The Holy Eucharist, Our Lady, and a Miraculous Conversion
The following true story is recounted by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Just at the turn of the century, there was a woman married in Paris, just a good, ordinary Catholic girl, to an atheist doctor, Dr. Felix Leseur. He attempted to break down the faith of his wife and she reacted and began studying her faith. In 1905, she was taken ill and tossed on a bed of constant pain until August 1914. When she was dying, she said to her husband, “Felix, when I am dead, you will become a Catholic and a Dominican priest.”
“Elizabeth, you know my sentiments. I’ve sworn hatred of God, I shall live in the hatred and I shall die in it.”
She repeated her words and passed away. She died in her husband’s arms at the early age of 47.
Rummaging through her papers, Felix found her will. She wrote:
“In 1905, I asked almighty God to send me sufficient sufferings to purchase your soul. On the day that I die, the price will have been paid. Greater love than this no woman has than she who lay down her life for her husband.”
Dr. Leseur, the atheist, dismissed her will as the fancies of a pious woman. He decided to write a book against Lourdes. He went down to Lourdes to write against Our Lady.
However, as he looked up into the face of the statue of Mary, he received the great gift of faith. So total, so complete was it, that he never had to go through the process of juxtaposition and say, “how will I answer this or that difficulty?”
He saw it all. At once.
The then reigning pontiff was Benedict XV. Then came World War I. Hearing of the conversion of Dr. Leseur, Pope Benedict XV sent for him. Dr. Leseur went in the company of Fr. Jon Vinnea, orator of Notre Dame. Dr. Leseur recounted his conversion and said that he wanted to become a Dominican priest. Holy Father said, “I forbid you. You must remain in the world and repair the harm which you have done.”
The Holy Father then talked to Fr. Vinnea and then again to Dr. Leseur and said: “I revoke my decision. Whatever Fr. Vinnea tells you to do, you may do.”
In the year 1924, during Lent, I, Fulton J. Sheen, made my retreat in the Dominican monastery in Belgium. Four times each day, and 45 minutes in length, I made my retreat under the spiritual guidance of Father Felix Leseur of the Order of Preachers, Catholic Dominican priest, who told me this story.
Dr. Felix Leseur later wrote the introduction to Elizabeth’s journal, which was published. He said, “Her Journal shows how Elisabeth endured these terrible afflictions. She comforted those around her, never complained, and looked to the Eucharist, and to prayer and self-sacrifice, for the support she needed.”
Solemnity, Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God & World Day of Peace—Feast, Jan. 1:
“The world expects those who claim to adore God to be men and women of peace who are capable of living as brothers and sisters, regardless of ethnic, religious, cultural or ideological differences.” (Pope Francis, 11/28/14, address)
Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus: Blessed be His holy name!— Feast, Jan. 3:
“Christ is truly the Emmanuel, that is God with us, day and night. He is in our midst. He dwells with us full of grace and truth. He restores morality, nourishes virtue, consoles the afflicted, strengthens the weak.” (Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord—Feast, Jan. 4
I saw a Child stand, I saw a Child
Royally bedecked And he gave me the key
In crown, scepter, That opens the Heart
And finely wrought white garments, Of Him-Who-Is;
And a crimson cloak. Whom I can please
I saw a Child. If I repeat the Child's way:
And suddenly I knew Grow small,
The secret of all mystery. Quite small.
And of all immensity!
Then I will be so very big
Eternity opened That I will reach
Its sublimity to me. My Father's hand
I looked into And understand
The Face of Ecstasy. What it means to be
For hidden there Absorbed
Before my eyes And hidden
Was Love In the Lord of Hosts,
Become a Child A host myself.
For love of me!
I knelt Unto death to self;
Before His smallness, A piece of bread
And knew To be eaten up
I grew. With zeal and love
There before me For Him--
Stood the infant. The Child.
Aged a year or two.
And kneeling made me (By Catherine de Hueck Doherty, Servant of God,
As small as He. Foundress of Madonna House Apostolate)
Child, Man, and Host!
The secret of all mystery
Began with the Infant,
Grew with the Man,
And reached the infinity
In the smallest of
All things sublime --
St. Br. Andre Bessette, Miracle Worker, Montreal, Canada (1845-1937)—Feast, Jan. 6:
St. Andre spent long nights in adoration of our Eucharistic Lord. From the Blessed Sacrament, he drew strength to intercede for the healing of thousands of people while remaining a simple doorkeeper as a Holy Cross brother.
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord—Feast, Jan. 11: St. John the Baptist beheld Our Blessed Lord, just as we adore Him in the Sacred Host, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
Day of Penance for Violations to the Dignity of the Human Person—Feast, Jan. 22:
“If we can see Christ in the Host, then we can also begin to see Him in the poor, the weak, the terminally ill, and the repulsive and ugly person. We can also see Him in the baby in the womb. This child is hidden behind the ‘veil’ of the womb, much as Christ is hidden behind the ‘veil’ of the Eucharist.” (Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life)
The Presentation of the Lord—Feast, February 2: “He lays no great burden upon us—a little remembrance of Him from time to time, a little adoration; sometimes to pray for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sorrows, sometimes to return thanks for the benefits He has bestowed upon you and is still bestowing in the midst of your troubles. He asks you to console yourself with Him as often as you can.” (Br. Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God)
Our Lady of Lourdes, France—Feast, February 11:
On Thursday, February 11, 1858, Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes, France, beheld the first of eighteen apparitions from Our Lady. Bernadette described Our Lady's appearance, "She was wearing a white tunic cinched at the waist by a blue ribbon which fell down along her side. Her head was covered by a white veil. Her feet were bare and each had a shining yellow rose on it. A white beaded rosary with a gold chain hung from her right arm."
Some highlights of these heavenly visits of Our Lady are as follows:
1. At the first apparition Our Lady encouraged Bernadette to pray the rosary!
2. Our Lady urged Bernadette, and the world, to "Repent! Pray to God for the conversion of sinners!"
3. Water came forth from the grotto and Our Lady told Bernadette to "...wash at the fountain!"
4. Bernadette was instructed to ask the clergy to build a chapel at the spot, where people could visit her Son in the most Blessed Sacrament!
5. On March 25 Our Lady revealed, "I am the Immaculate Conception!"
Countless pilgrims have visited Lourdes since 1858. Numerous people seek and receive miraculous physical healings. Some are healed in the waters of the fountain but most the miraculous healings occur when Jesus is exposed in The Sacred Host within a monstrance and carried among the sick by a priest!
Our Lady has given us the solution: ask her intercession by praying the rosary and visit her Son in the Most Blessed Sacrament for the conversion of sinners, for healing and salvation! (From the Our Lady section of our web site, by L. Bracy)
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