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From sr Marie of the Eucharist (Marie Guerin) to Mrs Pottier – June 24, 1900

From sr Marie of the Eucharist (Marie Guerin) to Mrs Pottier– June 24, 1900

                                          J.M.J.T.                                               24th June 1900

+ Jesus!

                     Dear Céline,

   To my great regret, I can’t give you the scapulars today, so I’ll send them by the post in a few days. Ordinarily, I would have been able to sew them in the morning, but tomorrow is our Mother’s feast day so I won’t be able to see to them. It’s so kind of you to help the Carmel’s business like this. Our Mother is very grateful to you.

   I’ll pray for the intentions you mentioned. You’ll tell me all about it when you have the time. I haven’t had news of your spiritual well-being for a long time. Are you still pleased with your director? Poor Céline; if only you knew how much I love you, and how hard I’m praying for you.

   The people of Bernay must be very pious to wear so many scapulars. I see you’re in good company; you have a religious entourage. Were you pleased with the pretty scapular I sent? I didn’t dare sew you the really lovely one that cost 1fr.50, thinking that this one was sufficient, and better, I think, given the amount of money you wanted to put into it, costing only 80 centimes. Was I right? You see, I always act in your best interests, darling little Sister.

   Give a big kiss to Guiguite for me. I think she writes really well. I thank her for the affection she shows her aunt Marie, and the same goes for Maimaine.1

   Poor darlings, I love them so much! Ah, I love them like an aunt and think of them as my own nieces. Try to recover some strength at Trouville, you and all your family.

                   With fond kisses

                       your little sister

                       Sr Marie of the Eucharist

                              u.c.n.

Remember me to your husband.

Give my aunt my love. Since she looked after Mamma so well before she died, you don’t know how fond of her I am.

1 Guiguite and Maimaine are nicknames for Céline’s daughters Marguerite and Germaine.