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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - November 1, 1914

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - November 1, 1914

1st November 1914. Feast of all Saints

Dearly beloved little sisters,

We are nearer to heaven than earth today, are we not? Particularly after a retreat, we see everything that happens as stepping-stones towards our true Homeland.

Yes, darling little Mamma, I think I had a very good retreat and my resolution is to always try to imitate our angelic little sister more closely. Her holiness corresponds so well to all my soul’s aspirations. Yes, yes, I want to love Jesus as she loved Him, because I believe that it’s impossible to love Him more. It’s so sweet to be able to please Jesus! And we do this by strewing flowers where he walks . . . .

Is there a more kindly or amicable way of practicing the hundreds of virtues that present themselves every single day? Because life is but a tapestry of sacrifices. One of Thérèse’s thoughts that I particularly relish is this one: “I thought contempt was still too glorious for me, so I developed a passion for neglect.” Does this not show she reached the very pinnacle of humility? I think so. And yet this must be, in my humble judgment, what consummate sainthood is. You see, little sisters, our Thérèse is my ideal.

With the next Process coming, the thought that I might be obliged to return to Bayeux frightens me. – You see, little Mamma, I’m not at all keen to see our little sister beatified from on earth, because it’s such an honour that all others pale in comparison. I’m too weak, it would make me feel giddy. So I hope I’ll be safely sheltered away in blissful eternity.

Since kind and devoted Fr Duboscq should be coming to the Visitation next week to lead the priests’ retreat, would you tell him that I would be happy for him to explain to me what I’ll have to do for the next Process.