From Mother Agnes of Jesus to Sr Françoise-Therese (Leonie) – July 2, 1925

From Mother Agnes of Jesus to Sr Françoise-Therese (Leonie) – July 2, 1925


Jesus +                                                                       Carmel of Lisieux 2nd July 1925  

                 For the Silver Anniversary of our darling little sister’s Profession,

Beloved little sister,

The whole Community wants to celebrate your anniversary by taking Holy Communion for you on the 2nd and here are 100 frs for a little feast in the refectory. And here are also a few small gifts.

Beloved little sister, for 25 years your heart has been linked to Jesus by holy vows! Oh, what blessings you have received since your wedding day! You have no doubt remained weakness itself but on His side, Jesus has remained Strength itself. Therefore, if you lean on Him your weakness is all but obliterated and you are strong with His divine Strength. What a sweet and comforting truth!

What’s more, you are the sister of a mighty little saint! There can be nothing she won’t give you to help you complete your career as an exiled little spouse here below! She laid her hand on the entire book of your life to wipe clean any stained pages and make those where God’s divine grace triumphed shine in His eyes! And, beloved little sister, I assure you, your modest life makes for a lovely little book.

You must therefore sing without delay, on this your silver jubilee, the mercies that the Lord has shown you, for they are exceptional and sublime.

I smother you in kisses, beloved little sister.

Your little sister and Mamma

Sr Agnes of Jesus


The poem that was dedicated to you is most beautiful! Thank you for giving us such a pretty copy.

Give my religious and fraternal regards to your Mothers.

I’m sending you a photo of the prettiest decoration inside the monastery from the day of the Canonisation (on the Mother Prioress’ table in the refectory). At the end of the year, we shall fix it to a wall near our little saint’s cell.

The picture by Sr M. of the H.S. was my idea. I’m telling you this because it might interest you.

I haven’t written you a poem; I’m so busy, forgive me. Tell me you’re not upset.

I didn’t write one for the 25th anniversary of Sr M. of the S.H.’s profession either.