Osty, Dr Eugene - Supernormal faculties in Man – M. de Fleuriere was given a piece of cloth from the vest of Abbe Vianney, the famous Cure d'Ars
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Supernormal faculties in Man- Dr Eugene Osty
Circumstances and, conditions of experiment.
On May 11th, 1921, M. Claude Lefebvre, at the end of a seance, presented to M. de Fleuriere a small piece of cloth, and asked if he could speak of the person from whose clothing it was taken. M. de Fleuriere consented to try, without much hope of success. He took the piece of stuff, placed it to his forehead, shut his eyes for a few minutes, then opened them and said:
"The fluid is intense and wonderful, proceeding from a pious and saintly soul. This is not recent, it goes back far. This person seems to have lived under the First Empire and to have died between 1853 and 1863. The person who gave you this piece of stuff has lived for some time west or north-west of Paris, Brittany or Normandy, and has lived in Italy or travelled there.
The person from whom the stuff came has been much talked of and has even performed some sort of miracles. Rightly or wrongly, soldiers during the war have attributed their safety to him.
This man had a physical resemblance to Voltaire, but it is not he, for his character is markedly saintly. Who can it be?
At this point M. de Fleuriere meditated for a few seconds, and then getting up, staggered like a drunken man, turned round, and taking a medal hanging from the wall of his study, held it out, saying, "That is the man."
The medal represented the Abbe Vianney, the famous Cure d'Ars.
In April, 1921, M. Lefebvre had met Mile J- at the house of mutual friends. This lady had, at one time in her life, looked after an old priest in a nursing home in Normandy (Orne). There was there an old gardener who had assisted at the exhumation of the body of the Cure d'Ars at the time of the Beatification proceedings, and had secretly taken from the body an undervest which he kept as a precious relic. He gave MIIe J- half of this.
After the death of the old priest Mlle J- left the nursing home. The war followed. She cut the relic into pieces and gave them to soldiers, who subsequently attributed their immunity to them. From what remained in 1921 Mlle J- gave half to M. Lefebvre, and from this was cut the little piece given to M. de Fleuriere.
To make the story complete, it may be noted that Mlle J- had lived in Italy, having been appointed as maid of honour in the Royal Family. This metagnomic fact shows that the subject grasped and revealed the content of M. Lefebvre's mind, and added nothing to it. This fact seems to be the cognizance of conscious knowledge in another mind there present, and as such I cite it here.