Gertrude was a rabidly militant Communist who was an elementary teacher in a girls’ school. She made it her mission to try to steal her pupils’ Catholic faith, and missed no opportunity to either mock their belief, or to slyly indoctrinate them in Marxist propaganda.
One particular pupil, Angela, an intelligent, devout little leader, asked Fr. Norbert to let her receive Holy Communion daily to help her bear up under her teacher’s constant persecution. “She will persecute you worse,” Fr. Norbert warned, but the ten year old insisted she needed Jesus more than ever.
Sure enough, from that day, sensing something different, Gertrude began a veritable psychological torture campaign.
On December 17, the schoolmistress devised a cruel trick meant to strike a deadly blow against what she termed“ancient superstitions infesting the school”.
In a sweet voice, she began to question the children, promoting atheistic materialism, arguing that things only exist that can be seen and touched.
To illustrate her point, she asked Angela to step out of the room. Then she had the whole classroom call to her, “Angela, come in!” called the girls in unison.
Angela entered, intrigued, but suspecting a trap.
“You see, girls,” oiled Gertrude, “because Angela is a living person, someone we can see, hear and touch, when we call her she hears us. But suppose…we were to call the Infant Jesus, in whom some of you seem to believe…do you think He would hear you?”