LT 115 - To Agnes of Jesus



LT 115                From Thérèse to Agnes of Jesus.

September 4, 1890


I am giving you the letter from Rome in order that you may give it to Céline if you so desire. Perhaps Papa will not under­stand, but it is not difficult to bring it, and if sometime he were to understand, he would be happy. Should I also send him my vows so that he may bless them? If you think "yes," will you tell me to­morrow morning so that I may write them out very quickly. They could be placed in the center of the crown, but it may be better to do nothing?. . .

Thank you for your little letter; if you only knew how much it pleased me!. . . My soul is always in the subterranean passage, but it is very happy, yes, happy to have no consolation whatso­ever, for I find that then its love is not like the love of earthly fiancées who are always looking at the hands of their fiancés to see if they have brought them any gifts, or else at their faces to catch there a smile of love which delights them....

But the poor little fiancée of Jesus feels that she loves Jesus for Himself alone, and she wants to look at her Beloved's face only to catch there the tears which flow from His eyes which have delight­ed her by their hidden charms !. . . She wishes to dry these tears in order to make her dress from them on the day of her wedding, a dress which will be hidden too but will be understood by her Beloved.


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