There were some women there collecting seaweed that the waves were dragging out. With them were two children playing in the sand.
The sea here is ordinarily gentle, but on this day, the sea was a bit strong. I braced myself for the bath and waited for calmer moments. I climbed to the top of some rocks to harvest shellfish (limpets).
Soon I heard some distressing screams. I looked and saw the poor women calling out as a strong wave dragged the little ones away.
I threw off the mariner dress that was hindering me and jumped into the water. I managed to grab one of the children and bring her out. At first, I didn’t see the other but soon discovered her leaning on a rock where, fortunately, she was trapped, wedged between rocks. I pulled her out with the help of Our Lady to whom I called, and managed to save those two lives.
After a few agonizing moments during which the children vomited up the sea water they had swallowed, the poor women did not know how to thank me.
“You have to thank the Virgin that was here and not me,” I told them, to instill in them devotion to Our Lady. In fact, I believed that it was she who helped me because although swimming was easy for me, the affliction was enough to stop me.
Servant of God Maria Lucia of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart
Chapter XI, Dorothean Nun
of St. Teresa Coimbra Portugal, C 2015, A pathway under the gaze of Mary : biography of Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart O.C.D., translated from the Portuguese by Colson, J, World Apostolate of Fatima USA, Washington NJ.
Amazing!! I grew up near a river and I can understand this picture clearly. That’s certainly miraculous. And as the Mediatrix of All Graces, that means this sort of thing is available for me too…
Available and ready! 💙