Holy Mother, if you do not give me my babies, I will take yours

When Suzanne Aubert went to Rome to plead for the welfare of the babies in her care, she visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Counsel. In her own words, speaking in the third person, she describes her experience when she prayed before the little picture: ‘Holy Mother, if you do not give me my babies, I will take yours.’ She had hardly uttered these words when she jumped back, terrified at seeing the faces on the picture taking an appearance of life. The eyes of the Infant were riveted on her. Later she heard that if she had felt afraid at the change, it was a sure sign that it had really taken place, and that her petition had been granted. (Extract, May 1914)