February 28, 2018

Sister Georgene

One morning in 1994, Sister Georgene attended the 5:30 a.m. Mass. It was one she would remember.

The year before, her father had died. She had to sell the family home. The money was needed to place her mother in an assisted care facility. That was 150 miles away from the school to which she was assigned in Key West, Florida. Now, she was about to be named principal of the school. There were difficulties to be met, daily, in her work, and she felt the strain of not being able to visit her mother. She was an only child and her mother was, in some sense, alone.

Sister Georgene was becoming depressed and was finding it harder and harder to cope. She had thought of going to the priest who had charge over the center to which she belonged, but decided against it. As she had done in the past, she steeled herself to doing it all on her own.

As she went to Communion, the tears and distress were at a height. She pleaded to Him for help, for some sign as to where she should turn.

It was then that she heard a voice that shocked her. It said, “go to him.” She turned around, startled, looking for someone who might have said this. Everyone was engrossed in their own silent prayer, however.

Heeding the direction given by the voice, she went to see the priest. That began her counseling and healing. She looks back on that day and on the answer to a prayer she was given.

The chapel in which that morning Mass was said soon changed. It was turned into a perpetual adoration chapel devoted to Divine Mercy. Above the tabernacle is a large image of Christ, in the Divine Mercy style seen by Saint Faustina.

At that one morning Mass there that Sister Georgene remembers, she was given to understand two things she already knew. The Real Presence is there for us in the Sacred Eucharist, and whatever may be our particular needs, He has mercy in His Heart for us.

Source: Proctor, Sr. Patricia, OSC, 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist (Spokane, Washington, The Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare, 2004) p. 201-02.


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