October 2, 1882
At the age of ten,
she was deeply distressed when Pauline, her favorite sister whom
she had chosen as a substitute mother, left to become a Carmelite
(October 2, 1882). This new emotional shock went so deep that
she fell seriously ill. For a whole month, her family were at
their wits end, even doctors could find no explanation for the
hallucinations, tossings, turnings and anorexia which afflicted
her. Family and Carmelites alike prayed to Our Lady of Victories.
And, on May 13, 1883, when it seemed that she would either die
or lose her sanity, the family's statue of the Virgin smiled at
her, and she was cured. But "spiritual torment" was
to be her lot for years to come, slackening only when she started
preparing for her long awaited First Communion.