Little Li

Little Li grew up in communist China in the 1950s. Taught by nuns in her local parochial school, the ten-year-old once asked the nuns why Jesus didn't instead say, "Give us this day our daily rice?" One day communist soldiers came into the village and, after ransacking the school, ordered everyone into the church.  The commandant blasphemed Christ and had his soldiers fire at the tabernacle.  He then proceeded to take the ciborium out of the broken door and fling all the consecrated hosts over the church.  After locking Father Luke, the pastor, inside a coal bin in the church, he threatened that anyone who went into the church would be shot. 

The next day Li returned to the church, much to Father Luke's horror.  As he sat there imprisoned, he wanted to yell at her to leave for her safety, but he was afraid of summoning any attention.  After Li's hour of prayer, the little girl picked up one of the consecrated hosts with her tongue and departed.  The next day the same thing happened.  Li prayed for an hour, while Father Luke watched, and then consumed a host off the floor.  There were thirty-two hosts in the ciborium, and so Li did this for a month.  On the last day, with only one host on the floor, a soldier walked into the church.  Finding the little girl praying, he aimed his gun and shot.  Father Luke screamed in agony as he watched Li crawl to the last host, eat it off the floor, and die.  The soldier, seeing the holiness of the action, released the priest, who proclaimed the story to the world.  When Archbishop Fulton Sheen was asked before his death who his greatest influence was, he responded, "a little Chinese girl."

 

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