From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) – February 24, 1935

From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) – February 24, 1935             

+ Jesus Carmel of Lisieux 24th February 1935

Anniversary of the day on which our Holy Aunt from Le Mans went to heaven.

Dear little sister,

We know you are not much better and I wonder what God means to do with our darling little sister. Or rather, it’s not true, I’m not worrying, I fully entrust you to Him, knowing that He loves you much more that I could ever love you myself and that everything will turn out for the best. If He leaves you on earth to increase your merits through suffering, I’ll thank Him for it. If He takes you to heaven, I will thank Him for taking you from this exile. I want to tell Him that everything He does is perfect. He doesn’t need such praise, although He is pleased when we love His divine will.

Dear little sister, our chaplain told us that you were suffering a trial of faith. I am too, and have been for a long while, but would you believe that I consider it a grace to walk in darkness? By this, our Lord means to increase our merits. Are they not much more precious than consolations? Let’s take heart, darling little sister, for soon we’ll rejoice in eternal light and won’t regret to have suffered here below. I don’t need to tell you that I’m praying for you and that I’m constantly talking to our Thérèse about you, as if she needed reminding that her little sister is sick and needs her help.

But in my heart I need to do this and to me it seems that through my prayers I obtain you new graces.

Your eldest sister who’s never far away

Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart