Letter from the Novitiate at Le Broussey, near Bordeaux.
To Raymond de Cuers, December 30, 1849.
I strongly advise you to enjoy an ardent devotion to the child Jesus. It brings joy and lifts the spirit above everything. During Advent each novice in turn was allowed to have in his cell for twenty-four hours at a time, a little statue representing the divine Infant, and there, each in turn, arranged in his honor, a small altar, and thus prepared for the joys of Christmas. Pray in a special way that the Infant Jesus will bring you happiness. I have composed in his honor a little carol, which is sung in the evening at the extra recreation allowed at the time of the great Feasts.
Servant of God Augustine-Mary of the Blessed Sacrament
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