From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - March 31, 1929

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - March 31st 1929

V + J From our monastery in Caen        Holy day of Easter [31stMarch] 1929

This is the day that the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it, dearest little sisters. Here is another feast of feasts spent in exile. How we long to see our Beloved face to face, don’t you agree, and in the glory for which He paid so dearly. What mystery surrounds this Passion, which He was willing to endure and also to continue in the members of His Body.

The trial of sickness continues to visit us. Our Chaplain had to undergo an operation three weeks ago and has barely recovered, so we have been forcibly deprived in many ways. During Lent, one of our Turn Sisters nearly died when she tripped over a hole in the path under repair leading to the Turn. The poor thing has a severe contusion and a fracture to her right shoulder. Our dear Sister Pauline de Sales Besnard is paralysed on her right side. It’s doubtful whether she’ll recover at the age of 74. – These are painful blows for our beloved Mother, although, thanks to God and necessary special treatment because of her poor health, she is sufficiently stable.

We are with you heart and soul in praying for all these rebels of Action Française. May they finally recognise their error and, like submissive sons, throw themselves into the Father’s arms, which are wide open and ready to lovingly welcome them home. This prayer is so lovely, touching and persuasive! Tell me whether it was you who composed it, darling little Mamma. I think it was, but I’d like to be sure. If it has been printed on loose sheets, we would be glad to have several copies to spread it as many as possible. The extract from the Bishop of St-Dié’s letter brought me great pleasure. Thank you for sharing all your joys with us, for they become very much ours as well.

How I hunger for your news, beloved little sisters! Tell me everything quickly and in the minutest of details. Mgr Le Boucher is very sick. If he dies, it will be such a loss for His Excellency. He is the one I feel sorry for. If only Thérèse were willing to work a miracle in his favour. But let’s not forget that we’re in exile, far from our true Homeland “heaven”. Blessed are those who, in love and for love, leave this valley of tears, for every teardrop shall be wiped away and dried by our divine Risen Lord.

With all my love and inexpressible affection

Sr Françoise-Thérèse