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Letters of Maria Celeste:

31 August 1623

Most Illustrious and Beloved Lord Father

I have read with tremendous pleasure the beautiful letter that you sent to share with me. I thank you for that, and I return it to you with the hope, however, of being able to see it again sometime in the future, along with others and more. I enclose a letter I have written to Vincenzio, asking you, whenever it is convenient, to please see that it gets to him. I give thanks to the Lord, rejoicing with you in your recovery, and I pray you to look after yourself as carefully as you possibly can, at least until you have regained your usual level of well-being. I thank you, too, for all the kindnesses of late, although truly, while you were ill, I almost wish you had not lavished so much thoughtfulness on us. I send you every loving greeting, together with Suor Arcangela, and I pray our Lord to bless you with the fullness of His grace.

From San Matteo, the last day of August 1623.

Most affectionate daughter,
S. M. Celeste G.

1995 Al Van Helden
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