From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mother Agnes of Jesus – November 9, 1919

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mother Agnes of Jesus – November 9th 1919

V + J! From our monastery in Caen 9th November 1919


Darling little Mamma,

Here I am having just finished my retreat, wholly transformed and renewed. According to our dearest beloved Mother, I have never had such an enlightening or fruitful retreat. You’ll be able to judge for yourself, little Mamma, from my resolutions. Here they are:

I want to imitate the Baby Jesus, model myself after Him, watch Him constantly in His holy childhood, and give all my actions the twofold stamp of love and humility. (this is precisely what our little saint (when dying) demanded of her Léonie in return for coming to fetch her and taking her to heaven).

So here I am walking straight along my little way, and this little one won’t stop putting one foot in front of the other. Do you understand what I mean? That’s enough . . . . I can tell you that my spirituality is becoming increasingly simple. I desire to please God; that is my only desire. Tell me, little Mamma, have I not entered the state of spiritual childhood? I’m also a little Victim of God’s Merciful Love (in the blessed legion of little souls who wish to resemble our beloved Saint). Oh, yes! I am totally committed, and yet I’m not blind to the difficulties, knowing by experience how weak, cowardly and inconstant I am. So you see, I want to be, and I am, so very little that Jesus is forced to keep me in His arms, and what fills me with trust is knowing that He won’t let me fall.