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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - December 26, 1927

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - December 26th 1927

26th December 1927 

Beloved little sisters,

I wish you a happy and holy New Year in the Heart of the divine Child Jesus. How can people fail to love the gentle Lamb? It’s incomprehensible! Alas, even little children don’t love Him; they are not taught about Him in the Godless schools. We’re killing children’s souls; it’s enough to make you weep tears of blood.

Darling little Mamma, your letter brought me so much joy! And as for the delightful painting of our saint . . . it’s heavenly! I’m also extremely pleased about the work [blank space left by the copyist] many souls into the way of the truth, and people are going to understand our Thérèse’s doctrine better.

You have asked for my news, beloved little Mamma. Spiritually, my soul is becoming increasingly simple, thanks to my Thérèse. Her holiness is wholly agreeable and so easily within my reach. I’m feeling the weight of my years, and I increasingly feel the cold, but not to the extent that, like our darling saint, I could die from it; far from it, because the choir and Community Room are heated. And for performing the holy duties in the sacristy, which is very cold, our compassionate Mother has let me have a nice, warm, black woollen shawl to put around my shoulders. It helps me to think of you without a fire, darling little sisters, for then I blush at my cowardice. When this little child is overworked with her duties and putting everything into place on the eve of important feast days, she stumbles weakly the next morning, even after having eaten a good breakfast. Yet I’m very glad to be giving my last remaining strength to Jesus the Host, my daily bread. He is all my strength.  

You must have received the letters announcing the death of our two dear Sisters. Yet another beautiful lily is soon going to be picked by the divine gardener. These departures for the true homeland are ever so beautiful and enviable. We feel comforted despite all our sadness, because these blessed souls are entering into life, where we will be forever reunited. What bliss!

I send you my kisses and I already love you with the love of heaven.