When travelling far for Mass is sooo haaarrrd!

Thanks for a kind reader, I learned of this story from CNA.  I present it to those of who who think that traveling a distance to Mass is sooo haaarrrrd:

Young African woman crawls 2.5 miles to attend Sunday Mass

Olivia (Photo courtesy of AVAN)

.- The Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly in Chissano (Mozambique) took into their home this week a 25 year-old African young girl named Olivia, who despite not being baptized at the time and not having any legs, crawled 2.5 miles every Sunday to attend Mass.

According to the AVAN news agency, the nuns said that one day, they saw “something moving on the ground far away,” and when they drew near they saw, “to our surprise, that it was a young woman.”

“We were able to talk to her through a lady who was walking by and who translated into Portuguese what she was saying to us” in her dialect, they said.

The sisters said that although “the sand from the road burned the palms of her hands during the hottest times of the year,” the young woman crawled to Mass, “giving witness of perseverance and heroic faith.”

The young woman received baptismal preparation from a catechist, who periodically visited her at home.  After she was recently baptized, one of the benefactors of the sisters donated a wheel chair for Olivia.

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  1. Deusdonat says:

    This is very moving…but puzzling. Are we to beleive that it was only these nuns who finally noticed this young woman after all these visits crawling to church? No one? Niether the priest of the parish or any of the other Christian parishoners? Puzzling indeed.

  2. Paul Haley says:

    Methinks we have a saint in the making here for astounding virtue above and beyond the call. Would that we all would have such devotion and desire for Holy Mass.

  3. Mitch says:

    God Bless, she has earned her wings.

  4. Joe says:

    I am not yet converted. What great faith!

  5. Scott says:

    Talk about feeling inadequate.

    Have mercy on me Lord!

  6. RS says:

    Very inspiring. “He has scattered the proud in their conceit, and lifted up the lowly.”

  7. Maureen says:

    You’d be surprised what you can do right in front of people without being noticed. You don’t even have to be hiding to be practically invisible.

  8. Ohio Annie says:

    Maureen is right. Hiding in plain sight is very easy. Whether a new person, even such an unusual new person, is noticed depends on whether the other people are looking out for others.

  9. Hidden One says:

    Think i’m gonna bookmark this post. She and St. Padre Pio would get along famously courtesy of their understandings of the importance of the Mass.

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