Father Popiełuszko's courage and integrity were astounding.
It is winter, 1517.
Every conversion story is "great."
"Mother, I will not let you do this!"
"Mother, I will not let you do this! You're still too young to throw your life away!"
In medieval and early modern Europe, healthcare — especially for those with chronic illnesses — was an improvised and often neglected affair.
Servant of God Blandina Segale, American missionary, sister, and Western Frontier figure once dubbed "the nun with spurs," befriended Billy the Kid and, it is said, saved many from being lynched.
"I won't, I won't!" cried the woman, writhing in the agony of nightmare.
The scene is the Basilica of Saint Mark, in Milan, in 1874.
Many a lover of man's best friend has hoped to find a shaggy welcome in heaven, as if the old fellow would wag his tail to say, "It's you! I'm glad you made it. I wasn't sure."