Excerpt from Record of a Suffering Soul
To the readers of le Ave Maria the name of Rose Howe was for a long time a familiar one, and her descriptions of Catholic customs in Catholic lands are still remembered by them. Catholic in mind, heart and soul and education, as she was, it need not be a matter of surprise that during the long illness which terminated her life her mind dwelt almost constantly upon the questions of eternity, comprised in those four last things, Which should stand first in the memory of every Christian. One fruit of this long meditation was her suddenly beautiful death, amid psalms of triumphant praise read aloud at her own request; another was this Record of a Suffering Soul, which, when first written, seemed like a prophecy, and now, that so long a time has elapsed since her death, comes like a revelation.
In order not to deprive Others of their repose, she never permitted anyone to watch with her after midnight, and it was during the latter part of a night of unusual suffering, some eight months before her death, that this tale of the other world was mentally sketched; the next day it was committed to paper, and it was her legacy to her mother. After having been read and admired in manuscript by priv ileged friends, it formed a part of a memorial volume printed for private circulation, from which it was reprinted in The Ave Maria.
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