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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - January 29, 1911

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - January 29, 1911

29th January 1911

Beloved little sisters,

You are the ones to receive these delightful sheets of letter-writing paper which little Marie gave up for me. She is so good! I recognise her generous heart in this. And mine melts with affection and gratitude towards you, little sisters. I often have to really hold myself back to avoid weeping when I see all the kindness with which you enfold your little Visitandine.

You asked me, darling little Mother, how big our magic lantern slides were. I’m very simply sending you one. Our dearest Mother almost scolded me because I’m acting like a spoilt child, it’s true, and ask for everything that springs to mind, but it’s impossible to do otherwise . . . . It’s not my fault if God gave me a doting little mamma. I could, in all truth, say He gave me two, for our Mother stands toe-to-toe with you, and I couldn’t help but tell her so.

As for the Roman pronunciation of Latin, I’m doing so well with it, little sisters, believe it or not, that I’m going to recite the office for a week as from next Saturday. I’m a little anxious about it, but I’m counting on the virtue of obedience which is really helping me do marvels, to the point that I don’t recognise myself sometimes. What’s more, I love this quality more than I can say, because it’s steadily leading me to humility, which is another one of my favourite virtues.