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LT 91 - To Marie of the Sacred Heart - End of May (?), 1889

LT 91                  From Thérèse to Marie of the Sacred Heart.

End of May (?), 1889

J.M.J.T.

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Dear Lion, thank you, thank you!. . . What do you want the little lamb to tell you?. . . Wasn't it instructed by you?. . . Do you remember the time when, seated in the big chair, holding me on your knees, you were speaking to me about heaven? ... I can still hear you saying to me: "Look at the merchants, how much trou­ble they go to in order to earn money, and we can gather treasures for heaven at each moment without giving ourselves any trouble; we have only to gather diamonds with a rake."

And I went off, my heart filled with joy, filled with good resolu­tions!. .. Without you, perhaps I'd not be in Carmel!. . .

Time has passed since those blessed moments that slipped away in our sweet nest.... Jesus has come to visit us.... He has found us worthy to pass through the crucible of suffering. . . .

Before my entrance into Carmel, our incomparable Father said when giving me to God: "I would like to have something bet­ter to offer to God." Jesus has listened to his prayer. . . that other better thing was himself . . . What a joy for a moment of suffer­ing. ... It is the Lord who has done this. . . . And the Lord loves Papa incomparably better than we love Papa; he is God's little child. And God, in order to spare him great sufferings, wills that we suffer for him!. . .

It is up to us to thank Him!. . .

Dear Lion, life will pass very quickly. In heaven, it will make no difference to us when we see that all the relics of Les Buissonnets have been carried off here and there! ... What does earth matter?. . Your little daughter, whom you reared!. . .

Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face

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