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LT 212 - To Sister Marie of the Trinity

LT 212                From Thérèse to Sister Marie of the Trinity.

December 24, 1896   

Christmas Eve 1896

Dear little Spouse,

Oh! how pleased I am with you. ... All year you have amused me very much by playing ninepins. 1 was so pleased that the angelic court was surprised and charmed; more than one little cherub asked me why I had not made him a child... more than one asked me if the melody of his harp was not more pleasing to me than your joyful laugh when you knocked down a pin with the bowl of your love.

I answered my little cherubs that they were not to be sorry for not having been children since one day they would be able to play with you in the meadows of heaven; I told them, certainly, your smile was more sweet to me than their melodies because you could not play and smile except by suffering, by forgetting yourself.

Beloved little spouse, I have something to ask you, will you refuse me?... Oh, no! you love me too much for that. Well, I shall admit I would like to change the game; the ninepins amuse me, but I would now like to spin the top, and if you wish you will be my top. I am giving you one as a model. You see it is not beautiful, whoever does not know how to use it will kick it away with his foot. But a child will leap with joy when seeing it and will say: "Ah! how amusing, this can spin all day long without stopping.'"

I, little Jesus, love you even though you are without any charms, and I am asking you always to spin in order to amuse me.... But strokes of the whip are necessary to make the top spin... . Well! let the Sisters render you this service and be thankful to them who will be the most assiduous in not letting you relent in your spinning. When I have been well entertained by you, I will take you up above and we shall play without any suffering....

Your little Brother Jesus.

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