One Sunday morning, Helena, a member of the Providence, Rhode Island Women’s Club, sat in Church and listened intently to a reading of the episode in today’s Gospel Lesson:
A man who is deaf and has a speech impediment is brought before the Lord. Jesus is asked to use His healing power to cure these defects. He takes the man aside and puts His fingers into the man’s ears. Then Jesus spits and touches the man’s tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, he says “Ephphata” (“Be opened”) and, immediately, a transformation takes place: the man can hear clearly and speak plainly.
Helena was deeply moved by that Bible story. The next day, Helena went to a fund-raising “carnival” staged for the benefit of the Women’s Club. One of the events took place in a tent which had been set up for a medium to conduct seances. Helena bought a ticket, went inside, and sat down at a large round table, presided over by…
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