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LT 127 - To Céline

LT 127

April 26, 1891

From Thérèse to Céline.

J.M.J.T.

Jesus

Carmel, April 26, '91

Dear Céline,

For the fourth time Thérèse is coming from the solitude of Carmel to wish you a happy birthday.... Oh! how these wishes little resem­ble those of the world,... It is not health, happiness, fortune, glory, etc., that Thérèse desires for her Céline; oh, no, it is exile; our heart is there where our treasure is, and our treasure is up above in the homeland where Jesus prepares a place near Himself. I say one place and not places, for no doubt the same throne is reserved to those who on earth have always been only one soul.... Together we grew up; together Jesus instructed us in His secrets, sublime secrets that He hides from the mighty and reveals to the little ones; together we suffered at Rome. Our hearts were closely united then, and life on earth might have been the ideal of happiness if Jesus had not come to make our bonds even tighter. Yes, by separating us, He has united us in a way unknown up to that time to my soul, for since that moment I can desire nothing for myself alone but for us both.... Ah, Céline!... Three years ago our souls had not yet been broken; happiness was still possible for us on earth, but Jesus cast a glance of love on us, a glance veiled in tears, and this glance has become for us an ocean of suffering, but also an ocean of graces and love. He took from us the one whom we loved with so much tenderness, in a way still more painful than when He had taken from us our dear Mother in the springtime of our life. But was it not so that we could truly say' "Our Father, who art in heaven"? Oh! how con­soling are these words, what infinite horizons they open to our eyes.... Céline, the foreign land has for us only wild plants and thorns, but is this not the portion it has given to our divine Spouse? Oh! how beautiful for us too is this portion that is ours, and who will tell us what eternity reserves for us?... Dear Céline, you who used to ask me so many questions when we were little, I wonder how it happened that you had never asked me this question: "Why did God not create me an angel?" Ah, Céline, I shall tell you what I think. If Jesus did not create you an angel in heaven, it is because He wants you to be an angel on earth; yes, Jesus wants to have His heavenly court here below just as up above! He wants angel-martyrs, He wants angel-apostles, and He has created a little unknown flower, who is named Céline, with this intention in mind. He wills that His little flower save souls for Him; for this, He wills only one thing: that His flower look at Him while suffering her martyrdom. ... And it is this mysterious look exchanged between Jesus and His little flower that will effect marvels and will give Jesus a multitude of other flowers (above all, a certain Lily faded and withered, which He will have to change into a rose of love and repentance!).. .

Dear Céline, do not be vexed if I tell you that up above we would have the same place, for, do you not see, I think that a poor little daisy can really grow in the same soil as a beautiful lily dazzling in its whiteness, or, again, a little pearl can be mounted by the side of a diamond and borrow its brilliance from it!...

Oh! Céline, let us love Jesus to infinity, and from our two hearts let us make only one so that it may be greater in love!...

Céline, I shall never come to an end with you; understand all I would like to tell you for your twenty-two years!...

Your little sister who is only one with you.. ..

(Do you know that we two are now forty years old. It is not sur­prising that we have already experienced so many things. What do you think of that?)

Thérèse of the Child of Jesus of the Holy Face nov. carm. ind.

 

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