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LT 186 - To Léonie

 

 

LT 186            From Thérèse to Léonie.

April 11, 1896

J.M.J.T.

Dear Léonie,

Your very little Sister cannot refrain from coming to you also to tell you how much she loves you and is thinking of you especially on this your feast day. I have nothing to offer you, not even a pic­ture; but I am mistaken, I will offer you tomorrow the divine Reali­ty, Jesus-Victim, YOUR SPOUSE and mine. ... Dear little Sister, how sweet it is that we can, all five, call Jesus "Our Beloved." But what will it be when we shall see Him in heaven and follow Him everywhere, singing the same canticle only virgins are permitted to sing!

Then we shall understand the value of suffering, and, like Jesus, we shall repeat: "It was really necessary that suffering should try us and have us come to glory."

Dear little Sister, I cannot tell you all the deep thoughts my heart contains concerning yourself; the only thing I want to say is this: I love you a thousand times more tenderly than ordinary sisters love each other, for I can love you with the Heart of our celestial Spouse.In Him we are living the same life, and in Him for all eternity I shall remain.

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

 

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