LT 68 - To M. Martin

LT 68 From Thérèse to M. Martin

November 25, 1888   


Carmel, November 25, '88

Dear little Father,

Your Queen is thinking of you continually, and she is praying all day long for her King. I am very happy in the nest of Carmel, and I no longer desire anything on earth, except to see my dear King entirely cured, but I know why God is sending us this trial; it is so that we win His beautiful heaven. He knows that our dear Father is all that we love most on this earth, but He knows, too, that it is necessary to suffer to gain eternal life, and it is for this that He is trying us in all that we hold most dear.

I feel, too, that God wills to give my King a magnificent throne in His Kingdom; it is so beautiful and so elevated above all human thoughts that we can say with St. Paul: "The eye of man has not seen; his ear has not heard, and his heart cannot under­stand what God reserves for those whom He loves." Is there anyone whom God loves more on this earth than my dear little Father?. . . Really, I cannot believe it!. . . Today, at least, He is giving us the proof that I am not wrong since God always tries those whom He loves. I really believe that God makes us suffer in this way on earth so that heaven may appear better to His Elect; He says that on the last day He will dry all the tears from their eyes, and, no doubt, the more tears there will be to dry the greater the consolation will be!. . .

Adieu, dear King. Your Queen rejoices when thinking of the day when she will reign with you in the beautiful and only true kingdom of heaven.

Thérèse of the Child Jesus


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