From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6, 1920

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6th 1920

V+J! From our Monastery in Caen 6th August 1920

Beloved little Céline,

If only you knew the heart-felt affection with which your Léonie, who is increasingly more loving than in the past, comes to you and our two little Sisters in order to sing the same old tune, which is, I love you!!!

Today the song is particularly addressed to you as it’s your feast day, and in my Communion, I entrust Jesus with all the affection I’d like to convey to you. Already, as in heaven, the four of us are so assimilated, fused and melted together into one in the Heart of our Beloved that we understand one another even without speaking to each another, isn’t this true? It’s extremely comforting and helps us bear our exile.

You see, little sisters, since our unforgettable and blissful reunion in 1915, something inexpressibly sweet has remained in our souls. It tastes like the Heavenly Homeland, which is the only thing I now desire. I sometimes say, in the words of your holy Mother Prioress, whom I love dearly, “I’m dying to be able to die”. But above all else I want God’s will, and to keep putting one foot in front of the other so that I reach the first rung on the ladder of perfection. I know by experience, and also in my heart, that Jesus asks His small little creature only for effort. I therefore am far from losing hope, because my total powerlessness is all my strength, and so I wish to remain in this state. With this very childish ruse, I touch the heart of God and oblige Him to come and steal me away soon. I wasn’t intending to tell you this when writing to you, inseparable darling. Whatever you do, don’t let it upset you. Instead, rejoice in my good disposition. Pray that Jesus keeps me in it and continues doing his work in my poor little soul, for it fully belongs to Him.

Do you think your heavy building work will finally be over by winter? What a lot of trouble and worry it is causing you! I’ll feel such relief when I hear your mind is easy on this point and that everything has been completed to your satisfaction. Is it you, little sister, who goes out to the building site with our little Mother? I would very much like to know what Cardinal Vico thinks of the beautiful and delightful portrait of Thérèse drawing her last breath, because I think you were right to send it to Him! It’s worth it! Ours is hanging at the foot of the bed. I don’t tire of looking at it because it speaks volumes to me and delights me. You have never painted such a perfect portrait.

I very much desire to know the date and year in which Mamma was born; do you know? Is there a biography of dear Father Pichon? I would be very glad to read it. The silver anniversary of your profession should be on 24th February, shouldn’t it, darling little sister? I send you lots of kisses and love you with all my heart.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse Martin


What delightful surprises! You spoil me so! Thank you! And thank you for the 25 frs as well.