J.M.+ J.T. Carmel of Lisieux
October 9, 1903
My dear little Sister,
You will be receiving, at the same time as this letter, I think, some mementos of our beloved little sister in heaven.1 I thank you for the money order.
Pray well, my little Sister, for the cousin of Thérèse, Sr. Marie of the Eucharist;2 she is very ill at this time. It was something which we kept private. I will place it in the hands of the good Lord with submission, no doubt, but also with anguish. Marie Guérin is the little solitaire of whom our angel speaks in her childhood3.
As for the catalogue of French books, I do not know, my little Sister, which one to indicate to you. You could address yourself to the St. Paul Bookstore in Paris, 6 Rue Cassette. There also, you will find the life of Théophane Vénard.4
I think that one of my letters must have been lost because I already gave you this information.
My good and dear little Sister, I ask that you mention me in you prayers and I promise you on my side to talk to Jesus and to Thérèse about you. I wish you to become like her, like this sweet child, a little rose of love and heavenly confidence, perpetually scattered and showered for the pleasure of the Heavenly Spouse.
I embrace and kiss you in His sight, my dear little child. My respectful affection to your Reverend Mother.
Sr. Agnes of Jesus, r.c.i.
1 These were rose petals that were touched to the grave of Sr. Thérèse.
2 See letter 1, page 1, note 3. Sr. Marie was suffering from tuberculosis (the same disease from which Sr. Thérèse had died); she would die in 1905.
3 Story of a Soul, page 54-5.
4 St. Théophane Vénard, a priest of the Paris Foreign Missionary Society, was martyred in what is present-day Vietnam in the mid-nineteenth century. Sr. Thérèse developed a great devotion to him, particularly during her last illness. He was canonized in 1990.
1 Céline (1868-1959), blood-sister of Sr. Thérèse, entered the Carmel of Lisieux in 1894. She was also one of the Thérèse=s novices. It is to her that we owe the many photographs still preserved of the Saint. She used her artistic talents to spread devotion to her sister through the many portraits she painted of her. She gave one of the most lengthy and important testimonies at the Process in 1910.
2 This picture depicts the audience of November, 1887, when Thérèse petitioned Pope Leo XIII for permission to enter Carmel at the age of fifteen.
3 The next edition of the Story of a Soul.