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LT 70 - To Mother Saint-Placide - Beginning of December, 1888

LT 70 From Thérèse to Mother Saint-Placide.
Beginning of December, 1888          

As a former pupil of the Benedictine boarding school and a Child of Mary, Thérèse received an in­vitation to the celebration on December 13, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Children of Mary Sodality. According to an oral tra­dition, Sister Agnes of Jesus wrote the letter and Thérèse copied it.

 

J.M.J.T.

Jesus +                                                Carmel, December, '88

Dear Mistress,

I was very much touched by your kind attention. I received the dear circular letter of the Children of Mary with pleasure. Cer­tainly, I won't fail to be present in spirit at this beautiful celebra­tion, for was it not in this beautiful chapel that the Blessed Virgin adopted me on the beautiful day of my First Communion and on the day of my reception into the Children of Mary. I could not forget, dear Mistress, how kind you were to me at the time of these great events in my life, and I cannot doubt that the remarkable grace of my religious vocation germinated on that blessed day when, surrounded by my good teachers, I made the consecration of myself to Mary at the foot of the altar, taking her for my Mother in a special way, when in the morning I had re­ceived Jesus for the first time. I like to believe that she did not look then on my unworthiness and that, in her great kindness, she con­sidered the virtue of the dear teachers who had, with so much care, prepared my heart to receive her divine Son. I like to think that it was for this reason she wanted to make me become more perfectly her child by giving me the great grace of leading me into Carmel.

I think, dear Mistress, that you are aware of my beloved Father's illness. I feared for several days that God was going to steal him from my love, but Jesus has seen fit to give me the grace

of restoring him for the time of my reception of the Habit. I was intending every day to write you to let you know of my acceptance by the Chapter,® but, not knowing the time the bishop would de­cide upon, I was waiting. I hope, dear Mistress, that you have not taken my tardiness as indifference; oh! no, my heart is always the same. I believe that, since my entrance into Carmel, it has become more tender and more loving. So I am thinking frequently of all my good teachers, and I love to name each in particular to Jesus during the blessed hours I spend at His feet. I dare to beg you, dear Mistress, to speak for me to them and to remember me to them, especially to Madame la Prieure, for whom I retain a most filial and grateful affection. Please, too, remember me to my happy companions, whose little sister in Mary I remain always.

Adieu, dear Mistress. I hope you will not forget in your holy prayers her who is and always will be your grateful child.

Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus

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