Why Christmas in October? Well every day is Christmas, for every day Jesus is with us. But this is a verse from a play by St Thérèse, and this is her feast day. Happy Feast Day to all you Carmelites! We hope to have a Carmelite writing for the blog soon, just watch this space.
In this scene Thérèse has an angel speaking on behalf of baby Jesus, who cannot yet speak for himself. Jesus is begging for tenderness and praise from the sisters, as he is from us. May our indifference to him be burnt away by our growing love.
This post opens a short season on beggars.
For Jesus, the Exile from Heaven,
I have met in the world
Only a profound indifference
This is why I come to Carmel.
So that your tenderness
And your caresses
And your praises
Oh sisters of the angels!
Be for the Child.
Burn with love, delighted soul,
A God made Himself mortal for you.
Oh! touching mystery
The One who is begging from you
Is the Eternal Word!…
Read more of this English version of Thérèse’s play.