My dear Friends,
I am writing you to let you know that I am very ill. I do not have a long time to live among you. This time in my life is very precious. I am undergoing great trials. I want you to recall my Christmas letters to you over the past six or seven years. How I reminded you then of our fragile humanity which Our Lord took upon Himself for us all. We must suffer only a little compared with the suffering of Our Lord. May you fair well in your life and know God's many blessings.
Your friend and brother,