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LT 243 - to sr Geneviève - June 7, 1897.

J.M.J.T.

June 7, 1897

Beloved little Sister, let us never speak what appears great in the eyes of creatures. Solomon, the wisest king who ever was on earth, having considered the different works that occupy men under the sun, painting, sculpture, all the arts, understood that all these things were subject to envy, he cried out that they were only vanity and affliction of spirit! ...

The only thing that is not envied is the last place; there is, then, only this last place which is not vanity and affliction of spirit....

However, "the way of man is not within his power," and we sur­prise ourselves at times by desiring what sparkles. So let us line up humbly among the imperfect, let us esteem ourselves as little souls whom God must sustain at each moment. When He sees we are very much convinced of our nothingness, He extends His hand to us. If we still wish to attempt doing something great even under the pretext of zeal, Good Jesus leaves us all alone. "But when I said: 'My foot has stumbled,' your mercy, Lord, strengthened me!... Ps. XCIII." YES, it suffices to humble oneself, to bear with one's imperfections. That is real sanctity! Let us take each other by the hand, dear little sister, and let us run to the last place... no one will come to dispute with us over it....

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