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LT 124 - To Céline

 

 

LT 124                From Thérèse to Céline.

October 20, 1890

J.M.J.T.

Jesus                                                              October 20, 1890

Dear Céline,

Your Thérèse comes to wish you a happy feast!... For a long time she has been thinking of it, so this year she will not be the last. Céline, this is perhaps the last time your feast will be celebrated on earth!... Perhaps!... What a sweet hope.. .next year the little Céline flower, unknown on earth, will perhaps be placed upon the Heart of the divine Lamb. But the enraptured eyes of the angels will then contemplate, instead of a poor little flower without beauty, a lily of dazzling whiteness!... Céline, life is very mysterious; we know nothing... we see nothing... and yet Jesus has already revealed to our souls what the eye of man has not seen!... Yes, our heart has a presentiment of what the heart would be unable to understand since at times we are without any thoughts to express something in­effable which we feel in our soul!...

Céline, I am sending you two Célines for your feast; you will understand their language.... One stem carries them, one same sun made them grow together, the same ray made them bloom, and un­doubtedly the same day will see them die!...

The eyes of creatures do not dream of looking at a little Céline- flower, and yet its white corolla is filled with mystery. It carries in its heart a great number of other flowers, no doubt the children of its soul (souls), and so its white calyx is red on the inside, one would say purpled with its own blood!...

Céline... The sun and the rain can fall upon this unknown flower without wilting it! No one dreams of plucking it!... But is it not virgin too?... Yes, since Jesus alone has seen it, since it is He who has created it for Himself alone!... Oh! then, it is more blessed than the brilliant rose that is not or Jesus alone!...

Céline, I am wishing you a happy feast in an uncommon way, one may say; but you will understand the incoherent words of your Thérèse!...

Céline, it seems to me that God has no need of years to carry out His work of love in a soul, a ray from His Heart can in one instant make His flower bloom for eternity!...

Your Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face rel. carm. ind.

 

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