Letters of Marcellin – 128

Marcellin Champagnat


Fr. Champagnat took advantage of the return of Bro. Colomban (cf. L. 116) to make clear to Fr. Mazelier his thinking about several brothers whom he had entrusted to the latters care. Concerning Bros. Apollinaire and Victor, he repeats what he had already told them in his letter of the 4th (cf. L. 126).

N.D. de lHermitage, 6th August 1837

Jesus, Mary, Joseph

Father Superior,

Brother Colomban is returning to your house to continue his education and to place himself in your hands, fully determined to do whatever you ask of him. He is delighted to find in your charity a means of obtaining the exemption for which his financial resources gave him no grounds for hope.

We do not believe Bro. Martin will be able to obtain his certificate of competence. We would ask you, if you think it appropriate, to send him back to us immediately. If Bro. Apollinaire is still tired, perhaps it would be better if he had the doctor draw up an declaration for him before the mayor and came here to get some fresh air to build up his health. The others, as you intended, should wait until examination time. However, knowing how delicate Bro. Victors health is, we are a bit concerned about him. We leave it to your prudent judgment to decide whether or not he should wait.

We have received your letter of explanation concerning the bill for 400 francs, and we will try to honor it, since we want to show you at every opportunity the respect and gratitude with which we are, Father Superior, your devoted servants.

Sup. M.B.

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 lexpédition AFM; 112.7


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