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Common Prisoners • A Weekly Reflection with Louise

“Our sister serving the galley slaves came to me in tears yesterday because she cannot get any more bread for her poor men, since she owes so much to the baker and bread is so expensive. She borrows and begs for them everywhere with great difficulty. To add to her sorrow, the Duchess d’Aiguillon wants […]

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Education: A Place of Integration • A Weekly Reflection with Louise

“Mademoiselle Le Gras questioned whether it’s advisable for our Sisters in the towns and country­side who teach school to take both boys and girls and, in the event that they do take boys, to what age they will keep them. There are many reasons in favor of that. First, it can do a great deal […]

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White Slave Traffic • A Weekly Reflection with Louise

“[Madame de Lamoignon told me that,] although we try to employ good women, the majority of them are forced to leave because of bad conduct rather than on account of the necessities of the times. Moreover, these women, who have been gathered from allover and who are of all types, use coarse language and exhibit […]

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Public or Private Education • A Weekly Reflection with Louise

“Monsieur, Louise de Marillac, widow of Monsieur Le Gras, secretary to the Queen, Mother of the King, very humbly supplicates Monsieur des Roches, Rector of Notre-Dame de Paris, informing him that the sight of the great number of poor in the Saint-Denis district leads her to desire to take charge of their instruction. Should these […]

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The People United Will Never be Defeated • A Weekly Reflection with Louise

“Madame, I feel obliged to inform you that, for the past year, the Daughters of Charity at Chars have been sorely tried for two different reasons, both stemming from the Pastor’s zeal. One I cannot put into writing for you. The other pertains to the stability he wants to establish in this place and which […]

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Giving Work and Teaching a Trade • A Weekly Reflection with Louise

“The worker De Ferrandine knows how to make thick cotton cloth with hair on one of its faces, ordinary cloth and silk cloth, that sells well in good weather; accepts to teach willing people, to work with him: he has found for sale some fully equipped workshops; it would be very convenient that someone with […]

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Is Being Single the Same as Being a Consecrated Single Person? • A Weekly Reflection with Louise

“At present the priests of Saint-Sulpice are sending for four girls from the refugee center to help our sisters. Should they be allowed to do so, or would it be more fitting for the convalescent patients to come for their own meals? There are six of our sisters, although two are ill. I fear that […]

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Respect between the Native-Born and Muslim Immigrants • A Weekly Reflection with Louise

“How many heretics have been converted since the Daughters of Charity have been working in the hospitals! Recall that, in 1659, a sister who had been in the hospital of Saint-Denis said that, during the year, five or six heretics were converted, including the son of a Protestant minister, without counting several previous conversions. All […]

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