Adoration

Something that’s been haunting me since the middle of last week… I’d read about this incident in a book on Adoration, but then I saw it dramatized on EWTN: in China in 1949 a 10-year-old girl watched through the window of a Catholic church as the communists arrested the priest and profaned the sanctuary.  They opened the tabernacle and threw the Blessed Hosts on the floor.  Every day for over a month she would in the middle of the night enter the church and in prayer and adoration and consume one of the Hosts.  Now back in the 1990s I was in line for Communion and the minister dropped a Host on the carpet, and she was unaware that she had.  I knelt and consumed it – picking it up with my hands – probably at the time patting myself on the back as one cool Catholic.  This young Chinese girl didn’t use her hands, she knelt down and put her face to the floor, using her tongue to pick up the Blessed Sacrament! And she only did one a day, in that profaned, deserted sanctuary.  But that is not what is so emotionally overwhelming to me.  The day came where there was one Host left.  Moments after she consumed it she was espied by the communists and shot dead on the spot.

She didn’t seem much older than my two-year-old granddaughter.  It’s incredibly counter-intuitive, is it not?  Our sinful human nature screams at the unfairness of it, that such an innocent, faithful and adoring child Christian should have been rewarded with a long, fruitful, and happy life.  But we don’t see things as God sees.  As my health deteriorates and people that I love are struggling with health and other painful life issues, I can see that through God’s eyes that girl received the greatest reward, which is happiness with Him and the saints throughout eternity.  And my imagination expands.  What about the communist who pulled the trigger?  What happened to him or her?  You know that that young girl prayed fervently for her killer from Heaven.  Could they be united now, the best of friends basking in Heavenly glory?  I think we are in store for many joyful surprises in Heaven.  Because when we are purified and perfected, we will rejoice to meet those that we considered irrevocably evil and deserving of damnation that they were saved in the end.  And that is good news.

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One Comment on “Adoration”

  1. Stan Sikorski Says:

    Warm thoughts, back at you.

    Stan


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