Teresa Bartlinski, the Catonsville child whose life and courage captivated people worldwide, was borrowed from heaven to teach all a lesson in God's love, the Rev. Christopher J. Whatley said Saturday at her funeral.
The 6-year-old girl, adopted from China by Ed and Ann Bartlinski, would throw her arms around strangers and ask how many flowers she could pick in heaven. On the day she received her first Holy Communion, she told her parents she was marrying Jesus.
Now, Whatley, the parish priest at St. Mark Church, said Teresa can collect her "crown of glory, the crown of triumph." Her life was the miracle, Whatley said.
"This little girl is a saint,"...