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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 473
kneeling down at the door of the pew, which I never did
before, came spontaneously and lovingly from my heart.
Father, I believe in the Hbly Eucharist, and adore the Real
Presence with every power of my body and soul."
Her glowing words came from the depths of her heart.
I did not interrupt her. I saw her eyes were full of tears,
and indeed, they were not far from my own. The hidden
God of the Eucharist hd made Himself manifest to her.
How I thanked Him!
''You have much to be grateful for," I said. "God has
done a great thing in your soul. "
- "Yes, Father, and there is nothing for me to do but to
prepare for my baptism and reception into the Church."
"As soon as you wish," I said. "It will be a great joy
to receive you into the Church, and baptise you."
I continued her instructions, and she left full of joy. I
expected her the next day. She did not come; another day
passed, and another. I heard no tidings of her. I grew
anxious and alarmed. She had never given me her address,
and I blamed my thoughtlessness in not asking it. Two
weeks passed by. Still no tidings. Words cannot express
my grief, my distress. A thousand thoughts passed through
At last relief caine. I learned she had taken suddenly
ill. Her disease developed into appendicitis. Her friends
had taken her to a non-Catholic hospital where an opera
tion was deemed necessary. She refused decidedly to sub
mit to it until she saw a Catholic priest, and although she
had asked for me, one of the priests from the Cathedral
was summoned hastily by 'phone, to whom she stated her
desire to be baptised and to receive Holy Communion. See
ing she was well instructed he baptised her and gave her
what she thought would be her first and last Communion.
1 The operation was concluded successfully and when she
was sufficiently recovered she wenu to a health resort where
'f she is slowly convalescing. She writes to me that her
greatest joy is her daily visits to the Blessed Sacrament in
I a lonely little village church not far from the cottage where
P she is staying. She concluded her letter by saying, "Oh