Letter 10-To his brother, Father Peter Joseph
St. Anne's Retreat, Sutton,
St. Helen's, Lancashire, England.
2nd May, 1871.
My dear brother,
I was deeply saddened by the news of my dear sister Christine's death.(2)
I celebrated Holy Mass for her this morning. I am glad to know that
she led a good life, one that was truly exemplary.
We are very grateful for the twenty-five florins which you sent on for
five Masses, which were said immediately.
We had to pay thirty cents for your letter, because you put the wrong
stamps on it and the Post Office did not frank them; in England an unfranked
letter costs double the normal postage. I am sending the stamps back
to you since they can be used again.
I wish my sister Helen and Constantine Hancers every blessing.(3)
Please forgive me for writing in a hurry.(4)
I remain in the sweet hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Charles of St. Andrew, Passionist.
1. Summ. p. 340, L. 21.
2. Mary Christine Houben died on 26th April, 1871, aged 51.
3. His sister Mary Helen married Arnold Constantine Hamers (not Hancers)
on 24th April, 1871.
4. Charles describes himself as "writing in a hurry." His
pastoral duties at this time were very demanding. The rector at Sutton
at that time, Father Salvian c.p., gives the following description of
how Charles spent his time: "Night and day, he was called to the
sick: he administered the Holy Sacraments, remained until a late hour
in the confessional, catechised, preached: in a word, the burden of
the work fell upon the shoulders of Father Charles."