Little Nellie Organ Christmas Specials
Little Nellie Organ Christmas Specials from A Blessed Call To Love.
Nellie Organ of Holy God, from Cork, Ireland is a most powerful child mediator for our modern times, She so loved the Eucharist that we can hardly fail to obtain her intercession for us before God.
Little Nellie of the Holy God — 1903-1908
Little Nellie Organ Christmas was the last of four children born to Mary and William Organ (a soldier) on 24th August 1903, at the Royal Artillery Barracks, in Ireland. Both of her parents were very devout Catholics. Mrs. Organ died when Nellie was a baby. Nellie and her sister were sent to the Good Shepherd Sisters in Cork.
They knew nothing of Nellie’s injured back, caused by being dropped as a baby. But they saw that the regulation shoes were too heavy so they got a fine pair of slipper shoes. Sitting still was always the cause of bitter tears to Nellie on account of her weak spine. The Sister sent a pupil to take off the dainty shoes.
During a doctors visit to Nellie his verdict was that she was already very consumptive. He held no hopes for her recovery. Sister Mary Immaculata´s heart was pierced with regret for what she called her “harshness” to the suffering child.
Her love for Jesus
Nellie thought a statue of the Child of Prague was a doll. When she was told it was Holy God as a child, she became interested. Nurse Hall made a novena for her and when at the end she felt better and was able to get up, Nellie was greatly impressed. One day when Nurse Hall was ill, Nellie called a girl, “Quick, quick, bring Holy God, put Him on the chair near me, it is He that will cure Mama, you will see.” Then she embraced the statue and put it on the ground and said, “Now, little Jesus, dance for me.”
“What nonsense,” said the girl. “You know he can’t dance.” And she went on with her work.
Little Nellie Organ Christmas took her little trumpet, began blowing, and called out enraptured, “Look, look, see how he dances.” Another girl came but they saw nothing except Nellie, sparkling eyes and cheeks aglow. When she was not able to blow the trumpet anymore she called on the girl to “blow more music”. In a few moments she called out, “He has stopped!” and her face regained its usual calm. One of the Sisters, hearing of this incident, said, “Dear Lord, if you really did dance for Nellie, give us money for a bakehouse which we badly need.” A few days later £300 came from a lady marked: For A Bakehouse.
Nellie grows in holiness
The little altar of the Holy Infant, which stood beside her cot, received her greatest care. She frequently asked for fresh flowers and for oil for the lamp that burned before the statue.
The Bishop of Cork had said that if any children were in danger of death he would come and confirm them. One morning he felt inspired during Holy Mass to go and confirm the tiny child. Immediately, after breakfast, he called the Superioress and told her he proposed coming at twelve o’clock that very day to administer the sacrament of Confirmation to Nellie Organ.
And so, on 8th October 1907, Nellie received the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Nellie declared to all who came to see her on her Confirmation day, “I am now a soldier of Holy God”.
All this time consumption was wasting away the baby frame. Not only were her lungs affected but also her jawbone had begun to crumble away. In the end it came away in pieces, and the odour from it was extremely unpleasant – at times unbearable. The devoted nurse syringed it sometimes with disinfectants. The child, although it hurt considerably, nevertheless not once resisted this, after her Confirmation. When the nurse took out the syringe, Nellie took out her crucifix. Giving her intelligent consent to this pain.
Nellie’s First Communion
It was on a First Friday that Nellie received her first Communion. Dressed all in white she was carried down and placed in an easy chair before the Sanctuary. Nellie remained silent and motionless with her head bowed down in prayer and adoration. Every eye was on this baby of predilection; all her companions looked on in wonder.
Then came Father Bury in stole and surplice. Domine non sum dignus! Who can be worthy? No one. But He can make us worthy by His gifts and graces. Nellie knew this well for He Himself had taught her. She saw the priest approaching; she lifted her eager face. “The child,” writes Father Bury, “literally hungered for her God, and received Him from my hands in a transport of love.” So all her yearnings were satisfied. Holy God had come into her heart at last. Still Nellie sat there motionless, insensible to things of earth, in silent, loving conference with the Saviour, her radiant countenance reflecting the Eternal Light that dwelt within her.
On the 2nd of February Nellie flew to Holy God whom she had loved so faithfully. She was four years, five months and eight days old.
Pope Pius X said of her; “It is certain that Little Nellie practised virtue in an heroic degree, “She was a little angel. Her patience was admirable, her resignation in suffering perfect. Moreover, she showed a superior intelligence in supernatural matters. As for her innocence, it is beyond a doubt…she was an angel, living with angels.”
Tradition of oils
The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. It is used in sacraments and also as a devotional practice. The sick person applies the oil and blesses themselves. As they do so, they are asked to pray to whomever the oil is dedicated to. The Irish blessings oils do not have miraculous power. It is God who has the power to heal. Applying the oil while praying are important ways for us to express our faith in God’s power. Moreover, by doing so we place our trust in God.
Luke 10; 33-34. The Good Samaritan
“But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them”.