LT 47 - To Céline - May 8, 1888

LT 47                  From Thérèse to Céline.

May 8, 1888

I am sending you, little Céline, two little tablecloths to be stitched on the sewing machine. I know that you are very busy, but you are not going to refuse this service to your little Thérèse. I think that two rows would be good. There is one on which the hem is too little, and you could widen the second row of stitches. I would really like to have them for tomorrow after dinner at the latest, for it is Ascension Thursday.

It is four years ago today that I made my First Communion, do you remember?... What graces God has given me since that time.

Dear Céline, there are moments when I wonder if it is true that I am in Carmel; at times, I can't believe it. Alas, what have I done for God that He gives me His graces in this way.

Tomorrow, it will be a month that I am far from you, but it seems to me that we are not separated. What does the place mat­ter where we are? Even if the ocean were to separate us, we would remain united, for our desires are the same and our hearts beat together. ... I am sure that you understand me. (What does it matter after all whether life is cheerful or sad, we would nonethe­less reach the end of our journey here below.) A day of a Carmel­ite spent without suffering is a day lost. For you it is the same thing, for you are a Carmelite at heart.

Kiss Léonie for me.

Your little Thérèse of the Child Jesus

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