My dear Friend,
I won’t be able to arrive in Alençon until Monday. It seems like a long time to me, and I’m longing to be with you.
Needless to say, your letter made me very happy, except I see that you’ve tired yourself out far too much. So I strongly recommend calm and moderation, above all in your work. I have some orders from the Compagnie Lyonnaise; once again, don’t worry so much. We’ll manage, with God’s help, to build a good little company.
I had the happiness of receiving Communion at Notre-Dame des Victoires, which is like a little heaven on earth. I also lit a candle for the intention of our entire family.
I kiss you with all my heart, while waiting for the happiness of being with you again. I hope that Marie and Pauline are being very good!
Your husband and true friend, who loves you for life.
Saint Louis Martin
Letter to St. Zélie Guérin Martin
From Paris, 8 October 1863