Writing to Fr Courtès, the superior of the Aix community, about transferring the dying Jacques Marcou to the Aix community from the Nimes community, he expressed his paternal concern.
But how much the happiness that I promise myself on seeing you again is going to be marred by the state in which our dear Father Marcou is at present. Therein lies a sorrow which nothing can console. The fear of losing this child saddens me excessively. I would wish to precede you all, which is only right since age would qualify me, although not old, to be the father of all of you.
I need not urge you, if Fr. Marcou comes to Aix, to give him more care than he could have in his family home, even if you have to sell linen and chalices. I do not think the climate of Marseilles suits his health, the air of Aix will be better for him, only you will need to designate a place to use as infirmary.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 31 May 1826. EO VII n 247
“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.” Mother Teresa