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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - December 9, 1930

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - December 9, 1930

Details on the illness of Sr Françoise-Thérèse Martin

Visitation of Caen

9th December 1930

Dearest Reverend Mother,

Your telegram was of great comfort to our dear patient. The doctor cannot as yet determine the outcome of her sickness. He has found more rales in her lung and is sustaining her heart with digitalin.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse is as calm and surrendered as can be, but would prefer not to recover. She was able to take Communion as Viaticum again this morning.

We shall continue, dear Mother, to update you every day on our dear patient’s condition and again we assure you and your dear Sisters that we are religiously united to you at the foot of the cross.

½ past 5 – Dear Mother and Sisters, with your kind letters came one from the Bishop, whom we had informed of Sr Françoise-Thérèse’s illness. His Eminence assures her of his prayers and blesses her. We have read both his letter and yours to her. She is very touched and would like our Lord to come for her this evening. We are going to send for the chaplain to give her absolution. She is having more difficulty breathing, but she can still speak distinctly enough for me to hear, despite my deafness. We will have another bed taken to her infirmary this evening. She heartily thanks you for your kind letters and we sense how closely united we are to you.