TWO CHRISTMAS “FIORETTI “
On Christmas Day, 1886 Paul Claudel, was overflowed by complete and sudden conversion, as he had just entered Notre Dame de Paris …
And little Thérèse de l’Enfant Jesus tells us how SHE – too -was converted on that same day : “A miracle on a small scale was needed to give me strength of character all at once, and God worked this long-desired miracle on Christmas Day, 1886..(…)
I knew that when we reached home after Midnight Mass I should find my shoes in the chimney-corner, filled with presents, just as when I was a little child, which proves that my sisters still treated me as a baby. Papa, too, liked to watch my enjoyment and hear my cries of delight ateach fresh surprise that came from the magic shoes, and his pleasure added to mine. But the time had come when Our Lord wished to free me from childhood’s failings, and even withdraw me from its innocent pleasures. On this occasion, instead of indulging me as he generally did, Papa seemed vexed, and on my way upstairs I heard him say: “Really all this is too babyish for a big girl like Thérèse, and I hope it is the last year it will happen.” His words cut me to the quick. Céline, knowing how sensitive I was, whispered: “Don’t go downstairs just yet—wait a little, you would cry too much if you looked at your presents before Papa.
But Thérèse was no longer the same—Jesus had changed her heart.”
(quoted from “Story of a soul” Chp.5)