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From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to Céline - October 20, 1892.

From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to Céline - October 20, 1892. 

Dear little Céline

I need plenty of goodwill to write to you because I barely have five minutes. We have been washing all day and this evening, while my sisters were writing to you, I was darning a pair of alpargates for tomorrow. This proves, dear little sister, that everything in this life is a battle and a continual effort, and that we won’t have rest until we’re in heaven. Earth is only given to us that we might fight and suffer. Ah, how unfortunate it is to understand this so well and yet pull faces whenever at work. This remark is aimed at myself because, you see, my petit Célin1, I deplore my weakness every day. And [v°] now for your feast day here am I making my confession to you, what do you think about that?... Ah! pray hard for me so that I may respond to God’s graces better. And he has showered so many of them upon us!... We can’t say “Enfants de la même chaumière, nous n'avions pour abri que l'églantier fleuri” (quotation from a song by de Latour: “Children from the same cottage, we had nought for shelter but the wild rose in bloom”). For Jesus opened up us his heart to us and hid us under the tree that is his cross!... Here below, nobody seeks the flowers from this tree, for they are the flowers of suffering and humiliation, but up above, they will take on another form and their perfume will no longer be the same.

Blessed is the soul who, in this world, gathers the smallest of flowers from this precious tree…

See you soon, dear little Céline, make plenty of provisions in this life; amass treasures there where nobody can steal them from us.

I send you lots of love

Your little sister

M. of the S. Heart

1 Term of endearment.

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