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J.T.+ J.T.                                      August 8, 1906

 

 

Little Sister St. Stanislaus, beloved by my little Thérèse –

 

It seems that you are ill1.  That causes pain to your little mother of Lisieux.

 

Quickly, very quickly, may Thérèse bring you health2.

 

My dear little Sister and child, let us always live well-united in Jesus and let us not cease to abandon ourselves to Him.  Let us trust His Heart; this touches Him and so inclines Him to give us all that His Divine Heart contains.  Oh, then how rich we shall be!  How many roses to sprinkle over all the earth!

 

I embrace you, my little child, under this shower of roses3.  Care for yourself in order to live yet a long time here below in love and in sacrifice, and to better prepare your life of love without end.

 

Your “little mother”,

Sr. Agnes of Jesus, r.c.i.

 

P.S.

I have seen a photo album which has let me enter your monastery4 … it is Mlle Pauline5 who passed it on to me.  How charming she is, that little one!  The photos have really interested me.

 



1 Sr. Stanislaus suffered a great deal from poor health, even though at this time she was only 27.  She held the offices of Sub-prioress and Infirmarian in the Carmel of Philadelphia and took care of the Turn as well; spending herself so untiringly that at one time she tried to fulfill all her duties while running a temperature of 1031.

2 Recovering from her illness, Sr. Stanislaus remained in delicate health, but kept up her duties until her death in 1911.

3See Page 14, Note 1.

4 The Philadelphia community were at their second location since the Foundation in 1902: it was a simple house at 44th and Spruce Streets.  They remained there until they moved to their present location in 1910.

5 Pauline Wilcox, a benefactor of the Carmel of Philadelphia, visited Lisieux in 1906, and met Mother Agnes.  She commissioned the portrait of the Little Flower, painted by Sr. Genèvieve, in 1907, and donated it to the Carmel.