JUNE 14, 2020: Today on the feast of Corpus Christi, Rev Fr Martin Arlando of the Divine Mercy Church in Sg Ara, Penang shared the story of how the courage of a young Chinese girl-martyr in 20th century China inspired the late American Archbishop Fulton Sheen to vow to pray a holy hour daily in front of the Blessed Sacrament for the rest of his life.
The Chinese girl’s courage and zeal to receive and adore the desecrated Hosts on the sanctuary floor is a lesson for all Catholics to appreciate and adore the Real Presence of Jesus in the church tabernacle. She is known as Little Li, China’s Precious Girl Martyr of the Eucharist.
Venerable Fulton Sheen was born in 1895 in Illinois and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria at the age of 24. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of New York in 1951, and remained there until he was named Bishop of Rochester in 1966. After he retired in 1969 at the age of 74, he was named titular Archbishop of Newport, Wales. He died at the age of 84, and was declared venerable by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.