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Therese's correspondence LT 122 – To Celine – October 14, 1890

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




The 14 October 90

                My dear Celine,

                I don't want to let Marie's letter go without adding a little word for you. Our dear Mother allows me to come and pray with you... Céline, isn't that what we always do together?...
                Celine darling, it's always the same thing I have to tell you. Ah! let us pray for the priests, every day shows how rare the friends of Jesus are... It seems to me that this must be what should be more sensitive to him than ingratitude, especially to see the souls consecrated to him give to God. others the heart that belongs to him so absolutely... Céline, let's make our heart a little bed of delights where Jesus comes to rest... let's plant only lilies in our garden, yes lilies and let's not suffer from other flowers, because the others can be cultivated by others, but lilies, only the virgins can give them to Jesus...
                "Virginity is a deep silence of all the cares of the earth", not only of all the useless cares, but of all the cares... To be a virgin you must think only of the husband who does not suffer nothing around him that was not virgin "since he wanted to be born of a virgin mother, to have a virgin forerunner, a virgin tutor, a virgin favorite and finally a virgin tomb." He also wants a little virgin wife, his Céline!... It is still said that "everyone naturally loves his native land, and as the native land of Jesus is the virgin of virgins and that Jesus was born by the will of a Lys, he loves to find himself in virgin hearts. And your trip I seem to forget... no, my heart follows you there, I understand everything you feel... I understand everything!... Everything passes, the trip to Rome with its heartbreaks is over ... our former life is past... Death will also pass, and then we will enjoy life not for centuries, but millions of years will pass for us as one day and other millions of years will follow them, full of rest and bliss... Céline...
                Pray well to the Sacred Heart, you know, I don't see the Sacred Heart like everyone else, I think that my husband's heart is mine alone as mine is his alone and so I speak to him in the solitude of this delicious heart to heart while waiting to contemplate it face to face!...
                Don't forget your Thérèse over there, just murmur her name and Jesus will understand, so many graces are attached over there, especially for a heart that is suffering... I would like to write to Léonie but that is impossible, I don't I don't even have time to read me again, tell her how much I think of her, etc., etc., I'm sure the SC will grant her many favors, etc., etc., tell her everything, you understand ...

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