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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - May 26, 1918

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - May 26, 1918

26th May 1918

Beloved little sisters,

I’m no longer in the refectory, where I hoped I might die, like dear Friar Jonas who was found dead with his apron still tied round his waist, but assistant to the Bursar. This represents a new “battlefield”, one where this little creature will wield her “sword of love”.

This might be the last step before I soar towards the Homeland in the heavens. I often tell Jesus that I’m dying to die, and it pains me to see I’m better. But He also knows that I desire death no more than life; my only desire is to love Him. I thought for a moment I had reached the eternal shore. It seemed my wings were broad enough to fly there and yet here I am laboriously walking on this sad earth. But, like little Thérèse, I don’t want Jesus to hold back with me.