Letters of Marcellin – 224

Marcellin Champagnat

1838-11-01

There is a marked difference between the tone of this letter and the preceding one. Since we do not have the requests themselves, we cannot explain why, in apparently similar circumstances, the first received an almost categorical refusal, while the second was given good reason to hope. As a matter of fact, there was no more follow-up to this request than to the other one, perhaps because Fr. Charbonnier died five months later.

Father,

I am sorry that I cannot send you the brothers you requested for the instruction of the children of your esteemed parish, but apart from the fact that your establishment does not offer all the guarantees and conditions required by our prospectus, it would still be impossible for me to do so for the moment. I have to fill a great number of requests in which I am offered houses which are all ready, where the schools are totally free, and there are no foreseeable difficulties. However, Father, your request will be taken under consideration and listed in the order in which we received it. You will have time to remove the obstacles which threaten the success of your work, and we will find ourselves in a better position to respond to your desires and to give you proof of the respectful devotedness with which I have the honor to be….

C.

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 la minute, AFM, RCLA 1, p. 112, nº 127

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