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Pious Recreation n° 7 , 01r

                                                                                                        J.M.J.T.                                                                                                            

21 June 1896

 

 THE TRIUMPH OF HUMILITY

  [Scene 1]

The scene takes place in the recreation room where three novices are gathered for some free time. — Sr. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, oldest member of the novitiate — Sr. Mane-Madeleine, professed with the white veil — Sr. Mane of the Holy Spirit, a choir postulant.

SR. THÉRÈSE OF THE CHILD JESUS

 "What happiness to find ourselves together to have a fine free day... Let's see — Sr. Marie of the Holy Spirit, what do you think of the feast of Our Mother? Have you ever seen anything in the world so charming as this union of hearts, this sweet gaiety?

SR. MARIE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

No, I've never seen anything that pleases me so much... The feasts of Carmel have a special charm, the family spirit gives them a distinctive character and that is what delightsme..... Oh! how happy I am here, I feel so close to Heaven andI have only one desire, to unite myself intimately with Jesus by becoming His fiancée.

SR. MARIE-MADELEINE

Oh! we have all that same happiness of having been cho­sen by the Good God... Of you, my sisters, I understand this,you are so good!., but me, a poor little shepherdess, how could He lower Himself to take me for His spouse? He knows so well that I have neither learning nor virtue.

SR. THÉRÈSE OF THE CHILD JESUS

Our Lord did not lower Himself any more in coming to you than He did in coming to us; on the contrary, in His eyes, the most humble state is the grandest; but, like you, it moves me to contemplate His love. I love to meditate on those words our holy Mother Geneviève heard in one of her ecstasies: ''To be thespouse of a God... What a title! What a privilege!...... " It is JesusHimself, in fact, who becomes the spouse of our souls and no archangel, one of the glorious princes of His court. Far from acting like Him, Satan (the one deprived of love, as our mother Saint Teresa called him), is content to betroth the souls that belong to him to [some of] his demons. This thought touched me [vividly] when I read the story of the extraordinary conver­sion of___________ Diana Vaughan. What a beautifullady___________ Oh! how___________ now 

  

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