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LT 170 - To Sister Thérèse-Dosithée (Léonie)

LT 170                 From Thérèse to Sister Thérèse-Dosithée (Léonie).

August 20, 1894

J.M.J.T.

Jesus +                                                             August 20, 1894

Dear little Sister,

I would like to write you a long letter, but I have only a few minutes to spare, they are waiting for my note in order to mail it.

I am thinking more than ever about you ever since our dear Father has gone up to heaven; I believe you are experiencing the same feel­ings as ourselves. Papa's death does not give me the impression of a death but of a real life. I am finding him once more after an absence of six years, I feel him around me, looking at me and protecting me...

Dear little Sister, are we not more united now that we gaze on the heavens to find there a Father and a Mother who offered us to Jesus?... Soon their desires will be accomplished, and all the children God gave them are going to be united to Him forever....

I understand the void Céline's departure will cause you, but I know how generous you are with Our Lord, and then life will pass by so quickly.. .afterward, we shall be reunited never to be separated, and we shall be happy for having suffered for Jesus....

Dear little Sister, pardon me for this ugly letter, look only at the heart of your Thérèse, who would like to say so many things which she cannot express....

I beg you to pay my respects to Mother Superior and to your dear Mistress.

I would like you to give the letter to Céline as early as possible when she comes to see you. Adieu, dear little Sister; do not forget to pray for the littlest and the most unworthy of your sisters.

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

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