From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - April 5, 1926

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - April 5th 1926

5th April 1926

Alleluia! Alleluia! Beloved little sisters, I’m longing to have news from you.

I am well, because I haven’t been martyred like you by the fast, only being permitted to observe it once a week. It is true that this will be my 63rdspring. At our age, we are dispensed of fasting, but of course you don’t take such things into account. Lent didn’t seem long to me as our duties kept me very busy. How sweet it is to work for no one but God, which is the case more in the sacristy than anywhere else.

Your letters, darling little sisters, do me good. Alas, yes! There has to be lots of niggles on the side on earth because it is a place of exile. God wills it to be this way for His brides, who in their hearts must live in heaven. Soon all four of us will be there to sing the eternal Alleluia.

It seems to me, little sisters, that the end of the world will come before your projects for the basilica and Way of the Cross are finished. But you will have all the credit for them in the sight of God, because you are working for His glory alone.

How lovely and touching it is to see Cardinal Vico place the golden rose in our little saint’s hand. This painting brings me great pleasure – Thank you!