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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - September 23, 1900

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - September 23, 1900

Beloved little sister,

I’ve come to spend a little time with you. I promised I would, not having been able to do so for your feast day. The little examples you give in your letters do me good and rekindle my fervour.

I’d so like to have the soul of an apostle! I feel extremely drawn to redeeming souls, which encourages me in all my actions. It’s the only reason we are nuns, is it not, darling little sister? But, alas! I forget this too often. I’m so cowardly in the service of our Good Master. My human nature, little used to mortification, finds it very hard to deny itself incessantly. Pray for me, so that I might put into practice that which I understand so well and stop plundering our Lord.

Since my profession, I’ve been working in the refectory. As our chief Refectorian is constantly unwell, I am obliged to replace her. I’m still learning Latin. My studying for the Holy Office demands time and effort. I’ve already recited the office once and will do so again next week.

I’m so happy to belong to God!

Seeing as I’m so late in writing to you, I found the best thing to do was to hand over all my debts to the Heart of our unique Beloved, sure that He would compensate for everything I owe you. I wasn’t mistaken, was I?