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Therese's correspondence LT 225 – To Sister Anne of the Sacred Heart – May 2, 1897

MARTIN Thérèse, Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus
Anne of the Sacred Heart


Jesus May 2. Feast of the Good Shepherd 1897
My dearest Sister,

You will no doubt be very surprised to receive a letter from me. In order for you to forgive me for coming to disturb the silence of your solitude, I am going to tell you how it is that I have the pleasure of writing to you. The last time I went out with our good Mother, we talked about you and the dear Carmel of Saigon. Our Mother told me that she allowed me to write to you if it gave me pleasure. It is with joy that I accepted this proposal and I take advantage of the license of the Good Shepherd to come and talk to you for a few moments.
I hope, my dear sister, that you have not forgotten me, for my part I often think of you, I remember with happiness the years that I spent in your company, and you know it, for a Carmelite , to think of a person you love is to pray for them. I ask the Good Lord to shower you with his graces and to increase his holy love in your hearts every day. I have no doubt, however, that you possess this love to an eminent degree. The blazing sun of Saigon is nothing compared to the fire that burns in your soul. O my sister! I beg you, ask Jesus that I too love him and make him loved; I would like to love Him not with an ordinary love but like the Saints who did follies for Him. Alas! how far I am from resembling them!...
Ask Jesus again that I always do his will, for that I am ready to cross the world... and I am also ready to die!
The silence will soon end, I have to finish my letter and I see that I haven't told you anything interesting yet, fortunately the letters from our Mothers are there to give you news of our Carmel. Our license was very short, but if you don't mind, I'll come and talk to you longer another time.
Please, my very dear Sister, offer my respectful and filial respect to your Reverend Mother, she does not know me, but I often hear about her from our good Mother, I love her and I pray Jesus to console her. in his trials.
I leave you, my dear Sister, remaining united to you in the heart of Jesus, there I am happy to say to myself forever:
Your little sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face rel.carm.ind.

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