LT 67 - To Mme Guérin - November 18, 1888.

LT 67  From Thérèse to Mme. Guérin.

November 18, 1888


My dear Aunt,

Permit your little daughter to come, too, to offer you her feeble wishes; they will appear to you as a small matter compared to those which you have already received. But this does not make any difference; her heart cannot refrain from telling her dear Aunt how much she loves her.

This morning, during my Holy Communion, I prayed very much to Jesus to give you His joys; alas! this is not what He is send­ing us for some time. It is the Cross, the Cross alone, which He is giving us in order to test us. . . . Oh! Aunt, if it had been only myself who was suffering, this would have been nothing, but I know the large share you took in our trial. For your feast, I would like to take away all sorrow and to take for myself all your pains. This is what I was asking for just now from Him whose Heart beats in unison with my own. I then felt that all He could give us of the best was suffering, and He was giving this only to His chosen friends; this answer proved to me that I was not answered, for I saw that Jesus loved dear Aunt too much to take away the Cross!. . .

I was really touched, Aunt, by the beautiful cake you sent us; instead of our wishing you a happy feast, it is you who are wishing it to us. This is really too much! I have only a poor little picture to offer to dear Aunt, but I hope she will look at her little daughter's intention.

Au revoir, dear Aunt. It seems to me that during the trial you are still closer to your little daughter,

Thérèse of the Child Jesus


Sister Marie of the Sacred Heart's letter was finished when we received the cake; she told me to thank you.


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