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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - October 22, 1928

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - October 22, 1928

22nd October 1928

Darling little sisters,

I’m writing to you from a deck chair, but rest assured, it’s not serious. In a few days, I hope to have recovered. The surgeon has torn off the two ingrown toenails from the big toes on each foot; that way there’ll be no jealousy. Through my carelessness, I developed a very nasty little sore on the big toe of my right foot. It was so painful that that I fainted quite spectacularly trying to treat it. What upset me the most was causing our dearest, darling Mother concern. She is so motherly and devoted. I’m being lavished with loving care and being better nursed than a princess.

I’m going on retreat this evening. I must rest for ten days in any case. There’ll be no lack of suffering, but that’s the best thing about it. Yet what an indescribable joy it is to be able to take Communion every day. Since Sunday, I’ve been going to Holy Mass in a wheelchair.

Darling little Céline, to prove to you that I haven’t forgotten your feast day on the 21st, I’m sending you the little flower that we baptised in your name.