LT 101 - To Céline.


LT 101                  From Thérèse to Céline.

December 31, 1889


Jesus + December 31, '89

My dear Céline,

You are the one getting my last "adieu" for this year!... In a few hours, it will have passed forever ... it will be in eternity!. . .

Since my Céline is in her bed, it is up to me to go and wish her a Happy New Year ....

Do you remember times past?. . . The year which is just run­ning out was good; yes, it was precious for heaven, and may the one that will follow resemble it!. . .

Céline, I'm not surprised at seeing you in bed after such a year; at the end of a day like that, there is reason to rest!. . Do you understand?. . . Perhaps the year about to begin will be the last!!!!!!... Ah! let us profit, let us profit from the shortest moments; let us act like misers, and let us be jealous of the littlest things for the Beloved! Our New Year's day is very sad this year .. . and it's with a heart filled with memories that I'm going to watch, waiting for midnight .... I remember everything now we are orphans, but we can say with love: "Our Father, who art in heaven." Yes, there still remains to us the only All of our souls!...

Another year has passed!... Céline! it is gone, gone, and it will never return, and just as this year has passed so also will our life pass and soon we shall say: "It is gone." Let us not waste our time, soon eternity will shine for us!. . . Céline, if you wish, let us con­vert souls; this year, we must form many priests who love Jesus! and who handle Him with the same tenderness with which Mary handled Him in His cradle! . . .

Your little Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face


I wish a Happy New Year to Lolo also, but I believe I'll see her!... Thank Uncle and Aunt very much, and tell them that I was really touched by their gifts; thank, too, Jeanne and Marie very much. They are truly kind.


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