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6. CHINESE GIRL INSPIRES WORLD, 1900
Many of us in America do Holy Hours because of an anonymous Chinese girl. The Boxer Rebellion in China sought to expel all Western influence from the country, including Catholicism. A parish priest told the tale of what happened when his church was attacked. A girl hid in the back when he was arrested, and she watched soldiers pull out the church’s tabernacle, dropping 32 consecrated hosts onto the ground. That night, she sneaked back into the church, spent time in silent adoration, and then bowed down to the ground and took one of the hosts onto her tongue. She did the same thing 32 nights in a row, until the hosts were all consumed. After she received the last one, she was caught by a soldier and beaten to death. Archbishop Fulton Sheen said that hearing the story convinced him to do a daily Holy Hour. Many people were inspired by Fulton Sheen’s talk to do the same — including Bishop James Conley in Lincoln, Nebraska, and (among many, many others) me.