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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - November 21, 1927

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - November 21st 1927

21st November 1927

Darling little sisters,

This will be our last chat before the delightful feast of Christmas, when we shall meet up again and present each other with our New Year’s wishes. The day will come, however, when, all reunited in eternal felicity, we’ll no longer need to write to each other. Ah! When will this long-awaited day come?

With St Teresa, I sigh, and I cry, “I am dying of regret for being unable to die.”

I hope to have had a good retreat. See for yourself from my resolutions. But it isn’t enough to write them down, I must put them into practice. I’m counting on your fervent prayers to help me. I know they will never fail me. I’m very grateful to you for having sent me the lovely hand-written note from our beloved Pope, Pius XI. It is such precious encouragement for the undertaking and successful completion of your work, being a project desired by God and entirely dedicated to His glory. Everything that comes from Rome brings me immense pleasure and interests me to the highest degree, especially when it’s from the Holy Father Himself! I love him so much!

— Retreat of November 1927 —

My resolution is to practice patience, especially during recreations, by striving to be gentle and friendly to all my Sisters, since patience is the touchstone of humility. The smaller and more self-effacing I am, the less stubborn I’ll be, and the less attached I’ll be to my way of seeing and hearing things. And I’ll also be happier, because, closely united to God, virtue will come easier to me as like Thérèse I develop a passion for being forgotten. They’ll be no more voluntary faults, however small! My darling saint will be obliged to forcibly help me in this arduous task. I’m wholly counting on her assistance, since the glory of God and my sanctification are at stake.