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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mme Guerin – August 6, 1899

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mrs Guerin – August 6th 1899

6th August 1899

Dearest Aunt,

How grateful I am for your two kind letters and especially for the news about my dear uncle’s health. It’s most regrettable that he wasn’t able to finish the season and follow the treatment. At any rate, the main thing is that he’s feeling better and that the long and difficult journey in the sweltering heat didn’t make him ill. 

O darling aunt, let me say in conclusion that all human remedies for our dear patient have been exhausted. It’s Jesus who wants to be his doctor and his cure, and we must constantly address His divine Heart to obtain the healing we ardently desire. We must not grow tired of asking; God so loves being inconvenienced.

I’m glad that at least Jeanne was able to make the most of the trip and that her health is stronger as a result of the treatment she followed. I’ll be able to see it for myself when she next visits me, which will be soon you say, for she must be looking better.

When you go to the Carmel, dear Aunt, please tell my sisters how grateful I am for the notebooks they sent me. We’ll send them back to them, but only after having copied the many highly interesting things they contain.

I can’t think of anything else to say, beloved Aunt and Uncle, other than I love you very much, and I don’t grow tired of telling you this. It’s already been six weeks since I received the Habit. How time flies and how happy I am to see it do so. After this brief time in exile there’ll be unending heaven . . . . How I’d love to be there already! In the meantime we must be strongly and above all lovingly attached to the Cross: it’s only a step from the Cross to heaven.