LT 105 - To Céline

LT 105                From Thérèse to Céline.

May 10, 1890    



My dear Céline,

Are you happy with your trip?... I hope the Blessed Virgin grants you her graces, if these are not graces of consolation, they will no doubt be graces of light! . , . And the Holy Face! , . Céline, do you know it is a great grace to visit all these holy places? ... My heart would like to follow you everywhere, but, alas, I don't know the itinerary of the trip; I even thought that you would not be at Lourdes until next week.

Céline, you should be happy to be contemplating the beauties of nature, the mountains, the silvery rivers; all this is so magnifi­cent, so well made for lifting up our souls .... Ah! little sister, let us detach ourselves from this earth, let us fly to the mountain of love where the beautiful Lily of our souls is to be found .... Let us detach ourselves from the consolations of Jesus in order to at­tach ourselves to Him! . . .

And the Blessed Virgin! Ah, Céline, hide yourself well in the shadow of her virginal mantle in order that she may virginize you! .. . Purity is so beautiful, so white! ... Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God! ... Yes, they will see Him even on this earth, where nothing is pure, but where all creatures be­come crystal clear when seen through the Face of the most beau­tiful and whitest of Lilies! .. .

Céline, pure hearts are sometimes surrounded by thorns .... They are often in darkness, and then these lilies believe they've lost their whiteness, they think these thorns surrounding them have succeeded in tearing their petals! .. . Céline, do you under­stand? ... The lilies in the midst of thorns are the loved ones of Jesus, and it is in their midst that He takes His delight! ...

Blessed is he who has been found worthy to suffer temptation!

Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face


I'd have liked to write to my dear Léonie, but this is impossible for me because of a lack of time. Tell her how much I am praying for her, and how much I am thinking of my dear godmother. 1 wanted, too, to write to little Marie, but I can't. I am praying very much so that the Blessed Virgin may make her a little lily that thinks very much of Jesus and forgets itself as well as all its miseries within the hands of obedience!' I'm not forgetting my Jeanne          

We have received nothing from Canada. Sister Agnes of Jesus can't write because of her retreat.

If you have not bought anything for N.M., you could bring back a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, unpainted, around four or five francs.


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