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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - December 25, 1926

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - December 25, 1926

25th December 1926

 Happy and Holy New Year, darling little sisters! Once more, your letters were the first I received. I’m so touched!

Our beloved Mother’s strength is returning very slowly, and yet we hope she will make a full recovery.

You asked me, little Mamma, whether I have been faithful to my resolutions. Alas! I’ve many failures to deplore, but I do not lose heart, for it’s not surprising if the little child falls often. Jesus takes all the more pity on me and finds Himself forced to carry me in His arms. You see you have no reason to be proud of me, because deep down in my wicked soul, there is much more cowardice than love.

When you next write to me, darling little Mamma, tell me whether you are still suffering from migraines. It upsets me to think of my eldest sister walking with a stick because of her pain. I’d so like to be able to soothe her! And how is my little Céline? She hasn’t mentioned her poor heels. I felt so sorry for her in bare feet without her alpargate shoes. I hope she can wear them in winter. Your letter, little Céline, is very touching. I assure you that you will be handsomely rewarded up above for all the glory you bring to God here below.

In a word, little sisters, the truth is that our earthly life is a slow death, since we must keep seeing those we love suffer. So, as she left exile, our Thérèse was right to say, “I’m not dying, I’m entering into life.” This true life will be where we shall all be reunited soon, and where all tears shall be dried . . . . In the meantime, as a foretaste of this unending happiness, I send you a heavenly kiss.