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St. Vincent Leters Vol 5 Ltr

St. Vincent Leters Vol 5 Ltr

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1646. - TO JEAN DEHORGNY,
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SUPERIOR, IN ROMEParis, August 8, 1653Monsieur,The grace of Our Lord be with you forever!I am writing to Cardinal Altieri,
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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.
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Please visit Cardinal Antoine
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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,
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I wrote to the Consul
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there on their behalf,asking him to do whatever he could to help them. The Duchessed'Aiguillon
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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
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is leaving for Poland tomorrow with Brother Duperroy.
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Everything is going along as usual here, where you are eagerly andpatiently awaited. So, I have nothing else to reply to your last letter,
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reiterating what I told you in my previous ones, particularly the lastone.
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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.
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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
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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
 
paradise, diffusing a sweet perfume within and outside of it.I recommend myself to your prayers and am....1648. - TO NICOLAS GUILLOT,
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IN WARSAWAugust 15, 1653All your letters give me renewed hope that God will bless you andyour work more and more. I ask Him for this with all my heart.Nevertheless, I found a few lines in one of those letters which smack of murmuring because our affairs are not making progress, are not beingconsidered from the angle you wish, nor taken to heart as much as youwould like. Now, I must tell you, Monsieur, that it will be wise for you torefrain from discussing this with others because it is a sin to discreditthe conduct and intentions of important persons, and the piety of people like us should cause us to put a good interpretation on thingsand to speak in the same way of those toward whom we are in any wayindebted.I think I already mentioned something to you on this subject, and Ihope this will be the last time because in your latest letter, datedSeptember 25,
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I see that you are not only convinced of these truthsbut are careful to see that the Daughters of Charity use greatdiscretion and never complain about how others may act in theirregard nor criticize their actions. This is to be desired especiallybecause they, like we, are in this world only to receive and carry outGod's orders. On our part, we should be satisfied with striving to omitnothing which can advance His work, and not blame others for thedelay. I approve of the rest of the good instructions you have giventhem; I am even greatly edified by them because I am sure that youare the first to do what you teach them.1649. - TO MADAME DOUJAT
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August 16, 1653Madame,The grace of O[ur] L[ord] be with you forever!I venture to entreat you most humbly to recommend to M. Doujat
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the affairs of the de la Barre ladies, mother and daughter: the former,who recently married the Seneschal of Richelieu, and the latter, whomarried his son, the bearer of this letter, a lawyer at the Court,
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whereM. Doujat is rapporteur. This is an affair involving the glory of God andthe salvation of these ladies because, having belonged formerly to theso-called Reformed religion,
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they became Catholics immediately aftertheir marriages. This has caused several members of that religion toside with the children of that good lady's first marriage, who areopposing their mother.I beg you, Madame, to be so kind as to protect these good ladies.Besides the merit you will have for this in the sight of God, I, who havethe obligation of being of service in this affair, will be much obliged toyou. I am, in the love of O[ur] L[ord]....1650. - TO SISTER JEANNE LEPEINTRE,
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IN NANTESParis, August 20, 1653Dear Sister,The grace of Our Lord be with you forever!I have received two letters from you.
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What is happening among our
 
Sisters distresses me greatly. It makes it easy for the world and thedevil to get rid of you and them. May God forgive those who arecausing this division! When you are left in peace by those outside, youwage war against one another within the Community. Oh! what ashame!I am well aware that this is not your fault and that putting a stop tothe misunderstanding will not depend on you. To remedy it, I haveasked M. Alméras
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to visit you and to do whatever M. Truchart
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tellshim. The former is one of our oldest and best priests, and we aresending him to Brittany to make the visitation of our houses there. Hemay be in Angers when this letter is delivered to you; I will write to himthere, asking him to go to Nantes as soon as he gets my letter. Do notmention this to anyone.
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I will share with Mademoiselle Le Gras
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what you have written meabout that good young woman who wants to enter your Company;after that we will let you know our opinion.Mademoiselle Le Gras is feeling fairly well, thank God. I am, in Him,Sister, your affectionate servant.VINCENT DEPAUL, i.s.C.M.Please let me know as soon as possible whether that young womanwas an extern Sister at Sainte-Marie
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in Nantes and for how long,before being an extern Sister in La Flèche, or whether she was a laySister in the same La Flèche monastery. We will write you our decisionas soon as possible.
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Addressed: Sister Jeanne Lepeintre, Daughter of Charity, Servant of theSick Poor of the Nantes Hospital, in Nantes1651. - TO PIERRE DU CHESNE
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[1653]
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I have asked M. Chrétien
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to remain in Marseilles for a while to giveyou the information needed with regard to his charitable action inreceiving and delivering ransom money for the poor slaves in Barbary.In this he does the work of the angels, who negotiate our salvation onearth, sending or presenting to Our Lord the good works it has pleasedHis Divine Majesty to have us perform for the redemption of our sins. Inthis connection, I ask you to offer your own condition to Our Lord thatHe may restore you to health so you can go and visit our poorconfreres in Barbary.1652. - THE TOWN MAGISTRATES OF RETHEL TO SAINT VINCENTRethel, September 8, 1653Monsieur,For the past two years, Champagne--and this town in particular--hassubsisted only on the charity you have had distributed here. The entireregion would now be deserted and abandoned, and all the remaininginhabitants would be dying of hunger, if you had not made provisionfor this by sending us someone from your house. He has taken verygood care of them and, on your orders, has exercised toward themgreat charity, raising them up from dire misery and giving them life. The whole region is obliged to you in an extraordinary way, especiallythis community, which now has a request to make of you, hoping youwill not refuse it, since it is according to law and imbued with

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