From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Marie of the Sacred Heart – February 22, 1930

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart – February 22nd 1930

V+J! From our monastery in Caen this 22nd February 1930


Dearest eldest sister,

I promised I would write again to wish you a happy birthday, because 70 years, over 40 of which have been in the service of the best of Masters, is worth celebrating! You know how much I love you as a sister and child. Expressing my great affection to you is impossible in the poor human language. In heaven, if God has mercy on me, I’ll certainly make up for it! One can already do so on earth by taking Communion daily, which is why I often take Communion for all those dear to me. Therefore I know that by means of the three Communions I’m taking for you, Jesus will reward you for everything a hundredfold. He said, “Whatever you do for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do for Me,” did He not? Well, have you not been a true Mamma to me?

We read the edifying biography of revered Sister Aimée of Jesus with interest. She surely went straight to her beloved’s Heart and was received there warmly; let’s hope so. I’m very surprised that it was Lisieux that founded the Carmel of Caen, especially as this is positively denied in the biography of Rev. Mother Geneviève. The circular mentions only the Carmels of Coutances and Saigon as having been created by the one in Lisieux.

The Bishop of Ottawahonoured us with his visit. He is a simple Archbishop yet distinguished at the same time. “I’ve just come from Lisieux,” his Eminence told us, revealing that he’s another illustrious devotee of our saint. Our three postulant Sisters have been admitted to take the Habit and our holy Bishop will come and present it to them on 31stMarch. They are very good candidates, which are rare to find these days.

Dear little sisters, could you give us a few more almanacs of St Thérèse? The fifty we received disappeared in no time at all. It’s incredible to see how much pleasure they bring and what’s more, it’s very good propaganda. Thank you! And thank you even if you don’t have any more.

We shall say goodbye until Easter although we are never apart; are our hearts not fused into one in the Heart of our one true love?

Sr Marguerite-Agnès wishes you a happy birthday, as does dear Didine who loves you very much.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse Martin

Canon Delattre is very kind. Thank him for me when you have an opportunity, please.

Darling little Mamma, would you give this letter to our beloved eldest sister on Friday? I very much hope God will leave her with us for many more years to come, but I doubt He will, for she is so virtuous and spiritual. Her crown must already be finished, I fear. The lovely book on the Doctrine of our Holy Founder is greatly appreciated. Thank you for all your blessings.