LT 192 - To Mme Guérin

LT 192 From Thérèse to Mme. Guérin.


July 16, 1896



July 16, 1896

Dear Aunt,

I would have liked to be the first to come to you, but there re­mains for me only the sweet and lovable duty of thanking you for the beautiful letter I received.

How kind you are, dear Aunt, to think of your little Thérèse. Ah! I assure you, you are not dealing with an ungrateful person.

I would like to tell you something new, but I rack my brains in vain, absolutely nothing comes except tenderness for my dear relatives... and this thing is far from being new since it is as old as myself...

Dear Aunt, you ask me to give you some news about my health just as I would to a Mamma; this is what I shall do, but if I tell you I am in excellent health, you will not believe me, so I shall allow the famous Doctor de Cornière to speak, to whom I had the distinguished honor of being presented yesterday in the speakroom. This illustrious personage, after having honored me with a look, declared that I looked well! This declaration has not hindered me from thinking I will soon be allowed to go to heaven with the little angels, not because of my health but because of another declara­tion made today in the Carmel's chapel by M. l'abbé Lechêne.... After having shown us the illustrious origins of our Holy Order, after having compared us to the Prophet Elias fighting against the priests of Baal, he declared: "Times similar to those of Achab's persecu­tion were about to begin again." We seemed to be flying already to martyrdom...

What joy, dear little Aunt, if our whole family were to enter heaven on the same day. It seems to me that I see you smile... perhaps you think this honor is not reserved for us... What is certain about this is that, all together or one after another, we shall one day leave the exile for the homeland and then we shall take delight in all the things for which heaven will be the prize. . .for having taken some medicine on the days prescribed as well as for having been at Matins in spite of a sad face, or for having hunted for some rabbits and gathered some oats...

I see to my great sorrow that it is impossible for me to say anything which makes any common sense; it is certainly because 1 wanted to write many things to little Aunt, whom I love so much...

Fortunately, Sister Marie of the Eucharist will make up for my poverty, she is my only consolation in my extreme indigence.... We are always together at our work, and we understand each other very well. I assure you, neither of us encourages sadness; we have to be careful not to speak useless words, for after each meaningful sentence there always comes a little amusing refrain which we have to keep for the time of recreation.

Dear Aunt, 1 beg you to offer my love to all the dear inhabitants at La Musse, especially to Uncle, whom I ask to hug you tightly for me.

Your little daughter who loves you, Thérèse of the Child Jesus rel. carm. ind.


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