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LT 245 - to Mother Agnes of Jesus, sr Marie of the Sacred Heart and sr Geneviève - June 1897.

June 1897

Do not weep over me, for I am in heaven with the Lamb and the consecrated Virgins! ...

I see what I believed I possess what I hoped for I am united to Him whom I loved with all my power of loving.

The smallest movement of pure Love is more useful to the Church than all other works put together! It is, then, of the greatest importance that the soul exercise herself much in Love in order that, consuming herself rapidly, she hard­ly stops here below and arrives promptly in see­ing her God Face to Face. (St. John of the Cross.)  

I find nothing on earth that makes me happy; my heart is too big, nothing that is called happiness in this world can satisfy it. My mind takes flight to Eternity, time is about to end! ... My heart is peaceful like a tranquil lake or a serene sky; I do not long for the life of this world, my heart is thirsting for the waters of eternal life! ... In a little while my soul will leave the earth, will end its exile, will terminate its combat.... I am ascending to heaven... I am touching the homeland, I am carrying off the victory!... I am about to enter into the abode of the elect, to see beauties that the eye of man has never seen, to listen to harmonies the ear has never heard, to enjoy delights the heart has never tasted. .. . Here I am, brought to that hour which each of us has so much desired!'... It is very true that the Lord chooses the little ones to confound the great ones of this world. ... I do not depend on my own strength but on the strength of Him, who on the Cross has overcome the powers of hell. I am a springtime flower that the Master of the garden is plucking for His pleasure.... We are all flowers planted on this earth that God gathers in His own time, a little earlier, a little later.... I, a little short-lived creature, am going there the first!  One day we shall find one another again in Paradise, and we shall enjoy true hap­piness! . ..

Thérèse of the Child Jesus borrowing the thoughts of the angel Martyr, Théophane Vénard.

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