Mar. 4, 1896 – To Sisters, St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville ON from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON

House of Providence, Kingston
Mar. 4, 1896
The Rev. Sr. Superior and Sisters
St. Vincent de Paul Hospital,
Brockville, Ont.
My Very dear Sisters:

Another penitential season gone into the eternal past! But thank God, a bright Easter Day is born to us, dispelling the gloom and anxieties that force themselves upon us in our daily round of duty. To-day the Sun shines, “Christ” our King and Conqueror “is risen.”

If the heart of every good Christian is filled with joy and hope at this glorious festival, what holy gladness should not a faithful, God-serving Sister of Charity feel on Easter morning?

I rejoice with you, my beloved and devoted Sisters, and offer you my most sincere and affectionate greetings, earnestly praying Our Risen Lord and His holy Mother to fill your hearts with spiritual joy and much peace. It is at these great feasts particularly that my heart goes out in fervent petitions for my cherished children of the missions. Our sick Sisters, thank heaven, are gradually recovering their usual health and everything concerning your Mother House, both spiritually and temporally, bears a hopeful aspect.

During the past three months frequent communication with your good Superior has undoubtedly put you in possession of all that transpired among us, still I could not allow Easter to pass without sending you a little word of salutation.

Commending myself very earnestly to your fervent prayers and those of your good sick, I remain, dear Sisters,
Ever yours affectionately,
Mother M. Edward, Sup. Gen.
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter March 4, 1896, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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