LT 50 - To Marie Guérin - May 13, 1888

LT 50                  From Thérèse to Marie Guérin..

May 13, 1888

Sunday, May '88

My dear little Sister,

If you have "Pott's disease" at the end of your tongue, you cer­tainly don't have it in your mind or at the tips of your fingers. What a charming letter!. . .

If you wanted to make me laugh, you did not lose your time, you little rascal. Naughty little thing, now you have a sore foot; it's extraordinary, for your feet are so little that there really is no room for it.

Fortunately, Pentecost will be soon, and the Holy Spirit will certainly repair a grave oversight He made on the day of your Confirmation. He gave you all His gifts, but unfortunately He forgot one which would be very useful for you. Can you guess which?. .

I am going to pray during my retreat that on the day of Pentecost you will be as strong as a little Samson. If you still have a sore foot, watch out for your Loulou.

Last night, I dreamt very much about Jeanne. Since I have been in Carmel, it is incredible how often I dream of her. Hug her tightly for your little Thérèse.

What beautiful weather! The sun is radiant; it is really more brilliant than the one that was on your letter, for that one hardly brightened the earth, and if the sun were the same today, I would be forced to use your lamp.

I was fortunate to have had the word lamp to place on this page; otherwise, I would have been obliged to behave discourteously to you, turning the page to bid you Adieu.

See you soon, dear Sister. Kiss good Uncle for me, and tell him we shall not forget his recommendation. A thousand kisses for dear Aunt.

(Your strength will have to be not in your hair but in your foot.)

Dear little imp, I kiss you with my whole heart.

Your little sister,

Thérèse of the Child Jesus


Our big sister is on her Profession retreat. She has her big white veil lowered. I would say she's an angel. She is going to pray for her little Marie.


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