Last Tuesday, I started a series of posts on the history of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. Today (while it is still Tuesday), I will be posting “part 2” in this series.
…The following week, Adele was on her way to Holy Mass. Adele never missed Sunday Mass, no matter how miserable the weather or poor her health. Her sister Isabel and a neighbor woman accompanied Adele on this eleven-mile hike to Bay Settlement. As they came to the same location in the trail where she first saw the “Lady,” Adele suddenly stopped. She saw the same Lady, again dressed in white, standing between the same two trees. Adele was too frightened to continue walking. Her companions did not see the Lady, however they could tell by the look on Adele’s face that she indeed saw something and was afraid. They – in their bewilderment -also believed that Adele might be receiving visions from a poor soul. The group waited for some time until Adele told them that it (the Lady) was gone. The Lady disappeared and – just as before – all that Adele could see was a small white cloud or mist where the Lady had stood (The Chapel of Our Lady of Good Help, Sr. M. Dominica, O.S.F. 8).
Adele and her companions then continued on to Holy Mass. It is important to note that she did continue on to Mass; it is a testament to the strength of her character. Adele, however befuddled she was at the moment, did not allow her vision to deter her from her Lord. After the celebration of Holy Mass was concluded, Adele went to confession. She related to Fr. Verhoef, her confessor, the visions and explained her fears. Her confessor instructed Adele not to be afraid and to speak to him outside of the confessional. Adele obeyed promptly and Fr. Verhoef wisely told her that should she see this visitor once more, Adele should ask “in God’s name” who it was and what it desired of her. With these words, Adele left for home followed by her two companions and a man clearing land in the Bay Settlement for the Holy Cross Fathers (The Chapel of Our Lady of Good Help, Sr. M. Dominica, O.S.F. 8).
While I don’t want to even get close to plagiarism, I do wish to quote the Blessed Mother’s words exactly. Thus, what follows is a very lengthy quote from The Chapel History book.
“‘As they approached the hallowed spot, Adele could see the beautiful lady, clothed in dazzling white, with a yellow sash around her waist. Her dress fell to her feet in graceful folds. She had a crown of stars around her head and her long golden hair fell loosely over her shoulders; such a heavenly light shown around her that Adele could hardly look at her sweet face. Overcome by this heavenly light and the beauty of her amiable visitor, Adele fell on her knees.
“‘In God’s name, who are you, and what do you want of me?’ asked Adele as she had been directed.
“‘ I am the Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do the same. You received Holy Communion this morning and that is well. But you must do more. Make a general confession and offer Holy Communion for the conversion of sinners. If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them.’
“‘Adele, who is it ?’ said one of the women. ‘O why can’t we see her as you do?’ said another weeping.
“‘Kneel’ said Adele, ‘the Lady says she is the Queen of Heaven.’ Our Blessed Lady turned, looked kindly at them and said, ‘Blessed are they that believe without seeing.’
“‘What are you doing here in idleness,’ continued Our Lady, ‘while your companions ae working in the vineyard of my Son?’
“‘ What more can I do, dear Lady?’ said Adele weeping.
“‘Gather the children of this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation.’
“‘But how can I teach them who know so little myself ?’ replied Adele .
“‘Teach them,’ replied her radiant visitor, ‘their catechism, how to sign themselves with the sign of the Cross, and how to approach the sacraments; that is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing, I will help you (The Chapel of Our Lady of Good Help, Sr. M. Dominica, O.S.F. 8).'”
Before departing Our Lady raised her hands, beseeching a blessing on Adele and her companions. As she, and the luminous light which accompanied her, vanished from sight, Adele was left overwhelmed and prostrate on the ground, in the dark, dense woods.
Can you imagine how Adele felt, the mixture of her emotions at this moment? She had just been visited by Queen of Heaven and been given a mission. How will she carry it out and more importantly, who will believe her?
– Stay Tuned, I will (hopefully) post “part 3″ next Tuesday.