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From sr Marie of the Eucharist to Mme Guérin - June 21, 1896.

From sr Marie of the Eucharist to Mme Guérin - June 21, 1896.

+ Jesus J.M.J.T.

Dear Mother,

Our Mother is sending you her little feast day gifts through Mrs. Lahaye. If only you knew how kind she is and how much she loves us all… There was plenty enough trout for everyone and some of them were very fine. They were greatly appreciated. I’m sorry to see all the trouble you went to in order to catch them.

[lv°] All your gifts, dear Mother, the strawberries, beans, wine, and sugar arrived in very good condition – and everything was delicious. I could easily tell which strawberries had come from La Musse; they have a taste that I’ve never found in any others. Thank you for everything, for the flowers, for dear Father’s letter which was really amusing and really lovely. It was read out at recreation…

The little guitar is for you from our Mother. The little clog is for Jeanne, the bound copy of the life of Mother Geneviève is for Papa. – It was the Procuratrix’ [2r°] gift for our Mother’s feast day. We each have a bound copy of her life and the only one left over from the 24 has been sent by our Mother to my dear Father. – Léonie will look in the life of Mother Geneviève and find a model to follow. She also has an Agnus Dei (consecrated wax medallion, generally in a painted fabric sachet. People would carry it on them or put it in their homes as protection against outside dangers). I haven’t the time to write to poor Léonie because the celebration is in full swing. Thank her for me and give her my love. Her little letter was very amusing.

When you go to Navarre, would you take the little parcel to the [2v°] parish priest’s address? It is the veil for the Holy Ciborium that I made myself for our Mother’s feast day, apart from the painting of course (Marie of the Eucharist was assistant to the sacristy. The decoration could have been painted by Thérèse or Sister Geneviève). I am very, very well, dear Mother, I haven’t felt so healthy in a long time. I think the La Musse air is having an effect all the way to the Carmel. I will give you details about the feast another day. Mrs. Lahaye’s doll dressed as an angel is ravishing, we never tire of looking at it (an articulated doll, holding a mirror in one hand and blowing kisses with the other. The Carmelites would change its attributes).

Tomorrow we will begin a three-day retreat. It’s a triduum preached by Rev. Fr. Godefroy for our jubilee (special jubilee granted to France in honour of the 14th centenary of the baptism of Clovis at Christmas 496 by St. Remi at Reims).

Farewell, dear Mother, I send big kisses to you and to dear Father. I will treasure [lr°tv] his letter, it is so lovely.

I send big kisses to Jeanne, Francis, Léonie and Aunt José and Mrs. Lahaye and her babies.

Your little daughter

Marie of the Eucharist

u.c.n.

Have lots of fun, be joyful on your holiday, all of you. I myself am very joyful, be like me.

Jeanne’s cherries are greatly appreciated.

 

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