Lord, open to me the holy house that your love has prepared for me. Turgis.jpg
Note: The word bercail means sheepfold, so the meaning is perhaps more intimate, more like home than house; it is referring of course to the church, the Body of Christ. Also there is a small printing error in the card ~ ma should have been m'a.
I love the card because it recalls the promises in John 10that Jesus is both the shepherd and the door. He is the true shepherd to whom the doorkeeper opens the door (John 10:3). He is also the door itself (John 10:9).
Refuge of the dove. I wish to hide you in my Heart, faithful soul, my good friend. L. Turgis, Paris
God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
THE CARESSES OF JESUS - Love and keep for a friend the one who does not leave you when all abandon you. Bouasse Lebel 1015
THE TRUE FRIEND
A faithful friend is a rich treasure. What, then, when that friend is God? Bouasse Lebel, Paris 1138
I belong to Jesus. L. Turgis, Paris Pl. 1000
If you are at peace in your conscience,
you will be at peace with Jesus. Bouasse Lebel 3346
Heart of Jesus Attraction of hearts. Bouasse Lebel
...I am the friend of purity...I am He who gives all comfort and all holiness...I seek a pure heart and make it the place of my repose... Ch. Letaille, dir. pl. 17 E. Boumard,edit. Paris
O, my Jesus, I want to console you, to love you, for all the hearts that afflict you, that do not love you. Bonamy
Spiritual Marriage That they may be one.John 17:21 Bonamy edit. Pontifical, Poitiers
JESUS IS MY ONLY LOVE.
To repose on your Heart, O Jesus, is all my happiness. Mon Viv. Bouasse Lebel 529
Blessed is he who understands what it is to love Jesus. He does much who loves much. ~Imitation of Christ Come to Me, I love the pure and loving heart. Dopter, Paris Pl. 405
JESUS SPOUSE OF OUR SOULS
I search for a pure heart, and there I take My rest.
It is in the milieu of the lilies of innocence in which God forms the most noble alliance. Letaille
Close the door of all your senses by deep meditation and live, my daughter, in this place as if there was nothing but God. handpainted 18th cent. Belgium
I consecrate my life to You.
hand colored print, early nineteenth century.
Printer: In Caen, Chez Picard