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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - October 2, 1927

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - October 2, 1927

2nd October 1927

Dearest little sisters,

We have just heard that our Father Superior has died, a sudden victim of angina. Our Little Saint Thérèse, whom he greatly admired, came for him the day before her feast day. He was a great priest, and we can say he appeared before God weapons in hand. We are preparing to celebrate the 3rd centenary of the founding of our monastery in Caen on the 17th, the feast of Saint Margaret Mary. As you can see, it can’t possibly be a cheerful affair. By then we might even have two more losses to mourn, since two of our Sisters are in danger of dying. This is what life in exile is like! Joys and sorrows merge, but our eyes and hearts are constantly turned towards the Holy City, where so many loved ones await us.  

Your lovely letters and keepsakes cheered me immensely on the 30th. Thank you for easing my exile with your sisterly affection. On this day it’s important that our hearts be closely united. But it’s for God that we have sacrificed pure family joys, and our reunion in heaven will only be more wonderful for it.

The Basilica is magnificent. Everything about it is beautiful and graceful, and worthy, therefore, of our gentle little Queen.

Yes, darling little sisters, we sincerely hope that the privileges granted to our little Saint Thérèse will also be bestowed upon our Sister, Saint Margaret Mary. With this deep desire in mind, I wrote, out of obedience, a letter of request to Cardinal Vico on behalf of our Sisters in Paray. Don’t be upset, darling little Mamma, as coming out of my shell like this cost me dearly, I assure you. The letter was sent from Bayeux, because we couldn’t send it without the Bishop’s consent.

I send you all my love and indescribable affection.