In order to live in one single act of perfect Love, I OFFER MYSELF AS A VICTIM OF HOLOCAUST TO YOUR MERCIFUL LOVE, asking you to consume me incessantly, allowing the waves of infinite tenderness shut up within you to overflow into my soul, and that thus I may become a martyr of your love, O my God!... May this martyrdom, after having prepared me to appear before you, finally cause me to die and may my soul take its flight without any delay into the eternal embrace of your merciful love. I want, Omy Beloved, at each beat of my heart to renew this offering to you an infinite number of times, until the shadows having disappeared I may be able to tell you of my love in an eternal face-to-face!... I offer myself to your merciful love Offering myself as a Holocaust Victim to the Merciful Love of the Good Lord On June 9, 1895, Thérèse was touched by the story of nuns who offered themselves as martyrs to divine justice, in order to divert upon themselves the punishments promised to the guilty. Thérèse says to herself that it is not to God's Justice that it is appropriate to offer oneself, but to his Mercy. And immediately, she composes her Act of offering to the Merciful Love. 128