[See My Direct Order from the Pope for the beginning of this story!]
When Elizabeth was brought to Strawberry Island to meet with the Holy Father during his visit to Canada for World Youth Day, the two were meeting as old friends. They both knew that it would probably be their last visit: both of them were in their 80’s and the likelihood of another visit seemed pretty remote.
Elizabeth asked the Holy Father to hear her confession and he agreed.
When it came time to give her penance, the Holy Father pointed at my picture again, on the back of the book that Elizabeth had given him.
He said “Knit outfits for these 3 children”…
referring to the 3 kids I had at the time, listed in my bio on the back cover of the book.
Within a couple of days, she had knitted outfits for my 3 kids.
A few days after I had met Elizabeth, hearing about the meeting with the Holy Father and receiving these knitted outfits, we received a phone call at night.
Upon release from Auschwitz at the end of the war, she and her best friend traveled across country with 5 orphaned children, returning them to the few relatives they could find. They walked, accepting the kindness of farmers who gave them warm potatoes to warm themselves and keep them alive on their journey.