From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 20, 1925

From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 20, 1925             

Jesus + Carmel of Lisieux 20th October 1925

Darling little sister,

I don’t need to tell you how pleased we were with your letters. You had the added task of writing all those interesting details down again. It is a credit to you and a great joy for us to see that we lost nothing. What pretty photographs of the statue! It is so well placed in the middle of the avenue of trees. It’s the most delightful and dreamy spot possible. The little flowerbed is so artistically arranged! Mr Ménage said that it was the loveliest position in the garden. It looks as though the alley goes on forever. To hold the soil around your little borders so that they remain well outlined, you should plant some box. We tried everything in the inner courtyard, and only box worked. We have it pruned every year in the spring, which makes it look neat. What a graceful poem your dear Mother Prioress wrote! It was all delightful.

What I would like is a photograph taken of the back of the statue, as it would give us an idea of where she strews her flowers, I mean of the distance between the statue and that of the Sacred Heart.

I have just seen Mrs Guérard. She is hoping to go to Caen tomorrow and will ask to see you.

All the visits are over, and we are so happy to return to our solitude. Sr Geneviève is currently tidying away the baskets of artificial flowers that she placed by the large Reliquary. What trouble they caused her! Fortunately we work for God; otherwise our courage would often fail us.

Farewell, darling little sister. I will leave you now because someone has come to fetch my letter. I send you my love and fond kisses. Remember me to your two dearest Mothers.

We were very sorry about your beloved Mother Prioress’ lost letter!

Your eldest sister

Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart


P.S. Several letters addressed to our Sisters were stolen at the same time as yours. Our Mother has made strong complaints at the post office.