In times of peril : leaves from the diary of Nurse Linda Kearns from Easter week, 1916, to Mountjoy, 1921 / edited by Annie M.P. Smithson.
Smithson, Annie M.P. De Valera, Eamon, 1882-1975.
4 February 2016
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46 IN TIMES OF PERIL.
morning he again visited me, and said that perhaps
he had been too hasty on the previous day. I liked
him for that.
During my last month at Walton I was granted
permission to attend Mass daily and receive Holy
Communion, and this was the one comfort and con-
solation of my life. Mass was at 6.45 a.m., and I
was allowed to get my breakfast a little later than the
regulation hour of 7 a.m.
The little chapel was really lovely, thanks to the
Chaplain’s care and interest. It had been a creche
at one time, but when it was given as a Catholic
chapel he put his heart into making it as lit as pos-
sible for Divine worship. And it was certainly
beautiful, and so restful, the one spot in the entire
building where one felt free from the taint of evil. I
was the only prisoner who attended daily Mass; and
I was accompanied by a wardress. I used to feel
that for that brief half hour at least I was in a clean
atmosphere. Even on Sundays at Mass-God for-
give me !---I could not get away from the feeling that
my skirts touched crime.
It would be impossible to tell what my daily Com-
munions meant to me, and how much help I got then-
I could remember that Our Lord was also a captive
for our sakes, for love of us, and as I knelt before the
Tabernacle I often repeated these words:
“ It is not praise, it is scarcely a prayer
I only think of Him dwelling there;
And troubles and sorrow seem no more
When I gaze on the little golden door.”
And then I used to pray that my own captivity
would perhaps help to free my beloved country.