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From Mother Agnès to Céline - September (?) 1893.

From Mother Agnès to Céline - September (?) 1893.

J.M.J.T.

Darling petit Célin1,

Now it’s your turn to do your petit Paul1 a kindness (the Carmel had done Céline “a kindness” by giving her back the painting of the Nativity for a few days). Can you imagine that the Sister in charge of the pantry made a mistake this morning on the meat order for our sick (the primitive Rule of the Carmel proscribed the consumption of meat, except for the sick)… So we have enough supplies [lv°] for a monstrous butcher’s shop.

I am sorry about this; there will be meat to be thrown away… Please take our little lamb shoulder or the four pounds of beef and use them in whatever recipe you want… You can choose, but I beg of you, don’t refuse… Have a quiet word with my Aunt about it, for I would be [2r°] very upset if it got out…

We will wait for your reply before sending you what you choose. So you see, I have become a butcher! Ah! My darling, pray for me, I am in urgent need of it… But I feel that Jesus is with me!

The pin cushion was made and embroidered by one [2v°] of our white-veiled Sisters (Sister Saint Vincent de Paul, an excellent embroideress) who gave it to me as a surprise, she was so grateful for what you did for Sr. Madeleine.

Farewell, my petit Célin! Thank you, I love you.

Your little Mother,

Sr. Agnès of Jesus

u.c.n.

1 Terms of endearment.

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