From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - February 24, 1924

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - February 24, 1924

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 24th February 1924

Dearest little Sisters,

It was 47 years ago today that our saintly Visitandine aunt flew away to heaven. How fast time flies! When you look back, you see nothing but a vanishing shadow. You see earthly things in terms of God’s unchanging truth. From this point of view, growing old is a blessing, because all illusions destroy themselves. You are right in thinking, darling eldest sister, that 22nd February is very dear to my fraternal heart, because 64 years ago, this day gave me a sister whom I love with an almost filial love. I took Communion for you. I asked God, though very meekly, that I might be the first of the four of us to be called to Him, and I feel that my prayer will be answered because He knows that such a separation would be more than I could bear. I was well inspired, darling little Mamma, to ask you for this delightful statue. We like this one more than all the others. Our revered Mother, for whom it was meant, placed it herself in the Superior’s office, who is enjoying it while she can, for the elections are approaching faster that we would like . . . . But we must say “fiat”, because it’s God’s will, and we must love His will above all things and be very grateful to Him for having given us such a motherly and inestimable treasure for 18 years.

It is a joy for us, too, to work for our Blessed little sister. We love her so much and she belongs to the Visitation as much as she belongs to the Carmel. Are you not of our opinion?

Dear Father Martin had the kindness to send us his panegyrics. In those for our dear Mother and I, on the first page, he wrote the following dedication: “To Sister Françoise-Thérèse, in memory of ‘her little Thérèse’, as a keepsake of the Triduum celebrations, and a sign of my very religious and deep affection in Our Lord. G. Martin P.M." Imagine how heartily I thanked him for this kind thought.

I assure you, darling little Mamma, you have made our dear little Sr Joseph-Marie very happy by replying to her. She has begged me many times to tell you how grateful she is for your letter, the delightful bouquet of violets, and the pictures for her Profession. She’s an angel, this little Sister of ours, you know. She’s so slight, and so very frail in health, but her generosity has kept her going.

Mrs Lecourt is very touched by your kind offer for her dear child. She’s a dear friend and so devoted to us. She loves our Thérèse and her Carmel very much. I’m glad that you understand the circumstances. It’s a very tactful way for us to say thank you to her. Our pens are going to go silent until the Easter Alleluia, but not our loving hearts in Jesus.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse

Whatever you do, don’t fall ill . . . I dread Lent for your sake, and little Mamma’s in particular.

What charming little albums these are! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!