From Mother Agnes of Jesus to Sr Françoise-Therese (Leonie) – October 21, 1925

From Mother Agnes of Jesus to Sr Françoise-Therese (Leonie) – October 21, 1925


Jesus +                                                                  Carmel of Lisieux 21st October 1925

Beloved little sister,

Your letter is very interesting, believe me, and brought us immense pleasure. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see anything in the Annals about Cardinal Vico’s visit this time. We didn’t want to talk about S. Eudes because the Cardinal told me that he was going to Caen to see you and would take the opportunity to deal with S. Eudes. This was not what was said in La Semaine Religieuse [review] and La Croix newspaper; quite the opposite. This annoyed me because I like nothing but the truth.

So at the beginning of November the Annals will talk about the great event, that is to say, the Cardinal’s visit to the Visitation in order to see the Saint’s sister and to bless the statue.

Darling little sister, we’re taking down all our decorations and this brings me joy. It’s over! And yet it feels like everything is just beginning! I cannot shake this feeling and it comforts me as though it were a sweet and real perfume of heaven.

Goodbye again, favoured little sister and solitary little turtle dove, whose blessed cage is a few hours away from us!

We joined in your prayers for your Former Mother Superior’s feast days. Tell her that I have edifying and fond memories of her. I will be glad to see her again in heaven.

Your little sister and Mamma

Sr Agnes of Jesus


Remember me to your Most Honoured Mother Superior. The verses are delightful. The Cardinal’s visit exceeded my expectations! You certainly know how to do things! The flowerbed is exquisite! I couldn’t believe it when I saw the photograph, which was well taken, by the way. The statue stands out; it’s perfect. Sr Geneviève wanted to write to you but now she is so busy that it’s impossible for her. She sends you all her love. I’m delighted with what you obtained for your Saint Margaret Mary (Her Office extended to the universal Church).

I did not want to seem uncharitable towards Miss M., but after having trusted her greatly, I had to face reality. Alas! We must pray for her; that’s all I can say. She is not responsible, because she would be guilty otherwise. She’s a very, very dangerous person. Sooner or later her undertaking will crumble. It’s inevitable when God is not at its base.