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From Céline to sr Agnes of Jesus and sr Marie of the Sacred Heart - November 28 , 1887. Fragment.

From Céline to Agnes of Jesus and Marie of the Sacred Heart. (Extracts.)

November 28. 1887   

Monday, November 28, 1887

Dear little Sisters,

I really need to rest this evening, but I cannot resist the pleasure of sending you a short note. It's the first in France. France! Oh! I am so happy to see it again....

Dear little sisters, it is not to talk about this that I come this evening, but rather to thank you for your nice letters. Papa is delighted and they were our consolation. Since I wrote you, M. Révérony has not spoken to us about all that happened. All seems to be asleep. All is at rest. Jesus is sleeping for a long time! He is allowing the boat to rock softly at the mercy of the waves, but we don't see the port coming into view. I would like to wake Him up a little bit to remind Him that the hour is getting late and we are cold....

Thérèse and I have thought that M. Révérony, intelligent as he is, had perhaps said all this just to oblige, just to please, and we have noticed that he is always in agreement with everybody; he says one thing with some and another thing with others. What can he be held to? The other day, Thérèse by accident found her­self in the same carriage as himself with several handsome gen­tlemen who never leave him; at the end of the trip, they all gave twenty-five cents to the coachman. Thérèse took out her purse, but M. Révérony gave a fifty-cent piece, saying to Thérèse: "We have an account to settle together." That is what we know. It seems to us that it would be a mistake for Thérèse to go and speak to him; moreover, there is never an opportunity, numerous friends are around him all the time. And for a matter so serious, this would be begging, seeking favor, and this would do more evil in our opinion. There is only one thing to do and this is to let little Jesus wake up by Himself; "even in sleep, He is never sleeping."

Adieu, dear little sisters. Au revoir, and see you soon. Thérèse would have liked to write you at all costs, but I forbade her. Her sentiments are mine, and what good is it to fatigue ourselves writ­ing them twice? She would have liked to send a short note also to dear Aunt. She was very happy with her nice letter.

Kiss our dear Mother for us.

We arrive on Thursday at midnight at Paris. Being very eager to see all of you again, we shall probably not stay at Paris, and we are counting on taking the 11:45 train which will bring us into Lisieux around 4:30 on Friday. If you don't receive any other let­ters or telegrams, it is because nothing has changed. It is under­stood that we shall stop at the Carmel immediately.

We kiss everybody.

Céline

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