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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - May 10, 1925

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - May 10th 1925

10th May 1925

Darling little sisters,

Our hearts beat in unison and exalt with joy and gratitude, for our God of Love has made our little Thérèse a masterpiece of grace and humility; in a word, a very great saint. It is wonderful to have helped this little flower of Paradise to blossom! But our dear parents were worthy of having her.

As we contemplate this triumph and supreme glory, our hearts very naturally pour forth this song, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit delights in God my Saviour”.

To tell you the truth, human language is powerless to express what we feel in the higher part of our souls, and so silence alone is fitting, like the silence that reigns among the Blessed in heaven.

Like me, you have no doubt noticed, darling sisters, that the pilgrimage for the Canonisation leaves on the 13th, the anniversary of our little sister’s healing. “The Bl. Virgin came towards me, she smiled at me. . . .” This was 42 years ago. How touching!

And what about the statue? Do you have any news? I don’t believe we’ll have it by the 17th. This is regrettable, because our Father Superior was going to enter the monastery to solemnly bless it. We’ll have a huge celebration here. The Bl. Sacrament will be exposed all day long, etc. etc. . . . . But don’t be upset; perhaps God wants us to make this sacrifice, and will unite it to our prayers, because the beautiful country of France is in a pitiful state, and we would do anything to save it . . . . Sacred Heart of Jesus, may your kingdom come!

We greatly admired the pretty envelope enclosing the Holy Father’s letter of thanks, and I was so touched to see that little Céline had added her signature to the letter after mine. Of course, I acknowledge that she is superior to me in every way. I heartily thanked our dear Mother for adding to the donation you sent to the Holy Father. Our Mother is exquisitely thoughtful, it often moves me to tears.

Lastly, my heart is so full of affection that it overflows into the Heart of Jesus, our Everything, where our hearts are fused together on this matchless day of glory.