From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Isidore Guerin – November 28, 1905

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Isidore Guerin – November 28th, 1905

Léonie to her Uncle Mr Guérin

V + J! From our Monastery in Caen this 28th Nov. 1905

Dearest Uncle,

It was impossible for me to reply to your dear letter earlier although it interested me greatly. How pleased I was to hear you are in such good health. Little Jeanne is also feeling better. I’m still hoping that in the long term she will gain the upper hand, but it requires patience and I’m wholeheartedly praying that God will grant her this. Did she receive the letter I sent via Mrs Maudelonde?

Dear Uncle, the other day I was filled with the virtues of my saintly Visitandine Aunt. I could feel her presence and I said to myself, “I must at all costs become saintly too. I practice the same Rule etc.” Pray for me so that I might at last overcome my cowardliness, for that is the only thing stopping me. I’m in good health at the moment so I’m taking advantage of this to observe not only the Church’s fasts but also the fasts prescribed by the Rule.

I wish dear Francis a very happy feast day. In February it will have been two years since I last saw him and Jeanne. It’s been such a long time! If ever we were to go to England, it would be no worse.

I can’t think of anything else to say, dearest Uncle, other than the same old tune which is that I love all three of you dearly and I invite you to meet me at the Manger of the divine little newborn King.

Your little Visitandine Sister Françoise-Thérèse Martin


Please kindly take this letter to the Carmel. Thank you!

As for poor Basiline, what will become of her? Has she gone back home?