“There was another woman in Aljustrel [Portugal] who never lost an opportunity to revile the three [Fatima] children as liars and impostors… Jacinta said, ‘We must ask Our Lady to convert this woman. She has so many sins which she does not confess that she will go to Hell!’ They offered some penances for her. And never again did she give them an unkind word.” (Our Lady of Fatima, pp. 122-123)
“Fr. Hoecken has left us an account of a journey Fr. De Smet [the Apostle of the Rocky Mountains] made to the Sioux [heathen], in the depth of winter, through snow from fifteen to twenty feet deep. He was mounted on a lame horse; his feet, nose, and ears were frostbitten, his legs were stiffened with rheumatism, and he was starving. At night the storms raged and wolves howled around the camp. Yet Fr. De Smet’s soul overflowed with joy: ‘My one desire is, with the help of God’s grace, to bear suffering and fatigue as long as it is within my power to endure them. I place my hopes in the bosom of my Savior and await my reward from His bounty, not in this life, but in the life to come.’ Such heroism and devotion yielded abundant fruit. The Christians increased rapidly in numbers among both the Indians and the American Settlers.” (The Life of Fr. De Smet, p. 223)
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