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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - November 24, 1926

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - November 24, 1926

24th November 1926

Darling little sisters,

We shall say our mutual goodbyes before Advent, and yet without parting. It’s impossible for us to part because we are fused into one in the Heart of our Beloved King and the Centre of our own hearts.

Our dear Mother is on the road to recovery, but we must be patient, for it’s going to take a while. The doctor is very strict and we know he is right.

We took our retreat without our Mother. This was a hard sacrifice for the dear Sisters, my companions and I, but we made it with great submission to God’s will. He knows what we need better than we do. But we hope that our retreat will only be more fruitful for having been marked with the cross. Our darling Mother qualified our group as “generous” and with reason. Like our little Saint Thérèse, we will try to smile through our tears to avoid upsetting our Mother too much, because she is very sorry to be unable to look after us. Our dear Sr Marie-Joseph’s very prompt departure for heaven greatly saddened her, and this blow has only delayed her recovery.

The dear Carmelite Friar was very amicable. He donated 100 francs for the Community. You see, little Mamma, he paid a fair price for his visit, but the questions he put to us were indeed very awkward. I was quite tired that day having spent the night with our dear 87 year old Lay Sister, who is deaf and blind. She had been administered Extreme Unction the previous day. Now she has a new lease of life, and we are very glad to be keeping her.

Many, many thanks for the beautiful calendars that we received. No New Year’s gift brings us greater pleasure and our beloved Mother loves giving them to us as much as we do receiving them.

Darling little Mamma, I’m sending you my resolutions. Kindly tell me what you think of them. – I feed on our little saint’s doctrine of charity. It’s sublime!

With my love to all three of you, and the fondest of kisses . . .