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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - December 8, 1930

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - December 8, 1930

Details on the illness of Sr Françoise-Thérèse Martin

8th December 1930

Dear Reverend Mother,

Our dear patient didn’t have a good night so we sent for the doctor. Feeling so weak, Sr Françoise-Thérèse has asked us to have the Sacraments administered to her while she is still fully lucid. The danger is not imminent, the doctor told us, but as her general condition is not good, he has advised us to grant her request. Therefore this afternoon, at about 2 o’clock, our dear Sister will receive the Holy Viaticum and Extreme Unction. She is preparing for it as she would a holy feast, but we’re hoping that the grace of the Sacrament of the Sick will have more of an effect than the treatments used until now.

We read Sr Geneviève’s letter to the patient when it arrived this morning. Sr Françoise-Thérèse is sure that the volumes of the Liturgical Year that she brought here did indeed belong to Mr Martin.

On this day of the Immaculate Conception, after having taken Holy Communion in union with the whole Carmelite Order, we convey to you, in the Heart of our Divine Mother, all our religious and sincere affection. The painful circumstances that have led us to write to you, dear Mother, only renders this affection deeper.

Your humble servant in Our Lord