|A true story about a child & healthcare-advised abortion (from May 1995)|
In due course a baby girl was born and they
named her Sarah. She was born normal.
But the story doesn't end here.
She looked at the picture and suddenly exclaimed: "It's God! It's God! He's broke. Kiss it! Kiss it!" Her family broke into wonder. While she'd gone up with her grandmother when she received the Eucharist, it was always a whole Host. At adoration of the Blessed Sacrament it would have been a whole Host again. The Holy Eucharist in the setting of this picture might not even to recognizable to grown ups of the faith (essential part of the picture of what Sarah saw to the right).
This was the child the medical people slated for death. A child of 1 1/2 years recognizing God in the Eucharist, a broken Eucharist at that. But even more than this, expressing feeling and a child's remedy: kiss the hurt.
As months went by, she began to go up to
the Communion rail, kneel, bow her head in prayer and upon leaving , throw
Jesus on the Cross a kiss. She has been observed
— and photographed without her knowing
it — climbing a chair to touch Jesus
hanging on a large crucifix. While she could not stretch enough
to touch His nailed feet, she was able to touch their footrest.
Her grandmother has a bust of the suffering Christ in her bedroom. The child on one occasion asked to stay by Him. On another occasion she told the suffering Jesus, "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry." Then she got a comb, climbed a stool and combed his scraggly hair to make Him beautiful.
She also expresses devotion to His mother. She will kneel before an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe whom she calls Guadalupe.
She is not yet three years of age, but
knows the Hail Mary, will remind family members of meal prayers and even
knows some of the Mass prayers by heart.
This is what abortion would've destroyed—not only a life but the fulfillment of God's purpose!
—John Riedell, May 30, 1995
Pictures from Betania
incident about Sarah seeing God in the picture of the Eucharist at the
table, her grandmother had a chance to go to Betania, Venezuela, when someone paid her
way. While there on August 16th, 1994, she took some pictures, a few
of which are shown here (all cropped for this site). She was so moved,
she was in tears as she photographed.
(The picture to the right is from negative
no. 20, and the one directly below it is from negative no. 19.)
We Catholics believe in what we call the Real
Presence of the Eucharist. While it outwardly appears as a wafer
of white bread, we believe that the bread once Consecrated is the Body of
In Matthew 26:26-28, it says: And while they
were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed and broke, and gave it to his
disciples, and said, "take and eat; this is my body." and taking a
cup, he gave thanks and gave it to them, saying "All of you drink of this;
for this is my blood of the new covenant which is being shed for many
unto the forgiveness of sins. We
take Him at His word:
"this is my body ...this is my blood".
This view is from negative no. 15, taken in sequence just before the picture from negative no. 16 above. The lady in the picture is weeping.
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