Book review: The Life of Little Nellie of Holy God
Christ Himself declared that to enter Heaven, we must be like little children. The life of Nellie Organ is a beautiful example of the childlike innocence and love that we should all strive for. Though she would only live to be 4 1/2 years old, this little Irish girl grew abundantly in her love for “Holy God” and the Blessed Sacrament. Nellie lost her mother to tuberculosis at the age of 3. Nellie’s father, a soldier, was certain that Nellie and her baby sister would receive the best possible care from the Good Shepherd Sisters who lived in a Convent nearby and ran St. Finbar’s School. She lived with the Sisters for 8 months- time spent mostly in the infirmary. But in this time, she displayed an extraordinary faith and love for “holy God.” One story relates how she knew a member of staff had not been to Mass that day, even though the young woman said she had. “You did not get Holy God today,” the child said. On other occasions, Nellie would relate how the Child Jesus came to visit her or play with her. She was given permission to make her First Communion at an extraordinarily young age and received the Eucharist about 32 times before her death in 1908. In fact, Nellie would inspire Pope Pius X to make it possible for children to receive Holy Communion at a younger age. When Pope St. Pius X was told about Little Nellie, and how she longed for Jesus in Holy Communion, and how reverently she received Him, he said, “There! That is the sign for which I have been waiting.”
This little book is a compilation of stories and pictures of her life, specifically the beautiful and inspiring last few months of her life.
Life of Little Nellie Holy of God is available for purchase at Amazon.com.