Servire Deo shared this beautiful story with me and in turn I thought I should share it with you.
“At the beginning of the 17th century, Fr. Pedro Roiz related an extraordinary event on baptism in his book Anchieta.
“I find one case, with authentic documentation.... in which one sees the extraordinary mode in which God operated in a soul the effect of His predestination. It happened in this way: Walking along a beach, Father [Anchieta] deviated from the path and wandered further into the forest, for no special reason, but as if he was being led by another. There he found an old Indian sitting at the foot of a tree who called out to him, saying: ‘Come quickly, Father, for I have been waiting for you a long time here.’
“The priest asked his name, what land and village he was from. The Indian responded that his village was near the sea, and he showed other things by which the priest clearly understood that this Indian was not native to the district of Sáo Vicente… and that he had been led there by a hand more than human. The priest asked him why he had come and what he wanted, since he said that he had been waiting for him there. The Indian responded that he had come to hear about the ‘good life’ (which is an expression the Indians used to signify the law of God and the road of salvation).
“The priest examined his life in minute detail and found out that the Indian never had multiple wives, that he had never waged war except in self-defense, and other similar things. With this, the priest judged that the native had never sinned mortally against natural law and that he had much natural knowledge about things, as well as the Author of nature.
“As the priest explained to him the principal mysteries of our Faith, the Indian responded that he agreed and had known these things in his heart, but without knowing how to declare them. Finally, after the priest had sufficiently instructed him, he baptized him with rainwater that he took from the leaves of bushes nearby and gave him the name of Adam. As soon as he saw himself reborn in Jesus Christ through holy Baptism, joining his hands together and raising his eyes to Heaven, the Indian gave many thanks to God. His face was radiant with joy. He also thanked the priest for the charity that he had shown to him.
“Then, like one who had awaited nothing except this fortunate hour and now had nothing more to do in this life, he delivered his blessed soul to God in the hands of the same priest, and went to Heaven. The priest buried his body, covering it with sand. This is a case certainly rare and worthy of admiration, for which great praise should be given to the Creator and Redeemer of men.”
(Salvador, Brazil: Liv Progresso, 1955, pp. 115-117.)