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LT 88 - To Marie Guérin - April 24, 1889

LT 88                  From Thérèse to Marie Guérin.

April 24, 1889

J.M.J.T.

Wednesday, April '89

Jesus +

My dear little Sister,

I'm coming to ask you for a favor, and it's to you I am address­ing myself, for I know that Les Buissonnets, now, alas! deserted, was formerly your domain.

Do you recall a book which Mme. Tifenne had given me at the time of my First Communion? ... It was entitled: "The Young Girl's Bouquet." This book must be in one of the drawers of the bureau belonging to poor little Father. I'd be very happy if I could have it as soon as possible, as well as another smaller book that the Mesdemoiselles Primois had given me. It's a brown book surrounded with a gold border; I think these are meditations on the Eucharist. This book is on one of the shelves of the cupboard in Céline's bedroom (the cupboard next to the door). Dear little sister, pardon me for asking you this favor! ... If it were possible, you could perhaps explain to the maid what you want without go­ing to Les Buissonnets yourself! . . .

It is incredible how now, it seems to me, our bonds have been tightened; it seems to me that after our terrible trial we are Sisters even more than before! . . .

If you only knew how I love you! . . . and how I think of all of you .... Oh! when we are suffering, it does so much good to have friendly hearts whose echo responds to our own sorrow! . . . How! thank Jesus for having given us such kind relatives . . . such good little sisters. Our poor little sisters over there were tireless the other day when telling us all the good things you have done for them. I saw that my little Marie's heart had touched my Céline's heart, and this gave great joy to my poor heart, for I love my Marie so much!. . . All the compliments they give her would have trouble in measuring up to what I think of her myself.

I am hurrying like a little foolish thing without realizing that my pen cannot keep up with my heart and that, no doubt, I am going to have the embarrassment of not being able to be read.

Very dear little sister, kiss all those whom I love so much; thank them for having spoiled us at Easter with the good chocolate and the good fish .... Ah! I can't even think of the fish. . . . Uncle had something so PATERNAL about him that day, something out of the ordinary!. . . Never will I forget that visit.

Your little sister, who loves you,

Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus

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