The Reverend Mother Ursula of the Sisters of the Righteous Flowers was very pleased with the fresco being done on the south wall of the chapel. The image of herself had come up in a very pleasing way, and she thought it fitting she should be remembered as her overtures to the Pope for canonisation before her death had been met favourably.
She was, as she pointed out, an outstanding Christian and leader of the convent. Her fellow nuns all thought she was way above themselves and deferred to her in most matters including what breakfast condiment was to be on the table that week.
All improvements around the convent were attributed to her ‘spiritual’ intervention. The productive vegetable patch, the tomatoes bigger and better than ever, the abundant bean harvest and the outstanding crop of grapes which gave rise to a wine that gained the convent a reputation never before achieved. Each was the result of the Reverend Mother being who she was and an acknowledgement of her miraculous touch.
She was even known to have cured the sick and healed the infirm though a lot of that was here say and speculation. Once a month at Sunday Mass, Mother Ursula would give a blessing to the sick children in the parish. There was always one child who demonstrated a significant improvement after Mother Ursula had laid her hands on it. That it appeared to be the same child each month did little to reduce the enthusiasm the parishioners showed towards the good Mother Ursula.
By the time the fresco was completed the following year, the chapel was adorned with images of her in a variety of healing poses. It became a tourist attraction, and on the chosen Sunday of each month when she placed her blessing upon the selected children, it was standing room only.
Mother Ursula resided over the convent now awash with money and the hope that soon the Pope would declare her a living saint, as she richly thought she deserved to be.