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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Marie of the Sacred Heart – June 3, 1921

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart – June 3rd, 1921

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 3rd June 1921 Feast of the Sacred Heart

My dearest eldest sister,

Happy, holy and blessed feast day!!!!!!

To think that I’m 58 years old today! Everything is aging in me except my heart, which remains forever young and holds more love for you more than I can say, but you understand this without difficulty, I know. How I love singing this old tune, which is dear to my heart, to my beloved trio on feast days!

Little Sister, the royal bouquet I’m offering you is made up of three flowers, none of which is more beautiful or rich than the other, since all three are equally the body of Jesus. He, the Almighty, is the only One who can absolve my debts, and these are ever growing because, dearest little sister, there is nothing you won’t do to please me . . . . I would like you to keep my letters after our two little sisters have read them. It’s the only way to receive replies to all my questions, which I deliberately ask to make sure that all my epistles reach you.

How the letter from our beloved little Mamma amused me! I can’t believe that the Bishop allowed you to go to Les Buissonnets. He’s usually so strict about the enclosure, to the extent that he refused to allow us, our Mother and I, to alight the car in order to visit the cathedral when we went to Bayeux for the cause, even though we necessarily passed in front. I beg of you, tell me about this strange trip (and yes, you were of course strangers). Give me all the details about how it came about; I find it all very interesting. It is not indiscreet of me to ask this, because you are so kind that you tell me everything. And Sister Marie of the Trinity told me that you yourself were writing to me, beloved eldest sister. I’m also counting on you to lend me the obituary circular of dear Father Pichon.

Our beloved Mother was deeply touched by the kind card that our darling Mamma sent and her delightful pictures, one of which is perfect for the Superiors. They brought considerable pleasure to me as well.

Have you received a card as we have depicting the Venezuelan flag and bearing the name of our saint in embroidered lettering? Whatever will we see next? . . .

Have the spiritual letters by Mgr Gay been given back to you?

There has been a change of duty for your worthless little sister (back to square one). As you know, from now on my only task is to love and efface myself more and more. It’s a great pleasure for me to share in the Masses that Céline is having said on the 3rd. Everything must be shared between us; it’s a foretaste of heaven. I love you with all my heart. I ask that little mamma and little Geneviève give you a tender kiss for me. From your little sister Françoise-Thérèse, who is writing to you far too early, but I don’t want to miss this opportunity.