Appatition of Benoite RencurelPerhaps "The best Christmas present ever," or "My first Christmas present," or "My favorite Christmas present," or even "Surprise Present," should have been the title. I am overwhelmed with happiness, gratitude, and the thoughtfulness of someone I have never met.
What am I talking about? I'm talking about the present I received today, Christmas Eve, from Patrick Robles. Out of the blue, arrived a padded envelope in the mail. The return address said Patrick Robles...France.
Yes, France--across the Atlantic from me. What on earth, is a man whom I have never met, (he's a Face Book friend), sending me. Inside are a couple of holy cards, a post card, and a bottle of holy oil from Notre Dame du Laus.
I had no idea of what Notre Dame du Laus was, is, or whatever.
Of course I googled it, and I've been spending the last hour, happily reading about Benoite Rencurel. Reading about Benoitre, alone is a blessing. I consider being introduced to her a Christmas present!
She was a simple peasant French girl, living in the seventeenth century. She was blessed to receive many apparitions--many, many. Read about her and love her. And the best part was that she was a Third Order Dominican. That's what is now called a Lay Dominican. I love her for this, and the fact that she was who she was--a humble, simple, pious, obedient, faithful servant of God.
I considered Patrick's introducing me to Benoite Rencurel and Notre Dame du Laus, one of the best presents I've ever received. And I also appreciate the Huile de la Lampe du Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame du Laus, the post card, and the holy cards and information, too.
Joyeux Noel Patrick!
Here's Patrick Robles: http://divineprovidence.e-monsite.com