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From sr Marie of the Eucharist to Mme La Néele - End of June 1897 (?) Fragment.

  

  

From sr Marie of the Eucharist to Mme La Néele - End of June 1897 (?) Fragment.

(...) ciborium veil and the little letter accompanying it. You said yourself in your little note that you took no pleasure in doing this sewing; you found it boring and this showed. It hurt me. On the contrary, as my little sister has no children, I would like her to devote herself to sewing for the Holy Altars. What is more beautiful or sweeter than working for Jesus alone; than doing a duty that must touch the God of Heaven and earth so closely? You are talented, you do magnificent sewing for your living-room. Well then! Devote this talent to God, I beg of you, and you’ll see that afterwards, God will grant your desires. If I had been called to live in the world like you, I would have done everything possible and put effort into to doing God’s work. We can do so much good, but my little Jeanne is a little too afraid of giving herself trouble, she prefers not giving herself any bother. But I’m sure she will change her behaviour now and she’ll see how much her health will benefit from it.

To console you I will tell you that your little ciborium veil now looks delightful and is, I think, the most beautiful veil in the exhibition. Sr. Geneviève has touched up and embellished the Holy Names, and according to what Anne-Marie told us, the other veils had nothing but a little [2v°] fringe around them, while we had added a gold braid to yours. It looked delightful; we wanted our little sister’s work to look lovely.

     I’m not hurting you, am I, dear little Jeanne, with all my little suggestions? You know I’m saying all this out of affection. It’s because, you see, we have such saintly parents that it’s only right that their children resemble them, and the poor children are far from resembling them, and for this we will be answerable to God. We have received a great deal through our parents’ example, and a great deal will be asked of us as a result. A very good method of becoming a saint is to go on a one-day retreat every month. I always did this when in the world, and it didn’t stop me from going on walks and doing what people wanted me to do. What is particilarly important in these retreats is practicing preparing for death. When we think about what we have to give to God if we died at the present moment, it’s frightening how little we have, and this increases our fervour. Every year I went on a great retreat to La Musse. Four times a day I went deep into the wood and did ½ an hour of meditation. I didn’t tell anybody this, so as not to bother anyone (…)