From Sister Marie-Dosithée Guérin to Mrs. Martin – October 2, 1863.

From Sister Marie-Dosithée Guérin to Mrs. Martin, 2nd October 1863.


Now I am going to try to reassure you, my dear sister, because you are very clever at torturing yourself. You mustn’t believe that just because your children are not as docile as you would like that they won’t become saints. Would you say for example that because little Marie is the kindest, she is the most virtuous? Not at all, since every child’s disposition is different in that sense; the two little ones (Pauline and Léonie) who are the most difficult will have more battles and as a consequence more victories, that’s all. Only you will need more talent and patience to bring them up well and if you are afraid you lack these, you will give them to us younger than you would have done and we will try to make them holy. Children with temperaments such as these can sometimes do wonders once God’s love is instilled into their hearts, and they bear better and sounder fruit. So don’t worry and raise them with great gentleness. Above all, make sure they are very polite because I have noticed that children who are not are much more difficult to subdue (This passage is crossed-out but still legible; after "polite", one can read "this is a very important point when educating children").     


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