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LT 173 - To Sister Thérëse-Dosithée


LT 173

January 1895

From Thérèse to Sister Thérëse-Dosithée

(Léonie).

J.M. J.T.

Jesus

Dear little Sister,

With great joy I come to offer you my wishes at the beginning of this New Year. The one which has just passed away has been very fruitful for heaven: our dear Father has seen what "the eye of man cannot contemplate." He has heard the music of the angels.. .and his heart understands, His soul is enjoying the rewards God has prepared for those who love Him!

Our day will come also... perhaps we shall not see end the year which is beginning! Perhaps one of us will hear the call of Jesus soon! ...

Oh! how sweet it is to think we are sailing towards the eternal shore!...

Dear little Sister, do you not find, as I do, that our Father's depar­ture has brought us close to heaven? More than half the family now enjoys the vision of God, and the five exiled on earth will not be long in flying away to their homeland. This thought of the brevity of life gives me courage, it helps me bear with the weariness of the road. What does a little work on earth matter (says the Imita­tion) ... we pass away and we have not here a lasting dwelling! Jesus has gone before us to prepare a place in the home of His Father, and then He will come and He will take us with Him so that where He is we also may be. ... Let us wait, let us suffer in peace, the hour of rest is approaching, the light tribulations of this life of a moment are preparing us for an eternal weight of glory. ...

Dear little Sister, how much your letters pleased me and did some good to my soul. I rejoice when seeing how much God loves you and is granting you His graces.... He finds you worthy of suffer­ing for His love, and it is the greatest proof of affection that He may give you, for suffering makes us like Him....

O dear little Sister! do not forget the last, the poorest of your sisters. Ask Jesus that she be very faithful, that she be like you, happy to be everywhere the littlest.. .the last! ...

I beg you, offer my best wishes to your kind Mothers and assure them that I am united to them in the Heart of Jesus.

Your poor little Sister,

Thérèse of the Child Jesus rel. carm. ind.

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