From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) – October 13, 1935

From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) – October 13, 1935             

+ Jesus Carmel of Lisieux 13th October 1935


Darling little sister,

You must be wondering why I write “Jesus”, at times and “Pax Christi” at others. It changed when we adopted the Observance of the Carmelite Fathers, so as I’ve been used to writing “Jesus” at the beginning of my letters for fifty years, I still go back to it. – Yes, little sister, next year on 15th October I will have been in the Carmel for 50 years, and I still haven’t been able to become a saint, which is the saddest part. This morning, I was thinking this when the following words from our Thérèse’s Self-Offering comforted me: “I desire to be a saint, but I feel my helplessness and I ask You, O my God, to be Yourself my Sanctity. Since You gave me Your Son to be my Saviour and my Spouse, the infinite treasures of His merits are mine.”

These words did me so much good! In truth, is there anything I can do by myself? But I trust that my Spouse Jesus will make up for my poverty and enrich me with His treasures.

In your last letter, dear little sister, you told us that Sister Jeanne-Marguerite was celebrating the 60th anniversary of her Profession. What a lot of merits she has acquired! What examples of virtue she will leave you as your inheritance. On that day we’ll all take Holy Communion for her, in thanksgiving for a long religious life lived in much faithfulness and love. Do tell the dear Mother who welcomed you into the Holy Ark how much we love her.

At the moment one of our most active Lay Sisters is confined to the infirmary with a sore knee.

This represents a trial not only for her but for all her companions who are obliged to carry out all her work. They devote themselves to the task very charitably, but my poor little nurse is not strong and so is often very tired. This poor life is nothing but a tapestry of miseries, both great and small, and we must bear them with love because they are God’s will.

Farewell, dear little sister. Tell Sr Marguerite-Agnès that I won’t forget her feast day on the 17th either. I’ll ask Bl. Margaret Mary to turn her into another Saint Margaret. Yet she will be canonised in heaven, because on earth canonisations are too much trouble!

Your eldest sister who loves you dearly

Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart