Louise, Letter 0003B. To Monsieur Vincent

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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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Saturday Noon (May 1630)

For the past year there has been no Procurator for the Confraternity of Charity1. However, there is a good man who faithfully records receipts and expenditures. At the present time he is quite willing to accept the office by election.

The Ladies of Charity have become a bit less fervent in the exercise of charity. They often fail to visit the sick on their appointed days because the Treasurer is so good-natured that she has the food cooked for them. Moreover, she and the Superioress have sometimes been satisfied with simply giving money to the sick. They have also given money to other needy persons and have frequently neglected to supply meat, preferring to give the sick eggs or some other thing they fancied.

These Ladies, or at least most of them, also go months without receiving Holy Communion. They need to have their fervor rekindled by a sermon when a priest goes there for the election of the Procurator.

The Superioress has been content to keep the strong box herself and has given both keys to the Treasurer. They are having problems receiving the sick. They claim that there should not be a Confraternity of Charity to admit only those who have nothing at all since there are few, if any, of this type while there are many whose goods are so tied up that they would rather starve than sell what they have and help themselves.

  1. Confraternity of Charity of Villepreux, established on the land of the de Gondi family.

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