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Ms A 04v

[4v°] God granted me the favor of opening my intelligence at an early age and of imprinting childhood recollections so deeply on my memory that it seems the things I’m about to recount happened only yesterday. Jesus [5] in His love willed, perhaps, that I know the matchless Mother He had given me, but whom His hand hastened to crown in heaven.

God was pleased all through my life to surround me with love, and the first memories I have are stamped with smiles and the most [10] tender caresses. But although He placed so much love near me, He also sent much love into my little heart, making it warm and affectionate. I loved Mama and Papa very much and showed my tenderness for them in a thousand ways, for I was very expressive. The means I employed at times were [15] strange, as this passage from one of Mama’s letters proves:

“Baby is a little imp; she’ll kiss me and at the same time wish me to die. ‘Oh, how I wish you would die, dear little Mother!’ When I scold her she answers: ‘It is because I want you to go to heaven, and you say we must die to get there!’ [20] She wishes the same for her Father in her outbursts of affection for him.”

(At that point, Thérèse adds a sheet: folio 5 r°/v°)

 

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