LT 155 - To M. and Mme Guérin

Au Carmel le 29 Décembre 1893


LT 155                 From Thérèse to M. and Mme Guérin.

December 29, 1893


Jesus                                               Carmel, December 29, 1893

Dear Uncle and dear Aunt,

I have only a few minutes to offer you my wishes for a happy New Year. Our Mother just told me her letter must be delivered tomorrow morning. But I do not need a lot of time to repeat to my dear relatives the wishes my heart is making for their happiness. 1 would like, were this possible, the New Year to reserve only con­solations for them. But alas! God, who knows the rewards He is reserving for His friends, often loves to have them win His treasures means of sacrifices. Our Holy Mother Teresa said smilingly to Our Lord these very true words: "My God, I am not surprised You have so few friends, You treat them so badly."

However, even in the midst of the trials He sends, God is filled with tenderness. My dear Father's illness is an evident proof of this for me. This cross was the greatest I could have imagined, but after we had tasted its bitterness, Our Lord came to sweeten, by means of our dear relatives' hands, the chalice of sorrow He had offered us and which I was expecting to drink to the last dregs....

O, dear Uncle and dear little Aunt! if you only knew how loving and grateful is your little Thérèse's heart!... I cannot tell you all I would like, it is the hour for Matins. Pardon me for the incoherence of my letter and my spidery handwriting ... look only at your child's heart.

Thérèse of the Child Jesus rel. carm. ind.


I beg you to give Madame Fournet sincerest wishes from her little daughter.


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