June 20, 16161
The grace of Our Lord be with you forever!
We sometimes meet good people who wish to make a general confession, and because we very often encounter reserved cases3 and find it difficult to send them away, I thought of entreating you most humbly to grant me permission to absolve them from the said reserved cases. I assure you that I shall in no way abuse this, and that I shall be all my life, Monsieur, your most humble and obedient servant.
- Letter 4. – Reg. I, P 1. The copyist notes that the anginal was written entirely in the Saint’s own handwriting.
- Born in the diocese of Châlons, died Match 1,1617. Vincent de Paul, tutor to the children of Philippe-Emmanuel de Gondi, General of the Galleys and Comte de Joigny, often had occasion to go with them to this city situated in the diocese of Sens.
- Reservation of sins is the limitation by a competent superior of an inferior’s power of absolution so that the latter cannot absolve certain sins because of tbe lack of jurisdiction.