The convent of the Daughters of Charity at Rue du Bac, 140 in Paris was darkened the night of July 18th, 1830, when suddenly one of the postulants was awakened by a child’s voice. “Sister, Sister, Sister Catherine!” the voice called. The young woman sat up, rubbed her eyes, and pushed aside the net curtain that hung around her bed. There, standing in front of her, was a small boy of about five or six years of age. Dressed all in white, he seemed to glow with some sort of interior light. “Come!” he urged. “The Blessed Virgin awaits you!”1
Imagine for a moment that you were the one awakened that night. What would you have done? Would you have decided that you were just imagining things, rolled over, and gone back to sleep? Or would you, like St. Catherine Labouré, have obediently gotten out of bed and followed the small boy down the long corridors to the chapel where the Blessed Virgin Mary was waiting to speak with you?
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