the Carmel
Therese's correspondence LT 257 – To Léonie – July 17, 1897

MARTIN Thérèse, Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus
MARTIN Léonie, Sister Françoise-Thérèse


July 17 1897    
My dear Leonie

I am very happy to still be able to talk to you, a few days ago I no longer thought I would have this consolation on earth but the good Lord seems to want to prolong my exile a little, I am not distressed because I do not would not like to enter Heaven a minute earlier by my own will. The only happiness on earth is to strive to always find delicious the part that Jesus gives us, yours is very beautiful, my dear little sister, if you want to be a saint it will be easy for you, since bottom of your heart the world is nothing for you. You can therefore, like us, take care of the "one thing necessary", that is to say that while giving yourself up with devotion to external works, your goal is unique: to please Jesus, to unite yourself more intimately with Him.
You want me to pray to the Sacred Heart for you in Heaven, be sure that I will not forget to do your errands to Him and to ask for everything you will need to become a great Saint.
A Dieu, my dear Sister, I would like the thought of my entry into Heaven to fill you with joy, since I will be able to love you even more.

Your little sister Th. of the Child Jesus

I'll write to you more at length another time, I can't now, baby needing to sleep. 

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