From Sister Marie-Dosithée Guérin to Mr. and Mrs. Guérin – December 30, 1868.

From Sister Marie-Dosithée Guérin to Mr. and Mrs. Guérin.

30th December 1868.

V. + J. (Live Jesus)

From our Monastery in Le Mans

(2r°] I don’t want these wonderful Christmas celebrations to go by without writing you a note: first of all to thank you for the 4 bottles you sent me, they have done wonders, Sr. Marie Josephine’s hands are better, if you could tell us which remedies are as efficient as this one for all illnesses, you would be doing us an immense favour, we would not have so many ill people or lose so many sisters.

I am looking forward to hearing news from you soon I hope they will be good. Marie and Pauline would have really liked to see you and their little cousin but I hope that in a few months we will all meet up. Zélie should be coming on Wednesday (6th January; in fact Mrs. Martin would come on 31st December) to pick up her children, poor sister I am looking forward to seeing her, she really is at the school of the Cross: her little Hélène has had measles: it is a little illness that is harmless in itself but it has caused events so serious that I fear for the child; coughing up a considerable amount of blood is not something to be taken lightly especially at that age. I hope you have more happiness with your children than she has had with hers.

[2 v°] Marie and Pauline were so excited about writing to you, I had to give them gold-edged paper, they said it was indispensable. I didn’t correct their faults so that you can see what they know. Marie hardly makes any spelling mistakes now that I have explained certain rules to her. I will also explain them to Pauline but it is still too early, she won’t understand any of it, but I find that naturally she has much more style than Marie. This little one is so naïve that she delights everyone. She wanted to become little Jesus’ child at Christmas, but we couldn’t do it. It has been 5 weeks now since she last won the rosette, she is too lively and fidgety. If the teacher happens to leave her for a minute without something to do, she can no longer sit still and she is off. She is like her dear Godfather (Mr. Guérin) who on his days out used to do the stocktaking of the whole house, opening all the drawers and cupboards, ferreting around and turning everything upside down, uncorking all the bottles. I don’t know if you remember, one day you uncorked a bottle of alkali, the strong smell made such an impression on you that hurrying towards us looking frightened, you shouted: it’s over I’m dead! but alas, why do my thoughts turn towards the past, it is full of empty spaces, 1 Our cherished Father and Mother who lived solely for us are in heaven and even we are running towards it with great strides! In the meantime dear brother and sister, let us try and use our time as best we can so that we don’t have any pointless regrets at the hour of our death, therefore I desire that the New Year that is about to begin, and which could well be our last, is indeed very good, not according to the maxims of the world but according to God, and for this reason I will not let one day go by without recommending you to Our Lord.  

[2v° tv] I am in good health apart from a cold, but it’s nothing (Sister Marie-Dosithée was suffering from a form of slow developing tuberculosis). I send you all my love, I would like to give a New Year’s gift to my dear little Jeanne and since it is not possible I will ask Our Lord to compensate her for this.

Your affectionate Sr.

Sr. M. Dosithée Guérin

of the Von of Holy Mary

B. B. G.

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