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From sr Marie of the Eucharist to Mme Guérin - June 19, 1896.

 

From sr Marie of the Eucharist to Mme Guérin - June 19, 1896.

I am requesting my dear Mother to kindly procure some flowers for tomorrow to decorate a wicker hanging basket like the one Jeanne has in her little room. I will need flowers that will keep for a few days; roses that are not quite open, or rather, ones that are in bud would do very well, more carnations, well whatever you think best – A thousand kisses to Papa and Mama.

Don’t send me what I have just asked for, reply that there weren’t any more flowers left at the market, that everything had been sold for the Feast of Corpus Christi (the market in Lisieux was on Saturday – therefore on 20th June in this case. On Sunday 21st, a Corpus Christi procession would take place in town, which had been deferred since the liturgical feast in 1896 was on Thursday 4th June). Mother Agnès of Jesus is responsible for this request because one of the Sisters has been asking for [v°] flowers, and as it is a very strange idea and would deprive several Sisters from attending the celebration because of the smell of the flowers, you mustn’t send them (among the Sisters unable to bear the smell of flowers, we remember Mother of the Heart of Jesus, who provided the novice Thérèse with a fine opportunity to practice renouncement and humility). This doesn’t prevent you from sending our Mother a bouquet, because as soon as it is offered, they are taken out of the room, unlike the basket which would remain in the chapel for over an hour for the celebration.

Would you copy the verses that are on the bottom of the photographs of me as a postulant, you know, collecting, sweeping, working, washing, etc. If you haven’t time to copy them, send us the photographs themselves today or tomorrow.