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From Mother Agnes of Jesus to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 16, 1906

From Mother Agnes of Jesus to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - April 16, 1906

J.M.J.T.

Jesus+                                                                      Carmel of Lisieux 16th April 1906

Darling little sister,

We would have liked this letter to arrive first thing on Easter Day, but you could no doubt tell that we were be with you in Heart, because God can reunite us in many ways. You remember how He managed three years ago! When I think of it, I feel overwhelmed with gratitude. And I often think of the delightful day that I spent at the Visitation convent with my darling little sister, whom I love more and more, and her holy Mothers! What a wonderful memory! Yet I don’t want memories any more, I want heaven, where our joy will be ever-present and ever-renewed. Well, it’s approaching. We’ll soon celebrate the eternal Easter, the feast of which we have merely a foretaste here below. In the meantime, beloved little sister, we’ll do what we used to do on Easter Monday when the weather was fine. Do you remember going to La Lorgaine to pick daffodils and cowslips under the beautiful blue sky . . . in the bright spring sunshine? Yes, we’ll pick flowers under the sun of love, generosity and trust, and like Thérèse, we’ll sow them where Jesus’ feet pass. If you like, we can make them into balls, like we used to make cowslip balls, and throw them to souls, drawing them to Jesus with the perfume of our virtues, and He will save them.

Ah, darling little sister, I might have brought back painful memories for you, because you suffered sorely, even on our childhood walks. Well, you will only be stronger as a result, able to joyfully pick the flowers of your sacrifices and exchange them for souls.

I send you my love, much beloved little sister. Tell your revered Mothers that I’m always delighted to feel united in prayer with them. As for you, darling little sister, once again, I press you to my heart and lovingly entrust you to Jesus.

Your little mother and sister

Sr Agnes of Jesus

u.c.n.