LT 259 - to sr Geneviève - July 22, 1897.


July 22, 1897 - Feast of St. Magdalene


"Let the just man break me out of compassion for sinners, let the oil with which one perfumes his head not weaken mine.'"

I cannot be broken, tried, except by the just, since all my Sisters are pleasing to God. It is less bitter to be broken by a sinner than by a just man; but out of compassion for sinners in order to obtain their conversion, I ask You, oh, my God! that I be broken for them by the just souls who surround me. I ask You, too, that the oil of praise so sweet to nature may not weaken my head, that is, my mind, by making me believe I possess virtues that I have hardly practiced

several times. Oh, Jesus, Your name is like oil poured out; it is in this divine perfume that I want to bathe myself entirely, far from the eyes of creatures....

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