From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) – May 26, 1935

From sr Marie of the Sacred Heart to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) – May 26, 1935             

+ Jesus Carmel of Lisieux 26th May 1935


Darling little sister,

What have you been up to? Are you now strong enough to pursue your path to the age of 80? Your answer will be, “I only want what God wills.” I’m like you, I only want what He wants because I know He loves me more than I can comprehend. That doesn’t stop us from keenly feeling trials and I assure you that not being able to walk represents an enormous one for me.

Sr Marie Germaine has come back from Le Mans where she attended her little sister’s Taking of the Habit ceremony. Her sister is still very happy in her vocation. She brought back some photographs of several rooms of the monastery and even a cardboard model of the whole convent: the Boarding School, the cloisters, the inner courtyard etc.

What a lot of memories it brings back! Of the nuns we knew, only one remains; Sr Marie Angélique (Lay Sister). She was the one who would walk along the pupils’ dormitory, singing: “Fly, fly, my soul, to the Heart of Jesus, and together with the elect, let His flame consume us.”

That was all 60 years ago now and soon we really will fly towards the Heart of Jesus and remain there in eternal happiness forever.

Jeanne wrote to say she would come this afternoon. If I have a moment after seeing her, I’ll give you her news. You no doubt know that Solange had a little boy at the end of April.

Farewell, darling little sister and favoured daughter of the Lord! We, too, could have stayed in the midst of the world but He hid us in the shadow of His wings for the duration of exile. It’s such an inexpressible grace!

Your eldest sister who cherishes you

Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart


½ past 4 – We have just come back from the visiting room. Jeanne was very kind. She likes living in Nogent very much and all day long she looks after Solange’s little girl who is 15 months old now. Solange came with her little girl, who seems very intelligent. She’s beginning to walk, and has a pretty little face. In short, everything is going well on that side if things. Jeanne is very pleased to be living with her adopted daughter. She doesn’t miss Lisieux, where she would have been all alone.

There’s no other news. I must leave you dear little sister and go to silent prayer.

She told us that Ernest Maudelonde is now 75 years old, and that his brother Henri is 71 . . . Two old men! That’s what life is! Blessed are those who belong to the Lord!!!

Jeanne is not too bad, but she finds walking very difficult. She’s going to spend the summer in Dax and take Mr Bunel with her.