Louise, Letter 0020. To Monsieur l’Abbé de Vaux

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Author: Louise de Marillac · Translator: Louise Sullivan, D.C. · Year of first publication: 1991 · Source: Spiritual Writings of Louise de Marillac. Correspondence and Thoughts. Translated from the original French edition Sainte Louise de Marillac: Ecrits Spirituels.
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At Angers

Paris, May 6, 16401


I must make use of the hand of another to respond to the letter which you were so good as to write to me on the thirtieth of last month. I assure you, Monsieur, that 1 do so reluctantly. I hope to write myself for the next mail. I would willingly do so now, I think, were it not that I do not dare to push myself too soon. Moreover, I took some medication this morning which limits my activity.

I was greatly consoled by the news that you were kind enough to send me about our poor daughters. I have no doubt that God will bless this work provided we place no obstacles in His way. We shall try always to act with trust and dependence upon His divine will.

It seems to me that your manner of handling the matter of the two girls about whom you wrote leaves nothing to be desired. If you consider it appropriate, we will accept the one who has nothing. As for the other girl, if you approve, she may as she wishes, use the rent from her house to assist her few relatives. As for the young lady, I have nothing to say but leave the matter in your hands. We shall continue to follow your advice concerning her.

While waiting for the time when I shall have the honor of writing to you myself, I am and shall always remain, Monsieur, your very humble and grateful servant.

  1. Letter written by a secretary and signed by Louise de Marillac.

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