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From sr Agnès of Jesus to Céline - February-March (?) 1891.

From sr Agnès of Jesus to Céline - February-March (?) 1891.

My darling petit Célin1,
By sending you the scourge, our Mother is afraid of giving you palpitations that might worsen your condition... She also fears that Uncle will notice it, and that would create a big fuss. He would rightly find that it is a funny cure and that at the Carmel we have strange ideas.
[1 v°] As I thought I was depriving you of a little pleasure, I insisted but understood that it would perhaps not be prudent… Well, little Céline, you have the best scourge or rather don’t have it. Jesus is keeping yours but the blows inflicted by his divine hand are gentle at the same time as they are strong and of a [2 r°] violence that seems extreme. Your heart, my petit Célin, is Jesus’ target; he is directing all his arrows there.
But just as a stone struck hard produces sparks, so will your broken heart become a flame. Yes, you can say this lovely verse from the psalms: “Lord, your rod and your staff comfort me (Ps 22:4)!” [2 v°] They comfort me because I know you only hit with extreme severity those whom you love with an extreme love…
Céline...I love you. Ah! may Jesus hurt your heart more and more: the wounds he inflicts are so sweet!
May we die from this wound!
All I do is think of you. To me it seems [2 v° tv] you are so close to Jesus! so loved by him, and so protected by Him!
Sr. Agnès of Jesus

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