The Polish Prince
A Polish Prince, who, for some political reason, had been exiled from his native country, bought a beautiful castle and property in France.
Unfortunately he had lost the faith of his childhood and was at the time of the events engaged in writing a book against God and the existence of a future life.
Strolling one evening in his garden he came across a poor woman weeping bitterly. He questioned her as to the cause of her grief.
All savings spent on medical treatment
“Ah! Prince,” she replied, “I am the wife of Jean Marie, your former steward, who died two days ago. He was a good husband to me and a faithful servant to your Highness. His sickness was long and I spent all our savings on the doctors and now I have nothing left to get Masses said for his soul.”
He said he no longer believed in God
The Prince, touched by her grief, said a few kind words and, though professing to no longer believe in a future life, gave her some gold coins to have Masses said for her husband’s soul.
Some time after, it was again evening, and the Prince was in his study working feverishly on his book.
The door of his study slowly opened
He heard a loud rap at the door and, without looking up, called out to the visitor to come in. The door slowly opened and a man entered and stood facing the Prince’s writing table.
A man entered and stood facing his desk
On glancing up what was not the Prince’s amazement to see Jean Marie, his dead steward, looking at him with a sweet smile.
“Prince,” he said, “I come to thank you for the Masses you enabled my wife to have said for my soul. Thanks to the saving Blood of Christ, which was offered for me, I am now going to Heaven, but God has allowed me to come and thank you for your generous alms.”
He then added impressively: “Prince, there is a God, a future life, a Heaven and a Hell.”
Having said these words, he disappeared.
The Prince fell on his knees and poured forth a fervent: “Credo“.
(to be continued)
– From: Read Me or Rue It, by E.D.M., approved of His Eminence the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon 4/6/1936, printed by Kerryman, Co Kerry, Ireland