From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - November 21, 1930

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - November 21, 1930

V+J! From our monastery in Caen this 21st November 1930

Dearest little sisters,

What an indescribable reunion this is! Following the example of little three year old Mary, our divine Mother, all four of us have renewed our promises to the Lord. The whole of eternity will be too short to praise Him.

I received your letter, darling Céline. As always, the details you gave me were very interesting. We will willingly send back The Liturgical Year to you, but in stages, because we can’t burden Mrs Lecourt with 15 dimity-bound volumes. She’s going to bring you three or four at most, and you’ll find them in the bag with the sachets. We’ll use every opportunity that comes along to send them all back to you.

We are infinitely grateful to you for being willing to replace them for us, because such a precious work is a great addition to the library of a religious house. Of course, we perfectly understand your legitimate desire to gather up as many of the family possessions as possible.

Darling little Mamma, your letter made me so happy. It encourages me greatly to be faithful to my resolutions. I’m very glad I copied them down for my darling eldest sister; doing so helps me keep them.

I really behaved like a dreadfully spoilt child when I demanded the calendars and almanacs. They arrived in good condition, with the 1st two via the post so as not to keep me waiting too long. So much kindness is quite enough to make me weep with affection, so I melt in gratitude . . .  

But I thought that the centenary of our dearest Mamma’s birth wasn’t until December next year. Wasn’t she born in 1831? I would like you to tell me the exact date at Christmas, for are we not saying our goodbyes until that joyous feast?

I will leave you now, though I never really leave you because we’ll always be together. Help us to pray to Thérèse for the recovery of our Father Superior, Rev. Fr Jeanne. He’s a saint and he’s exhausting himself from overwork. He came here on the 21st to receive our vows. Our dearest Mother found he was much changed, and we are very worried . . . .

With all the love that in my increasingly loving heart,

Sr Françoise-Thérèse