PN 45


1 There are some souls on earth
Who search in vain for happiness,
But for me, it's just the opposite.
Joy is in my heart.
This joy is not ephemeral.
I possess it forever.
Like the springtime rose,
It smiles at me every day.
2 Truly I'm so happy.
I always have my way....
How could I not be joyful
And not show my cheerfulness?
My joy is to love suffering.
I smile while shedding tears.
I accept with gratitude
The thorns mingled with the flowers.
3 When the blue Sky becomes somber
And begins to abandon me,
My joy is to stay in the shadow
To hide and humble myself.
My joy is the Holy Will
Of Jesus, my only love,
So I live without any fear.
I love the night as much as the day.
4 My joy is to stay little,
So when I fall on the way,
I can get up very quickly,
And Jesus takes me by the hand.
Then I cover him with caresses
And tell Him He's everything for me,
And I'm twice as tender
When He slips away from my faith.
5 If sometimes I shed tears,
My joy is to hide them well.
Oh! how many charms there are in suffering
When one knows how to hide it with flowers!
I truly want to suffer without saying so
That Jesus may be consoled.
My joy is to see him smile
When my heart is exiled...
6 My joy is to struggle unceasingly
To bring forth spiritual children.
It's with a heart burning with tenderness
That I keep saying to Jesus:
"For you, my Divine Little Brother,
I'm happy to suffer.
My only joy on earth
Is to be able to please you.
7 Lord, I'm willing to live a long time more
If that is your desire.
I'd like to follow you to Heaven
If that would make you happy.
Love, that fire from the Homeland,
Never ceases to consume me.
What do life and death matter to me?
Jesus, my joy, it's to love you!"

© Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars, Inc


My Joy !



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datation: January 21, 1897

addressee: Agnès de Jésus, upon request