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From Mother Agnes of Jesus to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 24, 1905

From Mother Agnes of Jesus to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 24, 1905

J.M.J.T.

Jesus+                                                                      Carmel of Lisieux 24th April 1905

Darling little sister,

I’m constantly thinking of you. Though you are far away, you are very present in our hearts, for we love you very dearly in Christ Jesus. Do thank your dear Mother for her affectionate condolences. Her note touched me deeply. Ah, little sister, if only you knew how much I’ve suffered! I am rather relieved now that I know my little Marie (1) is safe and sound. In the last days of her life, and last night in particular, when I didn’t leave her side, my heart was torn. She died a saintly death. It was absolutely heavenly. I haven’t seen to her circular yet; I haven’t had enough time. I was tired, beloved little sister, without a doubt, but I’m fine now. Don’t worry about me. As you know, Jesus gives a special grace to Mammas. This grace gives them great physical and moral strength, but suffering falls to them nevertheless.  

Little sister, time is passing. Soon we’ll go and join our heavenly family, whose ranks are swelling. In the meantime, let’s be generous in the daily struggles that we must fight and, like Marie, become worthy of dying a holy and blessed death, in order to become worthy of a blessed eternal life with our family. How wonderful that will be!

Darling little sister, I’m holding up the post. I’ll say goodbye now and I send you a fond kiss in the sight of Jesus.

Your little sister and mother

Agnes of Jesus

u.c.n. 

“Céline” is doing a drawing of Thérèse in death and it’s a real beauty. Thank God that it is true to life, for no one is satisfied with the one in the book. It depicts our little saint in the infirmary just after she died. She still has a smile on her lips.

We’ll send you a photo of little Marie in death. She was very pretty, too! The whole town came out to see her. She looked like a little angel.

There were so many people at her funeral that the chapel was too small to hold everyone. Our visiting rooms and sacristy were full. We’ve never seen the like, for any ceremony.

P.S. by Céline. Darling little sister, it’s impossible for me to write to you this time because I must finish my drawing of Thérèse. You’ll like it. We thought of you in our recent hardship. I send you a kiss and I love you with all my heart!

1. Sr Marie of the Eucharist (Marie Guérin) died on 14th April.