Letters of Marcellin – 137

Marcellin Champagnat

1837-09-24

Fr. Champagnat is answering a request for brothers which has not been preserved. The end of the school year is not a favorable moment, and in any case it is too late to make new foundations for the year about to begin. None the less, he shows himself to be interested, provided he is given enough time to organize everything.

Father,

At the moment, it is not possible for me to accept your gracious invitation. Our brothers are coming here on vacation and will begin their retreat immediately, which means I will not have a free moment until All Saints, when classes begin again. But no matter how many things I have to do, and how many trips I still have to make, I could perhaps come to you, or even send you a brother to discuss with you what needs to be done to carry out your pious plan. I am determined to work together with you and to cooperate with all my power for the good of your parish for the greater glory of God, but I do not see how we could manage to send you brothers this year.

Please maintain your good will towards us and the help of your prayers, so that our society may fulfill Gods plans for it, and so that your holy undertaking may soon reach fulfillment.

I am, with profound respect, Father, your devoted servant,

Champagnat
Sup. of bros.

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, pp. 58-59, nº 59

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