From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6, 1925

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6th 1925

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 6th August 1925

Darling Céline,

You know what an affectionate encounter we have every year on your feast day. It’s impossible to describe this fusion of our hearts and souls, because it already speaks of the eternal beatitude of heaven, especially now that our Thérèse has been raised to the altars. Ah, what can we wish one another if not the Love that consumed our seraphim on this earth of exile and now glorifies her in heaven?

But tell me, my darling, now that you have added St Thérèse to your lovely name, would you like 30thSeptember to be your feast day from now on? If so, well, I’ll be pleased to write to you again, especially because alongside our Holy Founder, Thérèse has always been my patron saint. She is more so than ever now because she has been canonised. However, my feast day will always remain 29thJanuary. – So when will the Bull and the modifications for the Office be published? We don’t need the modifications of the Martyrology since we have a copy of it. How very long it is!

You know, darling little sister, that for your feast day I will take Communion for you. Jesus refers to himself as the wildflower and lily of the valley, so as you can see, I’m giving you a rich and beautiful bouquet, of the sort that we always offer each other on our feast days.

The triduum for our darling little saint will take place at the church of St Jean in mid November, so we don’t yet know what dates His Excellency will choose for ours. In any case it won’t be before next year.

The visit from the Bishop of Troyes was charming. He is such a pleasant man! His cousin, Mrs Carnot, came to fetch him in her car with her 4 children, whom we saw in the visiting room. Marguerite Duchesne was the same as ever. She loves our Thérèse very much. She remembers how edifying she was during sermons. She said to me, “When I was still a child, I was much more occupied watching her than listening to the preacher. In all fairness, I was 6 or 7 years younger than her.” When her youngest daughter misbehaves, she says to her, “Thérèse wouldn’t do that,” and this has the desired effect.

I think I should warn you that Alexandrine Domin has the group photo showing the five of you, including Marie of the Eucharist, as Carmelites. It’s very annoying, but alas! As it’s a big secret that I know this, I can do absolutely nothing about it. You should even, if you demand it back, avoid involving me because it would create no end of trouble and lead nowhere. This life of exile is such a struggle, and makes us increasingly desire the heavenly homeland. I’m a coward when it comes to suffering. Pray for me so I that I might become generous. My human nature makes my life so difficult; if only you knew! I send you the fondest of kisses.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


A big thank you for your last parcel and the precious relics from your Mother’s feast day. I admit to you that I was very disappointed. I was hoping to have the Holy Father’s blessing for my silver anniversary as you yourself did, darling Céline. But I understand that it’s different for me, you no doubt had a right to it.