LT 164 - To Sister Thérèse-Dosithée (Léonie)

LT 164                 From Thérèse to Sister Thérèse-Dosithée (Léonie).

May 22, 1894




Dear little Sister,

My Sunday note will reach you at the same time as this one, and you will see that already I was rejoicing in your happiness.... Thank you for your little letter which pleased me very, very much!...

You are very much blessed, dear little Sister, that Jesus is so jealous of your heart. He is saying to you as to the spouse of the Canticle: "You have wounded my heart, my sister, my spouse, by one of your eyes and by one strand of your hair fluttering on your neck.'" Jesus is very much pleased with you, I feel it. If He is still allowing you to see infidelities in your heart, I am very sure that the acts of love He is gathering are more numerous.

Which of the Thérèses will be the more fervent?... The one who will be more humble, more united to Jesus, more faithful in per­forming all her actions through love!. .. Ah! let us pray for one another in order to be equally faithful.... Let us wound Jesus by our eye and by a single hair, this is, by the greatest thing and by the littlest. Let us not refuse Him the least sacrifice. Everything is so big in religion... to pick up a pin out of love can convert a soul. What a mystery!. ..

Ah! it is Jesus alone who can give such a value to our actions; let us love Him with all our strength....

Your little Sister who loves you,

Thérèse of the Child Jesus rel. carm. ind.


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