LT 65 - To Céline

LT 65                  From Thérèse to Céline.

October 20, 1888


Carmel, October 20. '88

Jesus +

My dear Céline,

Tomorrow, then, is your feast day. Oh! how I would like to be the first to wish you a happy feast; if this is not possible, at least I can do it in my heart. What do you want me to offer you for your feast? If I were to listen to myself, I would ask Jesus to send me all the sorrows, all the sadness, all the annoyances in the life of my dear Céline, but, you see, I am not listening to myself, for I would fear that Jesus may say to me that I am an egoist. I would be want­ing Him to give me all there is of the best without leaving a little for His little fiancée whom He loves so much. It is to prove her love for Him that He is making her feel the separation, so I can't ask this from Jesus. And, then, He is so rich, so rich, that He has much with which to enrich both of us....

When I think that if God were to give us the entire universe with all its treasures that this would not be comparable to the lightest suffering! What a grace when, in the morning, we feel no courage, no strength to practice virtue; that is the moment to put the axe to the root of the tree. Instead of wasting our time gathering a few baubles, we can dip into diamonds, and what a profit at the end of the day.... It is true that sometimes, for a few moments, we look with scorn at gathering our treasures, and this is the difficult moment. We are tempted to leave all behind, but in one act of love, even unfelt love, all is repaired, and Jesus smiles. He is helping us without seeming to do so, and the tears that the wicked make Him shed are dried by our poor and feeble love. Love can do all things, and the most difficult things don't appear difficult to it. Jesus does not look so much at the grandeur of actions or even their difficulty as at the love which goes to make up these actions. . . .

Some time ago, I found a saying which I find very beautiful, and here it is, it will please you, I believe: "Resignation is still distinct from God's will; there is in it the same difference as exists between union and unity. In union, we are still two; in unity, we are only one." Oh! yes, let us be only one with Jesus; let us despise all that passes away. Our thoughts must be drawn to heaven since the home of Jesus is there. I was thinking the other day that we should not attach ourselves to what is around us since we could be in another place other than where we are; our affections and our desires would not be the same. I can't explain my thought to you; I am too stupid for that, but when I see you, I will tell you about it.

Why have I told you all these things which you know much bet­ter than I? Pardon me. I had to have a little talk with you just like our talks of former times. But that time is not past; we are always the same soul, and our thoughts are always the same as they were at the windows of the belvedere ....

I take delight in the day when we shall celebrate in the heaven­ly city. Your little sister,

Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Oh! yes, it is very sad to think that Père Pichon is going to Canada, but Jesus remains for us!. . .


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