LT 211 - To sister Geneviève

LT 211                From Thérèse to Sister Geneviève.

December 24, 1896

"Message from 1896   the Blessed Virgin to my dear Child without a home in a foreign land."

Christmas 1896

Dear little Daughter,

If you only knew how much you delight my heart and that of my little Jesus, oh, how happy you would be!... But you do not know, you do not see, and your soul is in sadness. I would like to console you, and, if I do not do it, it is because I know the value of suffer­ing and anguish of heart. Oh, my dear child! if you only knew how my soul was plunged into bitterness when I saw my tender spouse St. Joseph coming back sadly to me without having found an inn.

If you want to bear in peace the trial of not pleasing yourself, you will give me a sweet home; true, you will suffer since you will be at the door of your house, but do not fear, the poorer you are the more Jesus will love you. He will go far, very far in search of you, if at times you wander off a little. He prefers to see you hit­ting against the stones in the night than walking in broad daylight on a path bedecked with flowers that could retard your progress. I love you, oh, my Céline, I love you more than you could understand....

I am delighted to see you desiring great things, and I am prepar­ing still greater ones for you.... One day you will come with your Thérèse into the beautiful heaven, you will take your place on the knees of my beloved Jesus, + and I will also take you in my arms and will shower you with caresses, for I am your Mother, your dear Mamma.

Mary, Queen of little angels.

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