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LT 104 - To Agnes of Jesus

 

LT 104                From Thérèse to Agnes of Jesus. (Fragments.)

May 5-6, 1890

J.M.J.T.

Thank you for your letter, ah! thank you!. . .

It doesn't surprise me that you are having no consolation, for Jesus is so little consoled that He is happy when He finds a soul in whom He may take His rest without a lot of ceremony

How proud I am to be your sister! And your little daughter, too, for it's you who taught me to love Jesus, to seek Him only and to despise all creatures ....

As for Céline, I don't know any more than you, and even less, for I didn't know she was suffering, if this is not . . . troublesome At first, Céline spoke to us about our poor Father; she remarked that it ...

she .... of Jeanne. She told us also to pray very much for Léonie for she is suffering from her illness, and I believe that Uncle thinks this is dangerous; it's swollen all around ....

Céline spoke to us about poor little Father; she remarked that it was on Saturday, the day of the Finding of the Cross, that we, too, found our Cross! Léonie was here. She hopes to be cured at the Holy Face or at Lourdes. She will go down into the bath. Poor Léonie, she was so kind and she wanted to deprive herself of her visits just to please Céline .... They rang for Vespers,' and I left. I don't know when they will be at Tours, but I believe next week they will be at Lourdes. We must write them on Monday or Tues­day before noon in order that the letter arrive on Saturday.

Oh! how earth is an exile!. . . There is no other support to seek outside of Jesus, for He alone is immutable. What a joy to think that He cannot change .... What a joy for our heart to think that our family loves Jesus so tenderly; this is always my consola­tion; is not our family a virginal family, a family of lilies? . . . Ask from Jesus that the littlest, that the last may not be the last in lov­ing Him with all her power to love!. . .

 

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