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Therese's correspondence LT 101 – To Celine – December 31, 1889

MARTIN Thérèse, Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus
MARTIN Céline, Sister Geneviève of the Holy Face



  December 31, 89.

My dear Celine,

It is you who have my last farewell for this year!... In a few hours it will be gone forever... it will be in eternity!...
                Since my Céline is in her sleep, it's up to me to go find her to wish her a happy new year...
                Do you remember in the past?... The year that has just passed has been good, yes it has been precious for heaven, may the one that will follow resemble it!...
                Céline, I'm not surprised to see you in bed after such a year, at the end of a day like this there's plenty to rest!... Do you understand?... Maybe the he year that is about to begin will be the last!!! ah! let's take advantage, let's take advantage of the shortest moments, do like the misers, let's be jealous of the smallest things for the Beloved!... Our New Year's Day is very sad this year... it's a heart full of memories that I am going to watch until midnight... I remember everything... now we are orphans, but we can say with love "Our Father who art in Heaven". Yes, we still have the only everything of our souls left!...
                Another year gone! Celine! it is gone, gone, it will never come back; as this year has passed our life will also pass and soon we will say: "It has passed", let's not waste our time, soon eternity will shine for us!... Céline, if you want, let's convert souls, we must this year we have many priests who know how to love Jesus!... who touch him with the same delicacy as Mary touched him in her cradle!...

Your little Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face nov.carm.ind.

                I also wish a happy new year to Lolo but I really believe that I will see her!... Thank my uncle and my aunt very much, tell them that I am very touched by all their gifts, also thank Jeanne and Marie very much, they are really too nice. 

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