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From Mother Marie de Gonzague to the Carmel of Tours - 14th October 1892 (Fragment).

From Mother Marie de Gonzague to the Carmel of Tours - 14th October 1892 (Fragment).

Our poor Lisieux is becoming so dead, so sad, I do not know why people seem to be fleeing it, we have no friends left.

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From Mother Marie de Gonzague to the Carmel of Tours - 9th September 1890.

From Mother Marie de Gonzague to Mother Marie-Xavier of Saint Teresa, the Prioress of the Carmel of
Tours. 9th September 1890.

J.M.J.T.
Carmel of Lisieux
Jesus! 9th September 1890
Dearest Mother,

I have received the grievous news from your dear daughter; your precious relic (Mother Thérèse of Saint Joseph, former Prioress of Tours, who died on 8th September 1890) has left you for the fatherland. How delighted I am for her and how I suffer for you… I remain close to you and my tears mix with yours near her dear remains; I fear I will directly have the same sorrow.

 

Venerable Mother Geneviève is changing and she has been very tired for a week. However, [God] allowed her to witness the joy of a child whom I offered yesterday (Thérèse, who was professed the previous day). This angelic child is 17 and a ½ and has the wisdom of a thirty year old, the religious perfection of an old consummate novice, and is endowed with self-control; she is a perfect nun. Yesterday, not an eye remained dry at the sight of her great and entire immolation.

From the highest heaven your venerable Mother witnessed her happiness and our joy, I pray she will bless us.

Take care of yourself, Good Mother, you must be very tired, very broken. Pass on the most fraternal greetings possible to your dear flock. Let us be further and further united at the foot of the cross. Your unworthy but affectionate little Sister and servant,

Sr. Marie de Gonzague
u.c.n.

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From Mother Marie de Gonzague to the Prioress of the Carmel of Tours - December 30, 1888.

From Mother Marie de Gonzague to the Prioress of the Carmel of Tours - 30th December 1888.

J.M.J.T.

Carmel of Lisieux,

30th December 1888

May the Child Jesus shower us with his favours.

My very good Mother,

You must think me indifferent not coming sooner to tell you how touched I was to see that you had not forgotten our poor little Carmel when distributing your dear books (the recently published work; “La Fille de Sainte Thérèse à l’école de sa mere” (“The Daughter of Saint Teresa at her mother’s school”), by Mother Thérèse of Saint Joseph, former Prioress of the Carmel of Tours) which I took tremendous pleasure at glancing at quickly… Anything that talks of our Holy Mother deeply moves the hearts of her daughters. Thank you, thank you; it seems to me I wrote to this good Mother Thérèse of Saint Joseph 7 or 8 years ago for novenas to the Holy Face, which is one of our great devotions and from whom we have just received a great grace. In addition, a lamp burns in the sanctuary before the Holy Face, and in our Choir for a few hours every day before another, both of which carry the authenticating seal from Rome. I think, Mother, you know that the good Mother Sub-Prioress in our dear Saigon convent is sick. In case you did not know this, please, good Mother, say nothing about it, but let us pray for the dear Carmel; the climate kills quickly, and it is tried…

Please accept, Worthy Mother, my sincere wishes for 89. Our united souls, and our hearts that form but one heart, will obtain for each of us all heaven’s blessings for our two cherished Carmels.

Your little Sister and servant,

Sr. Marie de Gonzague.

u.c.n.