LT 161 - To Céline



LT 161                From Thérèse to Céline.

April 26, 1894


Jesus                                                                  April 26, 1894

Dear little Lyre of Jesus,

To sing your twenty-five years 1 am sending you a little poem that I composed when thinking of you!...

Céline! I am sure you will understand all my canticle would like to tell you, alas, I would need a tongue other than that of this earth to express the beauty of a soul's abondonment into the hands of Jesus. My heart was able only to babble what it feels.... Céline, the story of Cecilia (the Saint of ABANDONMENT) is your story too! Jesus has placed near you an angel from heaven who is always looking after you; he carries you in his hands lest your foot strike against a stone. You do not see him, and yet he is the one who for twenty-five years has preserved your soul, who has kept its virginal whiteness; he is the one who removes from you the occasions of sin.. .. He is the one who showed himself to you in a mysterious dream that he gave you in your childhood. You saw an angel carry­ing a torch and walking before our dear Father. Undoubtedly, he wanted to have you understand the mission that you would later carry out. You are now the visible angel of him who will soon go to be united to the angels of the heavenly city!. .. Céline, do not fear the storms of earth.... Your guardian angel is covering you with his wings, and Jesus, the purity of virgins, reposes in your heart. You do not see His treasures; Jesus is sleeping and the angel remains in his mysterious silence. However, they are there with Mary, who is hiding you also under her veil!...

Do not fear, dear Céline, as long as your lyre does not cease to sing for Jesus, never will it break.... No doubt it is fragile, more fragile than crystal. If you were to give it to an inexperienced musi­cian, soon it would break; but Jesus is the one who makes the lyre of your heart sound.... He is happy that you are feeling your weakness; He is the one placing in your soul sentiments of mistrust of itself. Dear Céline, thank Jesus. He grants you His choice graces; if always you remain faithful in pleasing Him in little things He will find Himself OBLIGED to help you in GREAT things.The apostles worked all night without Our Lord and they caught no fish, but their work was pleasing to Jesus. He willed to prove to them that He alone can give us something; He willed that the apostles hum­ble themselves. "Children," he said to them, "have you nothing to eat?'" "Lord," St. Peter answered, "we have fished all night and have caught nothing." Perhaps if he had caught some little fish, Jesus would not have performed the miracle, but he had nothing, so Jesus soon filled his net in such a way as almost to break it. This is the character of Jesus: He gives as God, but He wills humility of heart....

Before Him, the whole earth is like this little grain of sand which hardly gives the slightest motion in a scale or like one drop of the morning dew which falls upon the earth (Wisdom, chapter ll).

(Dear Céline, if you can read me, it is very extraordinary, but 1 do not have the time to look twice at what I am writing you. ...)

Time passes like a shadow, soon we shall be reunited up above. Has not Jesus said during His Passion: "Nevertheless, you will soon see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of God and coming on the clouds of heaven…”

We shall be there!...

Thérèse of the Child Jesus

[Thérèse adds a tiny holy card that she colored herself - see LT-162]


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