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LT 135 - To Céline - August 15, 1892

 

 

LT 135 From Thérèse to Céline.

 

August 15, 1892

J.M.J.T.

Jesus                                                              August 15, 1892

Dear Céline,

I cannot allow the letter to leave without joining a note to it. For this, I must steal a few moments from Jesus, but He does not hold it against me, for it is about Him that we speak together, without Him no discourse has any charms for our hearts... Céline, the vast solitudes, the enchanting horizons opening up before you must be speaking volumes to your soul? I myself see nothing of all that, but I say with Saint John of the Cross: "My Beloved is the moun­tains, and lonely, wooded valleys, etc." And this Beloved instructs my soul, He speaks to it in silence, in darkness.... Recently, there came a thought to me which I have to tell my Céline. It was one day when I was thinking of what I could do to save souls, a word of the gospel gave me a real light. In days gone by, Jesus said to His disciples when showing them the fields of ripe corn: "Lift up your eyes and see how the fields are already white enough to be harvested," and a little later: "In truth, the harvest is abundant but the number of laborers is small, ask then the master of the harvest to send laborers." What a mystery!... Is not Jesus all-powerful? Are not creatures His who made them? Why, then, does Jesus say: "Ask the Lord of the harvest that he send some workers"? Why?... Ah! it is because Jesus has so incomprehensible a love for us that He wills that we have a share with Him in the salvation of souls. He wills to do nothing without us. The Creator of the universe awaits the prayer of a poor little soul to save other souls redeemed like it at the price of all His Blood. Our own vocation is not to go out to harvest the fields of ripe corn. Jesus does not say to us: "Lower your eyes, look at the fields and go harvest them." Our mission is still more sublime. These are the words of our Jesus: "Lift your eyes and see." See how in my heaven there are empty places; it is up to you to fill them, you are my Moses praying on the mountain, ask me for workers and I shall send them, I await only a prayer, a sigh from your heart!...

Is not the apostolate of prayer, so to speak, more elevated than that of the word? Our mission as Carmelites is to form evangelical workers who will save thousands of souls whose mothers we shall be.... Céline, if these were not the very words of our Jesus, who would dare to believe in them?... I find that our share is really beautiful, what have we to envy in priests?... How I would like to be able to tell you all I am thinking, but time is lacking, under­stand all I could write you!...

On the feast day of Jeanne, wish her a happy feast for us with a httle bouquet. The Rule does not permit us to do it, but tell her hat we shall be thinking even more of her. Kiss everybody for me, and tell them all the nicest things you can think of. If you were to find some heather, I would be pleased.

Your little Thérèse of the Child Jesus rel. carm. ind.

 

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