From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - April 21, 1935

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - April 21, 1935

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 21st April 1935

Beloved little sisters,

I was very much looking forward to your letters because they always bring me comfort.

Alas! In the depths of my soul I am sad even as I sing Alleluia. How I longed to be in eternity by now, face to face with my Beloved. Yet since it is not His will, it is not mine either. It is what He does that I love above all else.

My poor human nature leaves me languishing, even while I deeply love God’s will.

My strength is returning gradually. I don’t think I’m as robust as I was before this illness. Our beloved Mother cossets me too much, always tightening the reins to stop me escaping, because I would like to observe the Rule again in its entirety and resume my little tasks. I haven’t done any duties for too long now. Otherwise I’m still linen room assistant, doing needlework.

I’m beginning to think that it is the Holy Father’s blessing keeping me on earth, so I beg of you, please don’t let the beloved Pontiff know when I’m sick in the future.

We thank you, darling little Mamma, for the lovely photo and pictures of Jesus Crucified and of Thérèse that you sent to the Catholic Institute in Paris. Thank you also for those of the Florentine Lily. No anniversary of yours goes unnoticed in my heart, as you know. Therefore the sixth and twenty-eighth April naturally and spiritually bring me closer to you as I take Communions for your intentions.

Did his Eminence the Cardinal of Paris come to see you during your retreat? I knew that our dear and kind Mother had written to you mid Lent, not wanting to let six weeks go by without giving you my news.

I send you my love in the Heart of our Risen Lord.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


I came down to the refectory again today, and on Thursday I hope to go back into the south-facing cell. I have been sleeping in the infirmary since 22nd November to be near a fire. I had a feeling I would fall ill there.