From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin CF 127 - January 13, 1875.


From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin

January 13, 1875

I’ve gone such a long time without answering your letter, but you are so good you’ll forgive me for it. I should have done it last Sunday, and still I put your letter aside to write to others whom I love much less than you, but who would have been less indulgent.

I begin by thanking you for your New Year’s wishes and asking you to accept mine, which are certainly as sincere. I strongly hope God will make you prosper one day. If the trial lasts a little longer, you mustn’t lose heart: “He who trusts in God will never fail.”

My big girls were with me for four days and it was a short visit, but we must comply with the regulations. I received news from them yesterday, and they told me that those who delayed their return to school by one day were punished very severely. They were delighted with their travel bags, which they took with them, as you can well imagine! They thank you for them a thousand times.

I’m having so many problems with my poor Léonie. You know that every day she was taking lessons in the home of two elderly retired nuns. I wasn’t dissatisfied with the way they were teaching her, and then, all of a sudden, I discovered something about these so-called good Sisters (two elderly teachers had put on a religious habit to command respect) that absolutely prevents me from continuing to entrust Léonie to them.

Imagine that they let languish a poor eight-year-old child [Armandine V.] they’d adopted, supposedly out of charity. I began to learn of this story two months ago. Before acting, I wanted to be very sure of what I suspected because it would cost me a great deal to denounce them. But last Thursday, an event made up my mind completely.

There’s a big uproar here that I won’t begin to tell you, but which has already caused me and will still cause me a great deal of concern and a lot of aggravation. I was able to obtain a place at The Refuge for the little girl, and I’m waiting for her mother so she’ll take her there. I told the Sisters the whole truth of what I thought of them, these unfortunate hypocrites who pray, or pretend to pray, to God from morning ‘til night, and I took Léonie away from them.


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