In The Pigeon with the Ruby Collar, the prince, who because of war and upheaval has been shut up in a dungeon, has not seen the sun for years, and developed sun-sickness because of it. He cannot be exposed to the light of day lest it kill him. So he stays in his study with the shades drawn, writing books on government and war.
Suddenly, much to his surprise, the Pigeon with the Ruby Collar bursts into his room through the shades of an open window with a message from Princess Jocelyn Anne. She is alive and well and wants to see him. So he travels to her castle in a carriage with the shades drawn down.
When he arrives, he finds himself in a long line of the sick and suffering who are waiting for Princess Jocelyn Anne to come down the stairs and heal them with her magic touch. But, as it turns out, it isn’t magic after all; it is Goodness and Love. “For Princess Jocelyn Anne is life-giving Goodness, which is Love. There is no difference, and its source is the Creator who lives forever.”
By her presence, she beckons me and all of her household into our own places within the Goodness. And this calls us to work and dance and live in the sun — to have joy again instead of fear.”
The key phrase being: “by her presence.” The key to Princess Jocelyn Anne’s healing power is the presence of the Good in her, which is also Love.
Princess Jocelyn Anne, therefore, is a picture of the difference each of us can make in the world because of the power of the Holy Spirit in us. It’s not magic; it’s the Lord, and His presence affects people around us; sometimes when we don’t even realize it. What’s necessary is to get ourselves in relationship with others; the Holy Spirit will do the rest. Open those curtains and let the sun in. And then get out of that dark place. Leave the fear behind and get out where the joy is. He shows up, when we show up, because He is in us.