From Mother Marie de Gonzague to the Carmel of Compiègne - 23rd April 1896.


From Mother Marie de Gonzague to the Carmel of Compiègne - 23rd April 1896.

Jesus Carmel of Lisieux

J.M. + J.T. 23rd April 1896

Most Reverend and good Mother,

I did not reply to you after receiving your little memorandum on the subject of our dear Martyrs, for we had two very specific healings we wanted to recommend to these holy Mothers’ prayers and I wanted to wait until the end of the novena to write to you: a young captain and father of 3 children, the eldest of whom is 6, had just been administered and had no hope of recovery. We recommended him to the prayers of the Blessed Virgin, who appeared near Les Sables d’Olonne (no trace in the press of the time), and our dear and Holy Martyrs, and he is saved. This perfect Christian is the first cousin of our Mother Sub-Prioress (Sister Marie of the Angels, née de Chaumontel). A young girl who is in a house in England and is the niece of one of our Sisters, had some operations on her foot. The poor foot had just taken a turn for the worst again and, causing her terrible suffering, put the child back to where she was at the beginning of this illness that was very serious 3 years ago. We entrusted the dear child to our Holy Martyrs. Yesterday she wrote that her foot was on the road to recovery, that she can walk and has resumed her habits… You can see my worthy Mother how happy I am, and our dear daughters are overflowing with gratitude!! For the fees you mentioned, I would like us to be able to send a large sum but kindly accept the widow’s meager offering. We enclose a small money order for 10 F that the Heart of Jesus will kindly multiply a hundredfold, I hope… I do not need to remind you, Mother, of our fraternal union. You know how strongly it is cemented by our dear Sister Fébronie (Sister Fébronie of the Holy Childhood found refuge at the Carmel of Rennes during the few months of exodus from Paris that occurred in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. There she found the Carmelite nuns of Compiègne who had withdrawn to the same town) who is and will be remembered so reverently by present and future generations. Say a little prayer for the poor old lady (she was 62 in 1896) whose shoulders have been carrying the crook since the month of March. She had so hoped to remain in her dear solitude that the burden seems heavier than in the past; my 3 years at the bursar’s office seemed like 3 days to me!... Strongly united to you in your works, I proclaim to be in the heart of our Spouse and near to all our Holy Martyrs.

Your humble servant

Sr. Marie de Gonzague


Spare a thought for a young novice who is taking her profession on 30th April (Sister Marie of the Trinity).