I know, my dear Sister, that it is very difficult for us to carry out our responsibilities well, but God who has given them to us will not deny us His grace. Let us humble ourselves profoundly so as to obtain it. This we can do by manifesting holy distrust of ourselves and great confidence in His goodness, which will lead us to ask Him quite simply what He wants us to do.
I know the difficulties that you are all experiencing, but I also know…that it is the yoke of the Lord, and that He Himself has the goodness to render it gentle and sweet for those who bear it for His love.
I know that you are combining all your efforts so that you may be of but one heart and one will and may thereby act only with the desire of accomplishing the will of God.
I know that we all have faults and I more than anyone. However, the support we owe to one another should prevent us from noticing the weaknesses of our sisters, except if we are able to help them.
I irrevocably resolve to love and serve Him with greater fidelity and to give myself entirely to Him.
I hope the remembrance of my needs will lead your goodness and charity to present them to our Good God in whose love I remain.
I hope that your gratitude will place you in the disposition necessary to receive the graces you need to serve your sick poor in a spirit of gentleness and great compassion, in imitation of Our Lord who acted this way with the most unfortunate.
I hope that our good God will grant you holy perseverance.
I hope that our good God will bless the care you give, and I pray that He will grant you sufficient strength to overcome the little difficulties you will encounter.
I hope that God will continue to grant you the grace of perseverance which is so essential for our salvation.
I hope from the goodness of God that, as He bestowed on us His grace in giving us the will to work only for His glory and the good of our sisters and our neighbors, He will not be offended by the way we act in this matter. He is too good. Let us truly love each other in Him, but let us love Him in each other since we are His.
I have no doubt that God will bless this work provided we place no obstacles in His way. We shall always try to act with trust and dependence upon His divine will.
I have no desire for any greater assurance than Divine Providence.
I gave myself to God to accept the designs of His Providence if He willed me to continue, for the remainder of Lent, in a state of interior abandonment and even affliction so as to honor the sufferings of Jesus Christ which the Church places before our eyes.
I found out from Sister Marie-Marthe what the duties of a plaster- cast maker are, and she told me that a sister engaged in this kind of work would be most useful. provided that the sister stays in the ward and prepares her plaster cats in your department, I see no other inconvenience.
I felt interiorly moved freely to place myself in a disposition of total availability…
I felt a great attraction for the holy humanity of Our Lord and I desired to honor and imitate it insofar as I was able in the person of the poor and of all my neighbors.
I feel within me a disposition which I cannot define, which seems to be leading me to desire to attach myself yet more closely to God. However, I do not know how to go about it.
I entreat Jesus, born into this world and the sole object of our love, to be your strength and consolation at the beginning of this new year.
I earnestly beg God to guide your business according to His good pleasure, and I hope that He will be glorified by it.
I do not know if I am mistaken, but I believe that Our Lord always desires more confidence than prudence in order to maintain the Company, and that this very confidence will imperceptibly give rise to prudence when the need arises.
I did not want to lose the opportunity to assure all of you that physical separation does not prevent spiritual presence among persons whom Our Lord has united by the bonds of His holy love. The stronger this love grows within us, the closer it binds us together.
I desire all of them to be filled with a great love which will immerse them so sweetly in God and so charitably in the service of the poor that their hearts will no longer have place for so many thoughts which endanger their perseverance.
I believe that you work with one another to grow in perfection in keeping with the divine plan. All the actions of our lives can serve this purpose even those which might appear destined to withdraw you from that intimate union with God which you so ardently desire. Very often this union is established in us through no action of our own in a manner known only to God and not as we would wish to imagine it.
I believe His goodness gave you the grace not to be bored with nothing to do, since it does not matter that we are not doing something. It is enough that God knows that we are all ready to work whenever He wishes.
I beg you, my dear Sister, to help me by your prayers, as I will help you by mine, so that we may obtain from God the grace to walk simply and confidently along the path of His holy love, without too much introspection, least we resemble those persons who, instead of growing rich, become bankrupt while striving to find the philosopher’s stone.
I beg you to love one another dearly and to take good care of the sick of the hospital and especially of your sick sisters.
I beg you not to think of the distance between us. Rather, think of us as strongly united, incapable of every being separated, because separation is impossible in the close union created by holy charity.
I beg you most humbly, Monsieur, if you do not know the basis of these complaints, to be good enough to find out so that we may know the truth in the matter.
I beg you for the love of God to show great tenderness to the poor.