372 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
her. She had many questions to ask, and for the first time
realized she was in a Catholic hospital. I was with her every
day, and she told me she was a 'High Church Episcopalian'
and, always said her prayers, and, whenever her engagement
permitted, went to church. I mentioned some ministers I
knew, and offered to send for any one she wished, but she
said, no, so sincerely that I did not press the subject.
"We had many talks about religious matters, and especially
about the Real Presence of our Lord in Blessed Sacrament.
She told me she always 'believed it possible,' and longed to
go to Mass. She begged me to take her just once to the cha
pel for Mass, and I promised she should go the following
"You are not surprised I became deeply interested in her
and had many prayers offered for her. As it neared Sunday
she grew so excited and anxious that I was about to retract
my promise, but when I said so the tears came and she plead
ed so earnestly that I could not resist her.
"She was taken to the chapel Sunday morning in a rolling
chair and was placed beside my priedieu.
"All during Mass I prayed for her with my whole soul.
She never moved. Her white, slender fingers were clasped
loosely in her lap, and she never stirred her hands. We all
went to the rail to Holy Communion, and when I returned to
my place and bowed my head in thanksgiving, I felt her trem
bling and heard her softly sobbing, I motioned to an atteiv
dant to take her to her room, but she shook her head and
would not go until after Mass.
"Shortly after breakfast she sent for me and 1 found her
with happiness and in an ecstacy of joy,
" 'Oh, Sister! she cried, 'I longed so to go to our Savior
all during that Mass. My heart cried to Him because I couldn't
go; but when you came back from receiving Communion I felt
He had come to me. I knew He was with you and I worship
ped Him because He was so close to me. I felt His Presence.'
"The ring of her voice is with me yet. 1 did not attempt
to repress my tears, and when she begged me to instruct her,
and declared there was nothing to satisfy her soul but the
Church, where Christ Himself remained, my joy was complete.
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