Jan 29, 1903 – To Sister from Mother Mary Edward, St. Peter’s Convent, Trenton

St. Peters Convent,
Trenton, Ont.
Jan. 29, 1903
My own dear Sister

Many thanks for the Gospels and Scapulars so nicely made. Surely I will keep them for a model. But what will you say when I tell you that when I went to get at work on a pair I found I had no “Passion Stamp”. When an opportunity presents will you like a dear, lend me a few. You know Sister I would not pain you willingly but there are times in our lives when it is better that we keep silent, and the festive season of 1902.1903 was one of these for me. There was one to whom I could tell my feelings and only one and that was the Dear Infant in His Lowly Crib. Let us often go to Him and lay open all our distresses of soul and body, and in Him we will find a never failing friend. I am very much surprised to hear that you have not seen your dear little Sister since she fell; is that practicing the Virtues of a Sister of Charity; surely you have not done the same in regard of your dear good Father; I hope to hear soon that he is quite well again. I heard from Mother General about Sr. M. Benedict just after the operation had been performed. I hope the poor child is doing well. Next Tuesday I am sure you will [unclear] this. Oh, by the way I have a friend here who has great faith in St. Anthony and who has recently obtained a package of the blessed lilies; she is all animated over a cure and I am getting prayers for her intention. I have only my little picture of the saint St. Anthony but he is no stranger to me. And could this cure be obtained I might be able to spread his devotion in this the land of my exile. Will you enlist a few devout ones in her behalf. I am very sorry to hear about your S M J de Chantal. Tell her will you that I have thought of her much lately and I pray for her too; the Mount is about to celebrate her 70th birthday. I wish her many returns.

I met a person yesterday who had seen dear Mother Ignatius and Sister Mary Alphonsus; they sent the many/kind messages. The weather is very changeable just now and it causes me to feel a little stiff. We had a visit a week ago from Mr. O’Brien the Inspector; he has now all the Sisters of our Institution on his circuit. He seems to be a nice man. I have just received a letter from my Sister and she is anxious to know something about Catharine. I told her I would ask you. Our poor little Hugh had a sore finger before the Christmas Holidays and of course nothing was done for it at the College. He told his Auntie that for four nights he had not slept, the pain was so severe; the Dr at the Asylum said it was a felon and treated it all the time he was there but now it is the decision of several Drs that the bone is diseased and a small portion will have to come off. It is the second finger of his right hand. The operation is to be tomorrow or Sunday morning, the Superintendent Dr. Clarke has allowed her to have it done at the Institution and to keep him till it is better. She is so glad not have to send him to the Hospital for she would find it hard to go to him as often as she would wish. Dr. Mitchel is to do it. Say a little word to the Infant of Prague for the poor wee man will you dear. This is a most interesting letter but the weather is bad of course that is not my fault however. My dear little Sister will make all one allowance for the defects, it is for the old Mother and Sister is charitable.

Ever you loving and devoted,
M.M. E

The Calander you sent with the Sisters is a beauty.

Do not give yourself any more trouble about the leaflets. I will send to New York and may get them there.

Source: 601.2-1-C, Sister Mary Edward collection, Correspondence series, Letter January 29, 1903, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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