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Therese's correspondence LT 259 – To Sister Geneviève – July 22, 1897

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


July 22, 1897 - Feast of St. Madeleine
"Let the righteous crush me out of compassion for sinners, let the oil with which one perfumes the head not soften mine."

I can only be broken, tested by the righteous, since all my sisters are pleasing to God. It is less bitter to be broken by a sinner than by a righteous one, but out of compassion for sinners, to obtain their conversion, I ask you, O my God! to be broken for them by the righteous souls around me. I ask you again that the oil of praise so sweet to nature does not soften my head, that is to say my spirit, by making me believe that I possess virtues that I have hardly practiced for several time. O Jesus, your name is like a spilled oil, it is in this divine perfume that I want to bathe myself entirely, far from the gaze of creatures...

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