STORY OF A LITTLE GIRL:
NENETTE DE GUIGNÉ
[ANNE DE GUIGNÉ]
SISTER MARY VERA, S.N.D.
SISTERS COLLEGE OF CLEVELAND
P. J. KENEDY & SONS PUBLISHERS
With Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, 1935
PART 1, FAMILY LIFE
PART 2, LOVING THE GOOD GOD
PART 3, UP TO HEAVEN
Anne de Guigné was born April 25, 1911 at Annecy-le-Vieux,
France, to a very happy family who named her Jeanne Marie Josephine
Anne; she was Baptized the next day and came to be called
Nenette. By the time she was old enough for school she had a very sweet
disposition and had many friends, but this had not always been the case:
Even though Nenette had a generous heart, her mother was worried about
when she was very little, for she was often naughty and willful. One
when there was company, Mother told Nenette to pass around a box of
chocolates. After the children had all had their share, Mother placed
the box high above Nenette's reach and then went on visiting. But
Nenette loved sweets and she wanted more candy. She quietly pulled her
little table right below the chocolates and then just as quietly placed
her little arm chair on the table. Without any noise she climbed up on
the table and then on the chair. Just as she was reaching for the
longed-for box, her chair scratched the table and all the grown-ups
looked around. Mother made Nenette climb down quicker than she had
climbed up, while she said to her, "Do you think little Jesus would
have done that?"
On Christmas the family always went to Grandfather's house for the day.
All the cousins came, too. Grandfather enjoyed giving each one of his
grandchildren a beautiful gift. This year he had a pretty little arm
chair for Nenette, a table for Renee, and many pretty toys for the
others. When Nenette came into the room she saw the table at once. She
did not care for the arm chair, but she wanted the table. Each little
one was happy to receive his gift and thanked Grandfather, all except
Nenette. She did not even look at the arm chair Grandfather handed her,
but grabbed the table and started to pull it away from Renee. She
pulled and Renee pulled. Mother had to come and tell her little Nenette
how ashamed she was of her. Of course, Nenette had to give in again,
but she pouted all day. When her little brother Jojo [Jacques] was born
was jealous but eventually became ashamed that she was; so that by the
younger sisters were born she was happy to have younger siblings. Who
was this contented French family?
Her father was Count Jacques de Guigné, a graduate of St. Cyr
Academy and a second-lieutenant in the 13th Battalion of Alpine
Chasseurs: family matters had caused him to leave the army, although he
did return to his unit in 1914 at the beginning of the First World War.
A devout Catholic with the zeal of an apostle, he studied Church
history in view of his children's education, and legal matters to
better serve the causes he loved, managing this without depriving his
family of his affection. A
learned man, he was a lecturer, and a journalist as well as a husband
father; he founded and directed a Catholic youth group in his parish.
His wife was a Catholic with a profound piety, animated by a total
dedication to her children's formation. To her, in great part, is due
the credit of having contributed by her loving care to the increase of
Divine grace in the soul of Nenette. Madame was born Antoinette de
Charette on September 19, 1886, the great-niece of Athanase de
Charette, the well-known General who led the soldiers of France in the
Battle of Patay beneath the banner of the Sacred Heart. Among her more
removed ancestors, Anne could venerate and invoke Saint
Louis, King of France: her maternal grandmother, Francoise Eulalie
Marie Madeleine de Bourbon-Busset, was a direct descendant of the sixth
son of Saint Louis, Count Robert of Clermont.
This was her heritage, but she was to be its treasure.
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