From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin CF 140 - September 29, 1875.


From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin

September 29, 1875


It hurts me that my brother is worried. However, I understand because I worry over a lot less. But it’s especially the little things that bother me the most. When it’s a real misfortune, I’m completely resigned to it and await God’s help with confidence.

I certainly share a very large part of all your troubles, and I’m as sensitive to yours as I am to mine. But I have the firm hope that this time of trial won’t continue. Why I’m so confident, and nothing can take that away from me, is above all the edifying way in which you keep Sunday holy. All the faithful observers of the Lord’s Day, perfect or imperfect, succeed in their businesses, and in the end, one way or another, they become rich.

I’m so convinced of this that I often say to the children, “Your uncle is going to be rich one day.” They answer me, “How do you know this, Mama?” I tell them that I know it, and that surprises them a lot. Marie said to me, “So you’re a prophet, Mama!” In the end, the future will tell us if I’m mistaken, but I don’t believe so.

So my brother went to see the Curé de Malétable? (Father Jules Clément Migorel (1826 – 1904), who built a church in Malétable dedicated to Our Lady of La Salette). I think he’ll return satisfied with his visit. I was reading again, last Sunday, the wonders that took place inside his little church, and they are truly extraordinary! They obtain the graces they want, but on the condition that they scrupulously observe the laws of the Church regarding Sunday.

I can’t help considering this good priest a saint. I’d wanted to go to him on December 8 to finish a novena I’d been saying for Léonie and to bring the child with me, but I was diverted by two priests to whom my husband had confided my intention. In general, the colleagues of this good priest make fun of him; but weren’t all the saints unrecognized? The Curé d’Ars, today almost canonized, was an object of contempt and a laughingstock during his lifetime, even on the part of certain clerics.

As for me, I’m going to be very careful not to buy anything on Sunday anymore. I’m not as strict about this as you and my husband are. For example, when I need a small loaf of bread for my children, I have it bought. But very often I admire Louis’ scruples, and I say to myself, “Here’s a man who never tried to make a fortune. When he set up his business, his confessor told him to open his jewelry store on Sunday until noon. He didn’t want to accept permission to do so, preferring to pass up good sales. And nevertheless, he’s rich.” I can’t attribute the affluence he enjoys to anything other than a special blessing, the fruit of his faithful observance of Sunday.

My dear sister, I’ve already been in the Association of the League of the Heart of Jesus for a long time, but, unfortunately, I’m no better for it because I’m in all the associations, and I don’t fulfill the obligations faithfully enough (she belonged to several pious associations:The Archconfraternity of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus,The Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers, The Association of Prayers for the Salvation of France, The Confraternity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Pious Union of Our Lady of Good Council and The Franciscan Third Order). Every month, a holy young woman comes to preach to me and brings me my little card. I’m glad I received your letter. It’s going to motivate me, and I promise you, starting today, I won’t neglect any of the requirements.

I never miss, nor does Marie and, naturally, nor does Louis, receiving Communion every First Friday of the month, no matter what difficulties we foresee for that day. We change the time of the Mass we usually go to, and that’s all that’s needed.

I’m very satisfied with my eldest daughter. She’s always working and takes charge of putting the house in order while the maid is away, who left to go home to her parents.

Pauline intends to write to you shortly. I’m bringing her back to Le Mans on Wednesday, October 6 (that Wednesday was October 7.)


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