LT 159 - To Céline Maudelonde

LT 159               From Thérèse to Céline Maudelonde.

March 26, 1894


Carmel, March 26, 1894

Dear little Céline,

I would have liked to answer earlier your letter which gave me much joy; Lent prevented me from this, but at last this is Paschal time, and 1 can tell my dear little cousin the share I am taking in her happiness.

The great peace you are experiencing is to me a manifest sign of the will of God, for He alone can pour peace into your soul, and the happiness you are enjoying under His divine glance can come only from Him. Dear little Céline, I cannot show you my affection in the way I would if I were still in the world, however, it is not less strong for that reason. On the contrary, I feel that in solitude I will be more useful to you than if I had the consolation of being near you. Carmel's grilles are not made to separate hearts that love one another only in Jesus, they serve rather to make the bonds uniting them stronger.

While you are following the path God has traced out for you, 1 will pray for my Céline, the companion of my childhood. 1 will beg that all her joys be so pure that she may always be able to enjoy them under the eyes of God. I will ask, especially, that she may ex­perience the incomparable joy of bringing back a soul to Our Lord, and that this soul be the one that must soon form only one with hers.

I do not doubt this grace will soon be granted to you, and I would be happy if my weak prayers had contributed a little bit to it.

I hope my dear little Hélène is now cured, the moment for being sick would be very poorly chosen!... I beg you to hug her tightly for me, and I ask her to give my dear Céline all my most tender kisses; I am sure I cannot choose anyone better for carrying out this sweet mission…

Mother Marie de Gonzague joins your three cousins in Carmel by taking delight in your happiness. They beg you, dear Céline, to remember them respectfully to Monsieur and Madame Maudelonde.

I leave you, dear Céline, always remaining united to you in heart.

Your little cousin who will love you all her life and will not cease praying for your happiness.

Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus re. carm. ind.

P.S. The Mother Prioress of the Saigon Carmel has sent us a great number of Chinese objects, among which is a charming little drawing-room suite. Our Mother thought of raffling them off for the benefit of our Community. The tickets are fifty centimes. We are offering them to all the friends of our Carmel. If you want any, we shall be happy to send you some.



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