LT 87 - To Céline - April 4, 1889

LT 87                   From Thérèse to Céline.

April 4, 1889


Carmel, April 4, '89

Jesus! . . .

Dear little Céline,

Your letter gave great sadness to my soul! Poor little Papa ! . . . No, the thoughts of Jesus are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways ....

He is offering us a chalice as bitter as our feeble nature can bear!. . . Let us not withdraw our lips from this chalice prepared by the hand of Jesus ....

Let us see life as it really is ... . It is a moment between two eternities .... Let us suffer in peace! . .

I admit that this word peace seemed a little strong to me, but the other day, when reflecting on it, I found the secret of suffer­ing in peace .... The one who says peace is not saying joy, or at least, felt joy .... To suffer in peace it is enough to will all that Jesus wills .... To be the spouse of Jesus we must resemble Jesus, and Jesus is all bloody, He is crowned with thorns! . . .

"A thousand years in your eyes, Lord, are as yesterday, which has passed" ! . . .

"On the banks of the river of Babylon, we sat and wept when we remembered Zion .... We hung our harps on the willows in the fields .... Those who led us into captivity said to us: 'Sing for us one of the pleasant songs from Zion. How could we sing the song of the Lord in a foreign land!" . .. Psalm of David ....

No, let us not sing the canticles of heaven to creatures .... But, like Cecilia, let us sing a melodious canticle in our heart to our Beloved! . ..

The canticle of suffering united to His sufferings is what de­lights His Heart the most!.. .

Jesus is on fire with love for us . . . look at His adorable Face! . . . Look at His eyes lifeless and lowered! Look at His wounds .... Look at Jesus in His Face .... There you will see how He loves us.

Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face


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