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From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to Céline - Late September 1890.

From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to Céline - Late September 1890.

J.M.J.T.
Dear little Céline,
Do what you think is best on the subject of the trip (pilgrimage to Paray-le-Monial for the 200th anniversary of the death of Bl. Marguerite Marie Alacoque. Still attached to the Visitation, “poor Léonie” wanted very much to go, but there was no question, at the time, of travelling alone! Céline would accompany her, and travel with Thérèse and Hélène Pougheol, as well as their father and Father Domin, their uncle), follow Uncle’s advice. If he consents to it, it means God will arrange everything for the best. It is upsetting depriving poor Léonie, who so wants to go to Paray. I do not follow her close enough to judge the condition of her health as well as you others, but by advising her to be reasonable, and avoiding all that you pointed out to me in your letter, we might perhaps allow her this pleasure. It’s up to you and Uncle to decide. Dear little Sister, your role has been and always will be to sacrifice yourself. But what an enviable role it is, and one day you shall harvest the fruit of your labour and tears.

In our psalms we often sing: “They went out weeping, carrying seed to sow; they will return with songs of joy, carrying [v°] sheaves with them.” (Ps 126:5-6). Each time I see these words, my heart surges with hope. Yes my darling little sister, one day your sheaves will be superb… if you weep as you plough the furrow, remember that it’s no less than heaven – beautiful heaven! – that you will harvest!...
Tell Aunt that Mother Geneviève was so touched when I told her of the trouble that will be taken for us on Wednesday (1st October, wedding day of Jeanne Guérin and Francis La Néele), that our kind Mother cried with tenderness. Our Mother asked for General Communion for the Community on that day and as I was telling M. Geneviève, who didn’t yet know about it, she replied: “I will not take it until Thursday but it will also be for the young married couple” and she cried again as she said this. I was so happy to see her take such interest in our dear little Jeanne.

See you soon, my little Céline, when you come I will tell you lots of things that will do you good because I’ve been thinking a lot of things about you.


Your sister who loves you very dearly
M. of the S. Heart

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