Be sure to check out Vultus Christi and the entry on Benedict’s words about Nennolina, a little Roman girl whose heroic virtues the Pope has recently recognized as part of her cause.
This was an interesting little girl, who lived only to six and half years old, just after she was given her First Holy Communion. She suffered terribly from bone cancer and lost a leg.
This is what the little girl wrote some months before her Communion:
"Dear Jesus Eucharist I love You so much! . . .
Really very much!
Not only because You are the Father of all the world, but also because You are the King of all the world, I always want to be Your lamp which burns night and day before You and near You in the Sacrament of the altar.
I’d like You to grant me three favours the first – make me saint, and this is the most important favour;
the second – give me some souls;
the third – make me walk normally, to tell the truth this is the least important.
I’m not saying to give me back my leg, I gave it to You!
Dear Jesus I like my teacher Sister Noemi very much.
I love her so, help her to do all the necessary things that You want her to do.
Dear Jesus Eucharist!
I love You so much so that I’m really longing for Christmas.
Make my heart shine to You when You come into my poor heart.
Dear Jesus, I’ll make a lot of sacrifices that I’ll offer to You
when I do the First Holy Communion.
Dear Jesus Eucharist! . . .
I want to suffer a lot to redeem also the sins of men, especially of the very bad ones.
Dear Jesus Eucharist I say good-bye to You and I kiss You.
Good night Jesus good night Mary."