December 22, 2016

Sandra and the Heart of Peace

Sandra grew up Catholic. Even from a young age, every time she went into a Catholic church, she felt a curious “tugging” of her heart. She never told anyone about it, however.

At one point in her adult life, she moved to Irondale, Alabama, the home of the Eternal Word Television Network begun by Sister Angelica. She started to visit the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel on the EWTN grounds. She felt the same tugging. It progressed such that she felt even if she simply drove by the chapel.

Finally, she asked someone about it, who told her that it was because Jesus, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, was inside the chapel. She felt like someone who has just made a dramatic discovery. She phoned childhood friends to ask if they knew about this. She was surprised to find that they had. She had grown up Catholic, but was only now learning a good deal about her faith.

She began to visit the chapel often just to stare at Him and be there. One day she was in the chapel praying for help. She was divorced and was raising two children herself, without any child support. She asked Jesus to reveal Himself, to show that He was really hearing her prayers.

She says that she suddenly saw a beam of light come towards her. She looked at the monstrance and saw Jesus’ human heart beating and pulsating, surrounded by fire. Rather than feeling uneasy or disturbed, she says that she “never felt such peace before in my life.” that she “knew in that instant that He was really there,” and that “He loved me.” She says that it felt as if “time stood still,” and that she wanted this experience to go on forever, but that it lasted only a few minutes.

She has told this story to many people, and they all say that they themselves feel a peace about them just listening to her.

Source: Proctor, Sr. Patricia, OSC, 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist (Spokane, Washington, The Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare, 2004) p. 171-72.


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