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LT 98 - To Céline - October 22, 1889

LT 98                    From Thérèse to Céline.

October 22, 1889

J.M.J.T.

Jesus +                                                Carmel, October 22, '89

My dear Céline,

If you only knew the sorrow I have when I think that I allowed the 21st to pass by without wishing a happy feast to my Céline! ... Will Céline have doubted the heart of her Thérèse? ...

She had been thinking, nevertheless, of this dear feast for a long time, but the life of Carmel is so eremitical that the poor lit­tle hermit never knows what the date is .... Céline this forgetfulness was in my heart, but, you see, I think that this year Jesus wanted our feast to be on the same day; and isn't today the octave of St. Teresa. Yes, Céline, St. Teresa is also your patroness since you are already her dear daughter ....

If you only knew how I look upon this sorrow that I have today as willed by Jesus, for He is pleased to sow our life with little sor­rows ....

I am sending you a beautiful picture of the Holy Face that our dear Mother gave me some time ago. I think it suits Marie of the Holy Face so well that I can't keep it for myself, and, for a long time already, I was thinking of giving it to my Céline . .. my own Céline .... May Marie of the Holy Face be another Veronica, who wipes away the blood and tears of Jesus, her only Beloved; may she win souls for Him, and especially the souls whom she loves, may she be tireless in braving the soldiers, that is, the world, in order to reach Him .... Ah, how happy she'll be when one day she will be able to contemplate in glory the mysterious drink with which she had quenched her heavenly Fiancé's thirst, and when she sees His lips, once desiccated, open to speak that unique and eternal word of love ! . .. The Merci which will have no end ....

See you soon, dear little Veronica. Tomorrow, no doubt, the Beloved will ask a new sacrifice, a new alleviation of His thirst, but this does not matter, let us die with Him. ...

Happy feast, dear Céline ....

Your poor little sister,

Don't forget to pick a little Céline flower; my heart will offer it to you     

Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face

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