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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mother Agnes of Jesus – July 20, 1919

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mother Agnes of Jesus – July 20th 1919

V + J! From our monastery in Caen 20th July 1919

Beloved little Mamma,

Oh, yes! Deo gratias!!! God is so good to leave us under your beloved guidance for another three years. I personally will remain there until I draw my last breath, and without first appealing to Rome, either.

The furniture went very, very slowly, at a snail’s pace no doubt, because you haven’t yet received it. Our dearest Mother is kindly enclosing a form with this letter so that you can claim it, but we don’t think this will make it arrive any sooner. Since the war, goods such as these are no longer transported by fast train, so we must be patient and consider ourselves most fortunate when everything reaches its destination in good condition.

Darling little Mamma, we’re also sending you a letter from Sr Françoise-Madeleine from the Visitation in Paris. The dear Sister is clamouring to our little Saint for her healing, enclosing a postal order of 20 frs for her Cause.

Is the daughter of the Parliament member from the north [of France] you mentioned doing well? What is her religious name? When will she take the habit? I take the greatest interest in everything that happens in my beloved Carmel, and my devoted eldest sister provides me with all the news I could wish for. How I love her! How I love her!!!!

Our dear Sister Marie Gertrude, from Le Mans, has left for heaven. All those we know and love are one by one leaving for the true Heavenly Homeland, while poor little me is languishing for Jesus to come very, very quickly and steal me away too. Inner struggles and heartrending anguish choke me very often, making me hope that perhaps these are precursors to the supreme purification. I should be generous but I feel cowardly and overburdened. What about the delightful Little Way? When will it be published? It’s taking so long! The story about Sr Thérèse’s aeroplane is so interesting; a thousand times thank you for having sent us several copies, as well as the account of the marvellous protection granted to the Carmelite Friars and Premonstratensians.

Are your kidneys still causing you pain, beloved little Mamma? You tell me, or send word that you’re in good health, but I don’t feel very reassured.

Farewell in God. I cherish the three of you with all my heart.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse Martin

B.B.G