LT 244 - to Fr. Bellière - June 9, 1897.

This note was never sent because of an improve­ment in Thérèse's condition.


June 9, 1897

Dear little Brother, I received your letter this morning, and I am profiting from a moment when the infirmarian is absent to write you a last note of adieu. When you receive it, I shall have left the exile.... Your little sister will be united forever to her Jesus; then she will be able to obtain graces for you and to fly with you into distant missions.

Oh, dear little Brother, how happy I am to die!... Yes, I am happy not because I shall be delivered from sufferings here below (suffer­ing, on the contrary, is the only thing that seems desirable to me in this valley of tears), but because I really feel that such is God's will.

Our good Mother would like to keep me on earth; at this moment they are making a novena of Masses for me to Our Lady of Vic­tories. She has already cured me in my childhood, but I believe the miracle she will work will be none other than that of consoling the Mother who loves me so tenderly.

Dear little Brother, at the moment of appearing before God, I understand more than ever that there is only one thing necessary, that is, to work solely for Him and to do nothing for self or for creatures.

Jesus wills to possess your heart completely, He wills you to become a great saint. For this you will have to suffer very much, but then what joy inundate your soul when you will reach the blessed moment of your entrance into eternal life!...

Dear little Brother, I would like to tell you many things that I understand now that I am at the door of eternity; but I am not dying, I am entering into Life, and all that I cannot say to you here below I will make you understand from the heights of heaven…

Adieu, little Brother, pray for your little sister who says to you: A bientôt au revoir au Ciel!.. .

Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face rel. carm. ind.


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