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Therese's correspondence LT 104 – To Sister Agnes of Jesus. (Fragments) – May 5-6, 1890

MARTIN Thérèse, Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus
MARTIN Pauline, Mother Agnes of Jesus


5-6-May 1890


                Thank you for your letter, ah! THANKS !...
                It does not surprise me that you have no consolation, because Jesus is so little consoled that he is happy to find a soul where he can rest without making ceremonies...
                How proud I am to be your sister! And also your little girl because it was you who taught me to love Jesus, to seek only Him.
                (...) and to despise all creatures...
                For Céline, I don't know any more than you, and even less, because I didn't know that she was suffering, except in (...) boring, first Céline spoke to us about this poor little Father, she noticed that it's
she us (...) of Jeanne. She also told us to pray a lot for Léonie, because she suffers from her illness and I think my uncle finds it dangerous, it's swollen all around.
                Céline spoke to us about this poor little Father, she noticed that it was Saturday, the day of the Invention of the Holy Cross that we too found our cross! Leonie was there. She hopes to be cured at the Holy Face or at Lourdes. She will go down into the pool. Poor Léonie, she was very kind and wanted to go without her visiting rooms to please Céline... Vespers having rung, I left. I don't know when they will be in Tours, but I believe that next week they will be in Lourdes. It is necessary to write Monday or Tuesday before midday, so that the letter arrives Saturday.
                Oh ! that the earth is exile!... There is no support to be sought outside of Jesus because He alone is immutable. What happiness to think that he cannot change... What joy for our hearts to think that our little family loves Jesus so tenderly; it is always my consolation; is not our family a virginal family, a family of lilies?... Ask Jesus that the smallest, that the last not be the last to love him with all his power to love!... .

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