August 15, 1892.
MY DEAR LITTLE SISTER, -- To write to you to-day I am obliged to steal a little time from Our Lord. He will forgive, because it is of Him that we are going to speak together. The vast solitudes and enchanting views which unfold themselves before you ought to uplift your soul. I do not see those things, and I content myself by saying with St. John of the Cross in his Spiritual Canticle:
In Christ I have the mountains, The quiet, wooded valleys.
Lately I have been thinking what I could undertake for the salvation of souls, and these simple words of the Gospel have given me light. Pointing to the fields of ripe corn, Jesus once said to His disciples: |Lift up your eyes and see the fields, for they are already white with the harvest|; and again: |The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He send forth labourers.|
Here is a mystery indeed! Is not Jesus all-powerful? Do not creatures belong to Him who hade them? Why does He deign to say: |Pray ye the Lord of the harvest that He send forth labourers|? It is because His Love for us is so unsearchable, so tender, that He wishes us to share in all He does. The Creator of the Universe awaits the prayer of a poor little soul to save a multitude of other souls, ransomed, like her, at the price of His Blood.
Our vocation is not to go forth and reap in Our Father's fields. Jesus does not say to us: |Look down and reap the harvest.| Our mission is even more sublime. |Lift up your eyes and see,| saith our Divine Master, |see how in Heaven there are empty thrones. It is for you to fill them. . . . You are as Moses praying on the mountain, so ask Me for labourers and they shall be sent. I only await a prayer, a sigh! Is not the apostolate of prayer -- so to speak -- higher than that of the spoken word? It is for us by prayer to train workers who will spread the glad tidings of the Gospel and who will save countless souls -- the souls to whom we shall be the spiritual Mothers. What, then, have we to envy in the Priests of the Lord?