From Mother Agnes of Jesus to Sr Françoise-Therese (Leonie) – November 22, 1925

From Mother Agnes of Jesus to Sr Françoise-Therese (Leonie) – November 22, 1925


Jesus +                                                             Carmel of Lisieux 22nd November 1925

Beloved little sister,

 I assure you, I have no feast days in November. Well, I benefit from your prayers and Communions, so I am very glad that you were mistaken and I thank you.

The letter that was enclosed with yours certainly made us laugh! Do you know what people are saying about me? That I left for another convent to escape the avalanche of pilgrims!

Meanwhile, we remain in the nest of our profession, looking to heaven for signs of Thérèse coming down to tell us that it is time for us to join her up above! Oh, what a fine day that will be! Is it possible that we shall see that day, and that it will be followed by a never-ending day?

Let us be patient, our appointment is imminent! Cardinal Vico wrote to me saying that he was pleased with what he read in the Annals about his visit to the Visitation. He has fond memories of it.

It is written in Latin on the stem of the golden rose that the rose was blessed by Pope Pius IX and placed in our saint’s hands on 30th September 1925 by Cardinal Vico.

It is not the traditional golden rose. The Pope was unable to bestow it on her because this year is the Queen of Belgium’s 25th wedding anniversary and he gave it to her. And there cannot be more than one traditional golden rose per year. It is also a different shape to our one; it is more of a branch and in a silver vase. We wouldn’t have known what to do with such a gift. In any case, the presentation of our rose was an unforgettable moment. Sr M. of the H. Spirit is going to do a small painting of it and offer it to me for my feast day. You shall see it.

Goodbye, beloved little sister. I am always with you in thought.

Sr Agnes of Jesus


Give my respectful and affectionate regards to those around you.

I will be given the text from the “Papal Bull” in Latin and French for my feast day. It will be on a de luxe plaque worth 8 frs, and I in turn will give it to you. It will be put on sale at the same time.

Does your hand still shake when you write?

Your retreat resolution is very practical, darling little sister.

Your dear Sr Marguerite-Marie is so fortunate to have faithfully answered heaven’s knock! We shall do the same one day!