From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - February 2, 1928

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - February 2, 1928

2nd February 1928

Beloved little sisters,

How can I ever thank you for all your different gifts? Truly, it’s a miniature picture of heaven, because there’s always something new. The Child Jesus (Good Shepherd), installed on His delightful little throne adorned with a relic, is ideal, and so He has been placed on the altar in the ante-choir (the Monastery’s main altar). The copies of the painting of our darling saint and the fifteen slides of the inside of my little Carmel bring me great pleasure. They bring back such sweet memories, because I recognise all these blessed places.

But there are also many treats of a different kind! There’s the Spanish jam you shared with us, and a blue banknote, which allowed us to have a royal feast in honour of the Queen who found the charm in the twelfth-cake. This feast was postponed until the 31st on account of the thirty Gregorian Masses held for Mgr Lemonnier. Ah, we are so touched by all your kindness! We don’t know how to convey our deep gratitude to you. But, as you know, your letters are my ultimate feast. What’s more, the writing lasts much longer and always brings me comfort.

I had a lovely surprise for my feast day. I had always wanted a picture of our aunt from Le Mans as a Visitandine, and now I have one. Our Sisters cut out her portrait from the group picture in February’s Annals. It really is very true to life, but I would like my little Céline to retouch her habit a little, if it’s possible. This portrait of my saintly Aunt is with me day and night. I would so like to resemble her . . . .