LT 84 - To Mme Guérin - March 12, 1889

LT 84                   From Thérèse to Mme. Guérin.

March 12, 1889


Carmel, March 12, 1889

Jesus +

Dear little Aunt,

I find it impossible for me to obey you, for it would be too dif­ficult not to say merci!. . . How little a thing these five letters are to express my gratitude to you, but dear Aunt, I beg you, under­stand all that your little daughter cannot say to you. Oh, Aunt, how kind you are!.. . And how I will pray for you. Alas, it is true that I am incapable of doing anything good, and instead of earn­ing money, I know only how to lose it, and so dear little Aunt's loving attention has really touched me. 1 couldn't get over seeing myself so rich all of a sudden without having done anything to earn so much money .... I can't help smiling when thinking that, thanks to my kind relatives, I am going to be able to supply the whole Community with fish ....

I trust, dear Aunt, that you will thank dear Uncle for me and express my gratitude to him.

God must love you, dear Aunt, very specially when making you suffer in this way; however, if He were to answer me, you would never be sick again, for I would be happy if He were to send me all the pains that He reserves for you.

Alas! dear Aunt, may my letter go a little way in expressing the sentiments of my heart .... I should like to be able to show you all my gratitude!...

How kind Jesus is in allowing us, in the cruel trial He is sending, the consolation of seeing our sorrow shared and understood by our kind relatives!. . .

I kiss little Jeanne and also my little mistress of the house with my whole heart.

Adieu, dear little Aunt. I thank you once again and dear Un­cle, too, and I kiss you very tenderly.

Your very grateful little daughter,

Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus



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