Circular of Sr Marguerite-Marie of the Sacred Heart

Léa Nicolle   1850-1926


There was no circular written for this sister as she died outside the monastery.

Her father was a stone cutter near Notre Dame de la Délivrande and her mother was a lace maker. At the time of the middle of the century (our sister was born in 1850) the lace making industry employed nearly 15,000 persons in the district of Bayeux. Her father died when the little girl was only 6 years old.

The young woman entered Carmel when she was 23 years old. Her sisters found her to be sweet and nice; one of those who makes community life sweet and agreeable. We see how she could have contact with Thérèse.

Sr. Marie of the Angels, the novice mistress, gave her a little daisy of the good God, having the simplicity of that flower. She found that she was one of the pearls of the monastery.

With that, she threw herself into work that was tiring with devotion, in front for all the difficult work.

Between 1886-1890, around the entrance of Thérèse, she began to show signs of mental problems which worried the community. They noticed the first signs of mental illness. The sisters testified: she made horrible screams, turned her head at an incredible speed for hours and said terrible things.

She was hospitalized at Bon Sauveur around 1890 and came back recovered. Monsieur Martin was hospitalized in the same hospital from 1889 to 1892.

But 5 or 6 years later she would relapse, would be hospitalized again without hope of recovery, then released to her family.

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