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LT 121 - To Sister Marie-Joseph of the Cross

LT 121                From Thérèse to Sister Marie-Joseph of the Cross.

September 28, 1890

J.M.J.T.

Carmelite Monastery, September 28, '90

Jesus

Dear Sister,

I was very much touched by your letter, and I thank you for the prayers you offered for me. As for me, I have not forgotten you, and I have recommended all your intentions to God.

Here I am at last all for Jesus; in spite of my unworthiness, He has willed to take me for His little spouse. Now I must give Him proofs of my love, and I count on you, dear Sister, to help me in thanking Our Lord.

Both of us have received great graces, and soon I hope the same bond will unite us forever to Jesus.

I had the happiness of receiving the blessing of the Holy Father for the day of my Profession. The religious who obtained it for me wrote me about how numerous were the enemies of the Church; at Rome, the struggle never ceases for an instant with regard to our Holy Father, the Pope. It is sad.

How good it is to be a religious in order to pray and to appease God's justice; yes, the mission which is entrusted to us is very beautiful, and eternity will not be long enough to thank Our Lord for the lot He has given us.

Dear Sister, I recommend to your prayers my dear Father, so tried by the cross and so admirable in his resignation. I dare, also, to recommend myself to the prayers of your holy Community.

Please believe, dear Sister, in the entire religious affection of her who is so happy to call herself,

Your little Sister, Thérèse of the Child Jesus rel. carm. ind.

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