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Little Li

The story of Little Li is a story taken out of a Chinese priest's first hand writings during the Communist take over in China. It was originally translated into German and published in the book Die schonsten Eucharistischen Wunder.

One day during the summer of 1949, a group of soldiers and inspector arrived in the town Li lived in and immediately announced to shocked children in a schoolhouse that drastic changes were now being implemented. After tearing down the Crucifix, statues and walls he informed the children they must place the objects into boxes and have them tosed into the toliet. One girl refused to move, even when the inspector shot the glass next to her with his pistol. Finally losing his patience, he ordered the guards to go bring her father and the local townspeople immediately to the church.

Once assembled, the guards threw her onto the communion rail and began mocking her. They laughed at the thought of God's presence in the tabernacle. Eventually they opened the ciborium and scattered the Hosts all over the floor. He shouted

"Do you still believe in those fairytales your priest told you?

The girl sat silent When the question was posted to her father, he answered with a resounding yes and was arrested. Soon an officer arrived and dispersed the crowd, locking the priest into a bin of coal. As he sat in silence, the priest could see the Host scattered over the floor. Each morning, he could see the same little girl sneak into the room, bow, and take the Host with her tongue. He would then see her place her hands together, close her eyes and pray before silently leaving. Day after day this happened.

One morning, as she sat praying, a guard burst through the door way and seized her. After a struggle, he fired his pistol once into her. She would spend her final moments crawling to a piece of the Host on the floor, taking it, and trying to fold her hands in prayer. The soldier, after reflecting on what had just happened, then unlocked the door to the coal bin and let the priest house. As they knelt together next to the girl, the soldier said

"Sir, if in every town there was such a little girl, no soldier would ever fight for the Communists!”

This story moved Archibishop Fulton Sheen so much that after reading it he vowed to pray a holy hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament every day for the rest of his life.

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On which date did Little li die?

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