From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - June 25, 1925

From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - June 25, 1925             

Jesus + Carmel of Lisieux 25th June 1925

Darling little sister,

You must be wondering why I haven’t yet replied to your letter. I was waiting for someone to go to Caen, but seeing as no one is, I don’t want to wait any longer. Firstly I thank you for your divine feast day bouquet, nothing could please me more.

1stly – Your can thank the Prior for his fine book as it is excellent but don’t mention the picture because it is indeed dreadful. They are going to be obliged to remove their painting from their church, because nobody likes it. One wonders how they could ever let someone paint such a thing!

2ndly – We have a pair of white turtledoves. When there are little ones, we’ll send you some, but we must first serve our Chaplain (Fr Germain) as he brought them back from Rome in the tiny gold cage that was offered during the Holy Father’s Mass.

3rdly – We’re sending you a relic for the nun from Chartres.

4thly – On 8th July, the Bishop of Troyes will ask you to the visiting room. He is insistent on seeing you. Ask your dearest Mother if she would mind accompanying you.

5thly – In my last letter I completely forgot to tell you that I thought the poem written by the nun in the Parisian monastery was very good. I remember Mrs Poitou perfectly, but I can’t remember her daughter.

Poor little sister, what are you going to think of me! That I’m growing old! That I’m repeating myself! That I can’t follow things any more. It’s true. Here was I thinking I could quickly send this letter off and answer all your questions and I was forgetting that it will soon be 2nd July and the 25th anniversary of your profession!!!

Ah! Now it’s my turn to send you all my wishes and congratulate you or rather congratulate Jesus, your divine Spouse, because it is also His silver anniversary of marriage to our little sister. Together with the Blessed Virgin, we can sing, “The Lord has seen the lowliness of his handmaiden. Henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”

Is there a greater happiness or greater honour than belonging to Our Lord, or than having been chosen by Him to become His Bride? He will bestow His virtues and merits onto his Bride, and her poverty will be buried under his divine munificence.

Dear little sister, only in heaven will we understand how much he has loved us!

Farewell darling little sister. I send you fond kisses. I will take Holy Communion for you on 2nd July and Mass will be said for you at the Carmel.

Your eldest sister

Sr Marie of the S. Heart


Our Mother is waiting for the Martyrological formula and the Bull as well as the Office, as it isn’t yet ready. She will send it to you as soon as she receives it.

Remember me to your dear Mothers.