From Mme Guérin to Thérèse -November 23 , 1887

From Mme. Guérin to Thérèse.

November 23, 1887

Lisieux, November 23, 1887

My dear little Thérèse,

My letter today is for you because I know you are somewhat un­happy and my heart tells me that you are suffering. I would like to be near you, my darling, to console you and to tell you all that I think regarding the trials which have come to you. If you only knew how I see in all this the hand of God. His Providence is guiding you, be sure of it, and be very trusting. You are doing all that you can, and you're doing it to please God, and this God is pleased to try His little child. Don't be surprised at what has hap­pened to you; your good uncle finds this very natural, and he finds it even extraordinary that you were so disturbed by this. Why, then, cause yourself any grief? Cannot God change hearts in one instant? And, then, if His will is different from ours, or, at least, if He wills to try us for a time, even a long time, in patience, must we complain about it? Have you not done all that you had to do? Really believe, then, I beg you, my darling, that everything that took place comes from God's hand. It is He who permits all this, and, in tormenting yourself, you give Him grief because it is too human a feeling, and God wills that His little daughter allow herself to be directed entirely by Him. Your uncle is so convinced of this that he wants me to repeat it with insistence.

Little Thérésita, Jeanne and Marie wanted to write you, but I prevented them because the hour is late and tomorrow is Mama Papinau's lesson. Poor Marie has still very much to learn. Jeanne is making a cincture for a woolen skirt, and this shows you that the sun is hardly smiling at us. I received your letters yester­day. I delivered Maria's. But the poor girl is hardly in any condi­tion to make a palace out of your home, for those ugly boils don't leave her. She wanted just the same to begin the cleaning yester­day, but she had a large, large boil which caused her much suffer­ing in the whole arm. I advised her to wait for two days, and it will no doubt burst. I see with pleasure the time advancing, and soon you will be in France. What a joy for all of us! We saw Marie and Pauline this afternoon for the last time until Christmas. They shared with us all your tribulations, Thérèse. Tomorrow, they must celebrate the feast of St. John of the Cross, and we would not have been able to see them. The whole family is always very much interested in the travelers. They are following you in spirit and find you very fortunate to see such beautiful things. You must not prove them wrong; you must chase away sadness far from you and lose nothing of this beautiful trip. Come, then, Céline, you who are always cheerful, could you not console and cheer up your little Thérèse? 1 have firm confidence in you, and I am sure that today you are going to make her laugh a little for my sake.

Adieu, little Thérèse. We all think of you and we are following you both in spirit. We all kiss you will all our heart and also your Céline, and we beg you to give our regards to your good father.

Your devoted aunt, C. Guérin

The families Fournet, Maudelonde, and Pigeon want to be remembered to you.

Maria and Marcelline say "bonjour."


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