November 16, 1891
From Thérèse to Mme. Guérin.
Carmel, November 16, '91
It is very sweet for your littlest daughter to come with her older sisters to wish you a happy feast day.
Each year, I see the date of November 19 return with joy, and if it is filled with sweet memories for me, it is also rich with hope for the future....
The more I go on in life the more I appreciate how sweet a mother's feast day is. Alas, in my childhood God seemed to take from me forever a joy I had never experienced. But from the height of heaven she who could no longer bestow her caresses on me awakened in a maternal heart, dear to her, the tenderness of a mother for her poor little child, and since then she was able to feel the sweet joys one experiences in honoring a dear mother!...
Dear little Aunt, since she has been on the mountain of Carmel, your little Thérèse feels still more deeply, if that be possible, the affection she has for you; the more she learns to love Jesus, the greater, too, becomes her tenderness for her dear relatives.
The little gift which our good Mother was happy to have made for your feast will tell you better than I, dear Aunt, what I am powerless to tell you. My heart is filled with emotion when seeing this poor hair which undoubtedly has no other value but the delicate workmanship and the gracefulness of its arrangement, but which nevertheless was loved by him whom God took away from us. ... Dear little Aunt, do you understand? I am happy when seeing it is to her—who is dearest to me in this life, after my Father—this hair is offered, which he would have received with so much pleasure.
Dear little Aunt, this letter hardly resembles a feast day letter in which one must speak only of joy and happiness. But I myself cannot speak except with my heart, it alone guides my pen; and I am sure the maternal heart I am addressing will be able to understand me and even guess at what I cannot express…
Dear Aunt, I am obliged to terminate my letter, but first I want to send you all my kisses, and I beg you to tell your little daughters it is they whom I entrust with giving them to you for me. I am sure they will be charmed by the mission I confide to them and that they will carry it out perfectly…
Your little daughter is sending you all her best wishes, and I beg you, dear little Aunt, to believe in all the tenderness of her childlike heart....
Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus rel. carm. ind.
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