heard and beat her to death with the butt of his rifle.According to Fr Nix, this story inspired Archbishop Sheen’s devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and his whole ministry.
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