From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Isidore Guerin – February 2, 1907

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Isidore Guerin – February 2, 1907

Sr Françoise-Thérèse Martin to her Uncle Mr Guérin

V + J! From our Monastery in Caen on 2nd February 1907


I need to say a warm thank you to you for all your kindness to me. As you know, I have many faults but ingratitude is not one of them. I’m treated like a spoilt child and what brings me happiness is seeing all my dear Sisters take advantage of this, because thanks to you, our poor nuns had a princely dessert on our great feast day. Thank you for your lovely letter. It upsets me to hear you’re suffering from such bad toothache and headaches. Jesus is letting you share his crown of thorns, which is an honour and a privilege. He only treats His chosen ones in this way. As for those out in the world who are incapable of understanding such things, He lets them enjoy and revel in their so-called happiness. I’m pleased to see that dear little Jeanne is feeling better. If the improvement continues, she might be able to come and see me after Easter. I thank her very much for her wishes and letter. It’s so sad about little Marguerite Pottier. If we prayed a novena to Thérèse, who had this illness, and placed one of her relics on her, I think it would cure her. I will willingly take part. We heard from Father Domin that kind Father Prévost came to see you.

It’s surprising that we haven’t heard from Ninette. It’s the first time she hasn’t written to our Mother for New Year.

For my feast day, I received a keepsake from little Marie; a picture she found in her prayer book. I was very touched by this, especially as I didn’t have anything from her. It was dear little Sister Madeleine of Jesus who sent it to me, isn’t that kind?

It will soon have been two years since our darling flew away, and seven years since dear Aunt left too. How time flies, but so much the better, for we’ll soon join our loved ones in heaven.

I wish dear little Jeanne a happy birthday. She already has 39 years’ worth of merits to present to God, the One who loves her dearly and will reward her handsomely. How I love these words from St Paul: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love Him!”

Suffering loses its bitterness with such thoughts of faith, hope and love.

Your little daughter who loves you dearly

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


I’m in good health. I feel much stronger but I often have bad headaches. I think either I have too much blood there or it’s too thick; that’s the reason.