Continued from yesterday...
The Children of Fatima
What happened more recently at Our Lady's sanctuary in Fatima will serve as another lesson on how to reach great holiness by simple means.
The Angel Guardian of Portugal came to prepare the three chosen children who were later on destined to see Our Blessed Lady.
Three things the Angel bade them do, viz., to pray devoutly, to hate sin and to offer to God with patience the sufferings the Almighty would be pleased to send them, this for His greater glory and for the salvation of souls. God's Holy Mother herself, when she came, taught them the same lessons, which enabled these poor ignorant little children to become worthy of their glorious mission.
Can we not do what three poor, unlettered children did?
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We ourselves from time to time meet with simple souls whose extraordinary virtue is made evident by a single act.
A dear old woman run over by a carriage in Dublin and horribly crushed was rushed to a hospital.
One of the Mercy Nuns who became her nurse tried with infinite delicacy to comfort and console her.
What was not the nun's surprise when the patient opened her eyes and said,
"Sister dear, are you telling me to be resigned to God's Holy will? Let me tell you that God's holy will has been always to me as welcome as the fruit to the tree."Poor, with many sorrows and needs during her long life, she now, in the throes of agony, manifested her perfect union with the will of God....
From An Easy Way to Become a Saint
by E. D. M. (1949)
The Catholic Printing Press
With Ecclesiastical Approbation
13th June 1949