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"A time to Laugh", with Saint Therese of Lisieux

"This sister who made life such a tug-of-war for me; I tried to do her every good turn I possibly could. When I felt tempted to take her down with an unkind retort, I would put on my best smile instead, and try to change the subject. Once at recreation she actually said, beaming, beaming all over, something like this: “I wish you would tell me, Sister Therese of the Child Jesus, what it is about me that gets the right side of you? You’ve always got a smile for me whenever I see you.” Well, of course, what really attracted me about her was Jesus hidden in the depths of her soul; Jesus makes the bitterest mouthful taste sweet. I could only say that the sight of her always made me smile with pleasure–naturally I didn’t explain that the pleasure was entirely spiritual"


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