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From Céline to her sisters Agnes of Jesus, Marie of the Sacred Heart, and Thérèse - February 27, 1889

From Céline to her sisters Agnes of Jesus, Marie of the Sacred Heart, and Thérèse. (Extracts.)

February 27, 1889

Caen, February 27, 1889, from the Orphanage of St. Vincent de Paul.

Uncle must have given you an account of yesterday's visit, so I am not going to give you a lot of details. 1 need only have you hear the song of the exile sighing for his homeland.

The more I travel, the more I see things, the more I am detached from the earth, because at each moment, I notice the nothingness of what is passing away.

The Sister said to him [M. Martin] that he was rendering them a great service by bringing back the fallen-away patients to God. "You are an apostle," she told him. "That's true," answered dear little Father, "but I would prefer to be an apostle elsewhere; how­ever, since it is God's will! I believe it is to break down my pride." If you only knew, dear little sisters, how these words struck me to the heart. I think Papa is so holy!. . . But it was when I saw him go back inside, the moment when the door was shut on him again that my heart was torn. He is so good! He follows the infirmarian with such meekness!

I showed Papa's portrait to the Mother Superior of St. Vincent de Paul, and she thought it was very beautiful.... I am here in a real cell; nothing pleases me more than this poverty, and I would not exchange it for the brightest salon.

 

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