LT 125 - To Mme Guérin


LT 125                From Thérèse to Mme. Guérin

November 17, 1890


Jesus                                                Carmel, November 17, '90

Dear Aunt,

With what joy I come to wish you a happy feast!... For a long time I have been thinking of this beautiful day, and I am delighted to come to dear Aunt to tell her how much her last, her littlest daughter loves her. In everything she wants to be the last and the littlest, but in affection and tenderness never will she allow herself to be surpassed by her elder sisters. ... And, then, is it not a Ben­jamin's right to love more than others?...

How many memories for me there are in this date of November 19. For a long time in advance I used to take delight in it, first, because this date was dear Aunt's feast day, and also because of the nice treats I was given on this day. Now time has passed by, the little birds have grown, they have spread their wings and have flown from the very sweet nest of their childhood. But, dear little Aunt, while I was growing up, your little daughter's heart was growing also in tenderness for you, and now especially it understands all it owes you.... To pay my debt I have only one means. Being very poor and having as my spouse a powerful and very rich King, I entrust Him with pouring out in profusion on dear Aunt the treasures of His love and thus making return to her for all the motherly acts of kindness with which she surrounded my childhood.

Dear Aunt, I am not saying adieu to you, for I count on remain­ing all day with you, and I hope you will divine your little daughter's heart.

Thérèse of the Child Jesus rel. carm. ind.


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