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A boy’s letter to Jesus written 82 years ago, found by chance

Carta de menino para Jesus

Laura Cry | Facebook

Francisco Veneto - published on 08/09/21

More than 80 years after a little boy wrote to Jesus, his letter was rediscovered and is moving many hearts.

A letter from a little boy to Jesus, written 82 years ago at the beginning of World War II, was recently found in the bottom of a drawer of a piece of furniture in France.

It was December 17, 1939. Little Pierre, from the town of Mazamet in Tarn (southern France), wrote:

Dear little Jesus, to prepare me for my first communion, I ask you not to bring me toys this year; I want to make this sacrifice to thank you and ask you to take care of Daddy, and to end the war soon so that he will no longer be forced to go far away where fighting is going on.

After 82 years, the letter, forgotten inside an old bedside table, was found by another family in the region. Touched by the child’s faith, they decided to look for its author.

Laura, the daughter of the new owners of the house, turned to social media to find Pierre and return his letter addressed to Jesus to him. She wrote,

“We found a small treasure hidden in an old piece of furniture in the house. We would like to find the owner or a member of his family to give him this very touching note.”

The boy’s letter to Jesus

According to a report on the French Catholic website Famille Chretienne, Laura had little information to help her find the writer. All she knew was the date and place of the letter, as well as the first name of the boy who had written it, Pierre, and of his brother, Joseph, because Pierre mentioned him in the letter.

Before appealing to social media, the family sought out the previous owner of the house to try to find out who had owned that furniture. They also sought information from the diocese and the town school, but without success.

That’s when Laura took her search to Facebook. Her message was shared more than 7,000 times. A few days later she got in touch with Pierre’s daughter.

Laura then learned that Pierre was 7 years old when he wrote the letter. He still lives in Mazamet, but has few memories of that far-off time. Nevertheless, the family has found several other documents that show that he is the author of the message, including the records of his first communion and his confirmation.

The sensitivity of soul with which the children were prepared for their First Holy Communion is striking. In fact, Pierre also had written, “Little Jesus, I await You! Bless all those whom I love.”

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