We now know that what seemed to be lifeless required only the touch of the Hand of God that it might arise from the sleep that held it inert and
captive, to a new life full of vigour and promise. The history of the last hundred years in France has been the history of the gradual but sure awakening of Catholic belief and practice in the land. Storm after storm arose against religion, each of which testified to its vitality. After every attack the Church was seen to be stronger than before its coming. This revival of Catholicism has, under God, been due in great measure to Visions of our Lady which have thrilled the heart of all that is noblest and most chivalrous in France to love and enthusiasm for our Lord and His Virgin Mother.