Letters of Marcellin – 091

Marcellin Champagnat

1837-02-10

We do not have Fr. Mauniers letter to which this is the reply. According to the text, it was certainly not his first; another had preceded it, and the Founder had answered that one by sending the prospectus.

We know even less about how Fr. Maunier, in Callas, had learned about Fr. Champagnats work, which evidently was becoming known in the most remote corners of France, so much so that he was most often obliged to make people wait, for lack of trained brothers.

Dear Father,

The information you sent us is very satisfactory. We have not forgot your request. Several times we discussed the time and the way to send you brothers. Your last letter has once again called our attention to this important goal. We are quickly giving you a reply which we have owed you far too long already.

Having examined everything carefully, we do not believe we can send our brothers to your parish for another three or four years: the lack of subjects, and the distance involved, oblige us to impose this delay. But if it is to your advantage to wait until that time, we will try to fulfill your desire as best we can. If you think it better to provide for yourself elsewhere, in order to be served more quickly, we will always rejoice when we see Gods glory procured and the reign of Jesus Christ established in hearts, by whatever means. The Lords field is so vast, his harvest so abundant, that it always brings us a renewed sense of satisfaction to learn of the prosperity of institutions consecrated to preparing good workers for the harvest of the Father of the family.

Accept the respect….

Edition: Translation from: Lettres de Marcellin J. B. Champagnat (1789-1840) Fondateur de l?Institut des Frères Maristes, présentés par Frère Paul Sester,1985.

fonte: Daprès la minute AFM, RCLA, 1, p. 28, nº 11 éditée dans CSG 1, p. 218

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