Louise, Letter 0043. To Sister Barbe

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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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Daughter of Charity, Servant of the Sick Poor of the Parish of Saint-Paul (Paris)

(c. 1636)

My very dear Sister1,

I am very concerned about the illness of our dear sister whom I most cordially greet at the feet of Jesus Christ, frequently inviting her, for His holy love, not to become weary of experiencing within herself the needs of our masters, the sick poor, for assistance, cordiality and gentleness. It is in this state that she can show her fidelity in loving the holy will of God. And I am certain that you, my dear Sister, are taking good care of her. But I beg of you, Sister, call a doctor immediately and take care of the sick of the parish.

You know how important it is, in that parish, not to give occasion to anyone to gossip. Visit the sick, please.

Although our other sisters look after them well and show them much charity, it is more appropriate for you to tend to them yourself. I hope that our good God will bless the care you give, and I pray that He will grant you sufficient strength and courage to overcome the little difficulties you will encounter. I remain in His most holy love, your very humble sister and servant.

P. S. If you still need another sister, please let me know.

  1. Barbe Angiboust (1605-1658) from the parish of Saint-Pierre of Serville, near Chartres. She joined the very first Daughters of Charity on July I, 1634. Louise discovered the richness of her character very quickly and sent her as “the foundation stone” to numerous establishments: 1636: the parish of Saint-Paul, then the parish of Saint-Sulpice in Paris; 1637: Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie; 1638: Saint-Oermaine-en-Laye, then Richelieu; 1642: the galley slaves; 1645: probably Serqueux; 1646: Fontainebleau; 1649: Saint-Denis; 1652: Brienne; 1653: Chalons; 1654: Bemay; 1658: Chateaudun. Barbe Angiboust was also chosen for visitations: the foundlings placed with wet nurses (1644, 1648); houses of the Daughters of Charity: Liancourt in 1649; Sainte-Marie-du-Mont in 1657; Varize in 1658. On March 25, 1652 she committed herself totally to the service of the poor by making perpetual vows. She died on December 27, 1658.

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