From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - January 2, 1931

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - January 2, 1931

 V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 2nd January 1931

Beloved little sisters,

I’m taking advantage of every opportunity I have to give you news of my health, which is improving every day. However, there’s a flip side to the coin: my eczema is doing more than raising its head; it has broken free of its shell. It’s furious about the brutal treatment I had to undergo to avoid going “ad patrem”. My skin is erupting and is so itchy that I feel I’m wearing a hair shirt from head to toe, especially at night when the itching prevents me from getting a wink of sleep. If I happen to scratch even a little, it really burns. I think it would be worse if I was in purgatory. What’s more, I’m offering up my suffering for Action Française to stop revolting, and for all the great causes that are close to the heart of our Pontiff and beloved Father. I’m also suffering for our dearest Bishop’s intentions, as once again he is of all people most to be pitied. In short, all these ministerial desires are helping me to suffer generously. I’m being given the best treatment possible while waiting to be able to take a few bran baths. I can’t at the moment because I’m still too weak.

I hear that the Carmel of Gravigny is also being blighted by flu, which makes me fearful for my beloved Carmel. Send me news quickly, and don’t hide anything from me, I beg of you.

We have received twelve magnificent volumes of The Liturgical Year. They are very well-made, with black shagreen backs and red edging. What a surprise! It’s such a lovely gift, darling little sisters. We have fared very well in this exchange. Thank you infinitely. Our doctor is a very kind, religious man who takes Communion every day. When I thanked him for having brought me back to life, he solemnly replied, “It wasn’t me, it was the Extreme Unction.” Isn’t that lovely? With fond kisses

Sr Fse-Thérèse


Our darling saint would be 58 years old today.

Thanks to God, our dear Sister bursar has more or less recovered. What delightful surprises! I’m thrilled with them. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!!!