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Therese's correspondence LT 077 – To Louis Martin – January 8, 1889

MARTIN Thérèse, Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus


Jesus January 8, 1889.
My matchless King,

If you knew how much I am touched by your kindness!... A melon!... champagne, oh! it would make me want to cry if I didn't hold myself back; but I restrain myself, and rejoice very much in the beautiful feast of Thursday.
Ordinarily the weddings of a Queen are celebrated with great rejoicings, this is undoubtedly why the Queen of France and Navarre will have a fireworks display... It is the King who pays for the Queen and he knows how to make surprises, the little blond cockchafer has only to thank!...
If Thursday, there will be a beautiful feast on earth, I think it will be even more magnificent in Heaven, the angels will be in admiration to see a Father so pleasing to God, and Jesus will prepare a crown, which he will add to all that my King has already gathered.
No, the festivals on earth are never as delightful as those in Heaven, yet it seems to me that it is impossible to find a feast more heavenly than the one that is being prepared. Yet I have done nothing to be worthy of such a great grace, but the good Lord was good enough to look at the merits of my dear Father, that is why he is granting me this signal favour.
I am now in retreat, and in retreat it is not allowed to write, but Our Mother has allowed me to send you this little note to thank you, you are so good for your Queen; and then, no doubt, if it is forbidden to write, it is so as not to disturb the silence of the retreat, but can one disturb one's peace by writing to a Saint?...
See you Thursday, my darling King, your little Queen kisses you from the heart until she can do it truly

The Queen of France and of all the Navarre

Therese of the Child Jesus post.carm.ind.

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