PN 32



J. M. J. T.


Feast of Corpus Christi. June 7, 1896


1 To bear the exile of this valley of tears  
 I need the glance of my Divine Savior.
This glance full of love has revealed its charms to me. It has made me sense the happiness of Heaven.
My Jesus smiles at me when I sigh to Him.
Then I no longer feel my trial of faith.
My God's Glance, his ravishing Smile,
That is Heaven for me!..
2 Heaven for me is to be able to draw down on souls, On the Church my mother and on all my sisters
Jesus' graces and his Divine flames
That can enkindle and rejoice hearts.
I can obtain everything when mysteriously
 I speak heart to heart with my Divine King.
That sweet prayer so near the Sanctuary,
That is Heaven for me!...
3 Heaven for me is hidden in a little Host
Where Jesus, my Spouse, is veiled for love.
I go to that Divine Furnace to draw out life,
And there my Sweet Savior listens to me night and day. "Oh! what a happy moment when in your tenderness You come, my Beloved, to transform me into yourself. That union of love, that ineffable intoxication,
That is Heaven for me!"...
4 Heaven for me is feeling within myself the resemblance
Of the God who created me with his Powerful Breath. Heaven for me is remaining always in his presence, Calling him my Father and being his child.
In his Divine arms, I don't fear the storm.
Total abandonment is my only law.
Sleeping on his Heart, right next to his Face,
That is Heaven for me!...
5 I've found my Heaven in the Blessed Trinity
That dwells in my heart, my prisoner of love.
There, contemplating my God, I fearlessly tell him
That I want to serve him and love him forever.
Heaven for me is smiling at this God whom I adore When He wants to hide to try my faith.
To suffer while waiting for him to look at me again
That is Heaven for me!...
(Thoughts of Sister Saint Vincent de Paul put into verse by her very little sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus.)

© Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars, Inc


Heaven for Me !...




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datation: June 7, 1896

addressee: Saint Vincent de Paul, upon request