Andrei Gotia Blessed Vladimir Ghika Prince, Priest, and Martyr I. Introduction In the summer of 1957, in Aiud prison, in the People's Republic of Romania, a political convict was in atrocious pain and counting the hours till dawn, when he would be taken to the hospital to have his crushed hand amputated. He was working in the factory when a heavy metal sheet fell on his hand, but it was too late to go to the town hospital, so, with nothing to alleviate his pain, he was left in the infirmary cell. He described the scene later: I was weeping with terrible pain, when I saw a silhouette beside me. I recognized him immediately--it was Monsignor Ghika. But how could that be? He had been dead for about three years, so I thought pain was making me delirious. I turned my head away, then looked again. He was still there, as if pained by my unbelief. He called to me, "My son!", blessed me and vanished. Next day early in the morning I was taken to the hospital. The doctor who had first examined me and had ordered the amputation tore away the rag that I had wrapped
Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture – Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture
Published: Dec 28, 2016
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