LT 205 - To Sister Marie of Saint-Joseph

LT 205                 From Thérèse to Sister Marie of Saint-Joseph.

December (?), 1896

How naughty to spend one's night in fretting, instead of falling asleep on the Heart of Jesus!...

If the night frightens the little child, if she complains at not see­ing Him who is carrying her, let her close her eyes, let her WILL­INGLY make the sacrifice that is asked of her, and then let her await sleep. . .when she keeps herself peaceful in this way, the night which she is no longer looking at will be unable to frighten her, and soon calm, if not joy, will be reborn in her little heart....

Is it too much to ask the little child to close her eyes?. . .not to struggle against the chimeras of the night?.. .No, it is not too much, and the little child will abandon herself, she will believe that Jesus is carrying her, she will consent not to see Him and to leave far behind the empty fear of being unfaithful (a fear not fitting for a little child).

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