1646. - TO JEAN DEHORGNY,
SUPERIOR, IN ROMEParis, August 8, 1653Monsieur,The grace of Our Lord be with you forever!I am writing to Cardinal Altieri,
in accordance with your wishes andas you have indicated to me. Give him my letter, if you think it is allright; otherwise, let me know what should be changed so I can doanother one. I wrote it in French, presuming he understands it. If necessary, you can have it put into Latin.
Please visit Cardinal Antoine
to renew to him the offers of ourobedience and to reassure him for me that, as soon as I heard that partof his luggage and some members of his household had been seizedand taken to Algiers,
I wrote to the Consul
there on their behalf,asking him to do whatever he could to help them. The Duchessed'Aiguillon
has done the same. You will find him a little cool withregard to me but do not fail to visit him sometimes while you are inRome.M. Ozenne
is leaving for Poland tomorrow with Brother Duperroy.
Everything is going along as usual here, where you are eagerly andpatiently awaited. So, I have nothing else to reply to your last letter,
reiterating what I told you in my previous ones, particularly the lastone.
I am sure that if you knew what pressure I am under, you wouldleave everything else willingly to come to our aid. In this hope, I am, inO[ur] L[ord], Monsieur, your most humble servant.VINCENT DEPAUL, i.s.C.M.
Addressed: Monsieur Dehorgny, Superior of the Priests of the Mission,in Rome1647. - TO THE DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY, IN NANTES1653Dear Sisters,The grace of Our Lord be with you forever!I heard that one of your Sisters
had left your house, and I had to letyou know how very sorry I am about this. Nevertheless, her badexample should not upset you. Every Community, no matter how holyit may be, has similar experiences; this happened even in Our Lord'scompany. Several thousand persons followed Him but deserted andabandoned Him afterward. It is no surprise, then, that among theSisters there are some who become discouraged in the thick of temptation. O[ur] L[ord] has allowed one among you to do so in orderto humble the others.The Apostles abandoned O[ur] L[ord], and one of them sold Him; butthen they came together again so as not to be separated in heart andaffection. The result was that neither threats nor death itself couldtrouble this union nor prevent them from proclaiming the faith theirMaster had taught them. In like manner, Sisters, you should draw profitfrom the departure of your Sister and be more closely united than ever.Meanwhile, I ask God to be Himself the bond of your souls; for, in thiscase, Sisters, nothing will be able to disturb you, your work will belighter, your conversations holier, and you and your spiritual exercisesmore pleasing to God. In a word, your Little Company will be like a little