the Carmel
Therese's correspondence LT 245 – To Agnès of Jesus, Marie of the Sacred Heart and Geneviève – June (?) 1897

MARTIN Thérèse, Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus
MARTIN Céline, Sister Geneviève of the Holy Face
MARTIN Marie, Sister Marie of the Sacred Heart
MARTIN Pauline, Mother Agnes of Jesus


June (?) 1897 
at the top :
Weep not over me, for I am in Heaven with the Lamb and the Sacred Virgins!...

downstairs :
I see what I believed I possess what I hoped for I am united to Him whom I loved with all my power to love.

on each side :
The smallest movement of pure Love is more useful to the Church than all the other works put together! It is therefore of the utmost importance that the soul practice a lot in Love so that, quickly consuming itself, it hardly stops here below and quickly comes to see its God Face to Face.
(St John of the Cross)

I find nothing on earth that makes me happy; my heart is too big, nothing that is called happiness can satisfy it. My thoughts take flight towards Eternity, time is about to end!... my heart is peaceful like a calm lake or a serene sky; I do not regret the life of this world, my heart thirsts for the waters of eternal life!... A little longer and my soul will leave the earth, end its exile, end its fight... I am going up to Heaven.. I touch the homeland, I win the victory!... I will enter the abode of the elect, see beauties that the eye of man has never seen, hear harmonies that the ear has never heard. never heard, to enjoy joys that the heart has never tasted... Here I am at that hour that each of us has so desired!... It is very true that the Lord chooses the little ones to confound the great of this world... I do not lean on my own strength but on the strength of Him who on the Cross defeated the powers of hell. I am a spring flower that the master of the garden picks for his pleasure... We are all flowers planted on this earth and that God picks in their time, a little earlier, a little later... Me little ephemeral I I'm going first! One day we will meet again in Paradise and we will enjoy true happiness!...

(Therese of the Child Jesus borrowing the thoughts of the angelic Martyr Théophane Vénard.)

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