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From Sister Marie-Dosithée Guérin to Mrs. Martin - May 29, 1869

 From Sister Marie-Dosithée Guérin to Mrs. Martin

V. + J. (Live Jesus)

From our Monastery in Le Mans

My dear sister,

Unless you absolutely insist on coming on Monday, I would prefer you to postpone your trip until next week. I have caught another cold this week, I think it would be too tiring for me to talk for long in the visiting room but don’t worry it’s nothing. The doctor says that it will only last two or three days, I am already feeling much better and I would not have written except that there is another reason why you might regret coming so soon; it’s that Marie will probably be taking her first communion at the Visitation convent. I went and talked to Mr. Boulangé our chaplain last Tuesday; I read him what you wrote to me about your fears, and the importance [1v°] of such a significant event, whilst saying however that you left him free to do what he thinks best. He told me the reasons for having the children take communion when they are 9. Apparently the Holy Father (Pope Pius IX) wrote to the bishops of France telling them that they should let children take communion once they reach the age of reason, that Our Lord takes possession of their innocent hearts before they develop passions, and that what our Lord wishes is for them to love more than to understand. Nothing has been decided for Marie yet. Mr. Boulangé will give a final answer only 10 or 12 days beforehand (Marie took her first communion on 2nd July) in order to observe the attention and piety she puts into her preparation. 

I personally think that God will be happy to enter her little heart, the poor child does all she can, she undertakes everything I ask of her, practices self-sacrifice in the refectory, because she was very difficult. Besides I will see her practically every day from now on and follow her closely. Also write to her as often as you can so that she has all the help she needs (urge her to apply herself, she leaves much to be desired on that front).      

I am not very pleased with Pauline, she is lazy and undisciplined, send her a short letter when you get the chance to write. Tell her that you [2r°]….)

I forgot to ask you for Marie’s baptism certificate. Goodbye dear sister, I still have many things to tell you but they will be for your next trip: you can also expect a scolding, I have heard several things about you suggesting you deserve it.

Give my love to my Brother-in-law and the children.

Your affectionate sister

Sr. M. Dosithée Guérin

Of the Von of Holy Mary

B B. G.

 

 

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