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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - April 9, 1901

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - April 9, 1901

Today is the anniversary of the day our little Thérèse joined the Carmel. 

The memory of our darling sister on this day has remained deeply engraved in my heart. Her attitude beyond her years, her angelic face, everything about her spoke volumes to me . . .

I sense that our Lord has been working hard in my soul recently by detaching it and making it understand the emptiness and worthlessness of all that is created and all that is outside of Him. And I open wide my heart in response. I see higher things and my soul unceasingly aspires to heavenly things. I compare myself with the little bird that doesn’t touch the ground, so to speak. He constantly hops about, ever ready to fly away. Of course I owe this immense grace to my little Thérèse and I’m relying on her promise that she’ll come for me soon. This thought is my only comfort and helps me overcome everything.

In the meantime, we must sacrifice ourselves for our beloved King, the God who voluntarily accepted to be a Spouse of blood. “My kingdom,” he said, “is not of this world” and we love repeating this, for these very words delight our hearts, immersing them in infinity.

Your letters, dearest sisters, bring me so much happiness. I always find delicious nourishment in them for my poor little soul and all that you say to me encourages me immensely.

I’m no longer working in the refectory. I look after the Community room, the sewing machine, and I do a great deal of work for the linen room. I spend a long time alone with Jesus in our cell and, to please him, my little needle never stops working. I think of my little Thérèse. In short, solitude delights me, and in that way I’m much like a Carmelite nun.