From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin CF 73 - November 5, 1871.


From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin

November 5, 1871

… My brother’s last letter made me feel much better, because I couldn’t overcome the sadness I was feeling. I saw that both of you are resigned to the will of God, who deprived you of your dear little angel in order to place him without delay among the ranks of the blessed. No doubt you’re in pain to have lost a beautiful baby here on earth, but you’re happy to have an angel in Heaven. These are two feelings: sorrow and joy; I often feel both at the same time. We know that life is short, and soon we’ll see them again.

As for me, I’m afraid that this will be sooner than I would like, because I’ve felt very tired for some time. Despite the strong desire I have to see my four little angels again, I prefer to be deprived of them longer, knowing that they don’t need me. I would rather stay with the four who remain with me and, it seems to me, to whom I can still be useful.

The bells for Vespers are ringing. Goodbye, my dear sister. While waiting to hear from you, I hug you with all my heart.


 © Society of St. Paul / Alba House

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