Monday, March 09, 2009

An apparition

In Fulton J. Sheen's autobiography, Treasure in Clay, the bishop tells of a lady who approached him sometime in the late '30s or early '40s and said, "Monsignor, every time I cross Fifth Avenue I get a pain in my left leg, and the Blessed Mother appears to me and says, 'Tell Monsignor Sheen to go to Germany and convert Hitler.'"

Sheen responded, "My dear lady, it's funny you should say that, because every time I cross Fifth Avenue I get a pain in my right leg, and the Blessed Mother appears to me and says, 'Please ignore what I told that lady this morning.'"

The venerable cleric reports that "the lady went away satisfied."