From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - September 20, 1915

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - September 20th 1915

20th September 1915

Beloved little sisters,

Here I am back in my sweet Visitandine nest, but I feel transformed. Pray that it lasts until my dying breath, because I am much more afraid of myself than of the devil.

Exile seems harder to bear than before, which is inevitable! Then again, I have many delightful memories and many specific ways of becoming more holy. Now I’m going to launch myself full sail into my heavenly little sister’s little and very pleasant “Way”. Like her, I always want to hold Jesus’ hand and let Him carry me.  

I can’t find the words, little sisters, to express my gratitude for the hundreds of thousands of acts of kindness I was shown in your dear Carmel, and this, despite my being very small and unworthy. Tell our dear Sisters once again, I beg of you, how glad I am to be their tiny Sister. I’m afraid I might have hurt dear Mother Marie of the Angels when she so kindly offered me her little parcel of pictures. I feared it would be indiscreet to accept it, seeing as I had almost emptied Sister Marie of the Trinity’s boutique.

I spent a long moment with our dearest Mother yesterday, despite her being on retreat. She naturally shows affection to her little daughter, who returns her love with all her heart.

Farewell, little sisters, adieu!

O Carmel, most delightful refuge! Vestibule to heaven! When shall we all be reunited up above, free from the fear of being parted?