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

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - February 2nd 1931

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

Darling little sisters,

What a lot of surprises and treats your little Turn Sisters brought us! My happiness was complete when they showed me the two fat turkeys all ready to roast. I couldn’t hold back my tears, and my voice was choked with sobs as I thanked them. And I was so touched by the large sum of 500 francs that, as you say, you rounded up! I can only melt in gratitude and affection. Your kindness exceeds all bounds.

Would you mind thanking the charitable lady for her 200 francs for me, and Dom Mayeul for his 50? He hasn’t written to me this year, but I’m not angry; quite the reverse, as he might have heard from the newspapers that I was very ill and on the point of dying.

The flu has claimed two more victims; our dear Sister Nurse and her assistant are seriously ill. This has been complicated by overwork and excess tiredness, but we are hoping to get them both out of this tight spot.

Our revered Mother is feeling better. She asked for Extreme Unction on account of her age, being 78 years old, but our kind and devoted doctor assured us that he was intent on restoring her to health. However, he is taking extreme precaution, saying that her health will be more fragile than ever, and that we need to go easy on her if we wanted to keep her, which of course we do; we are prepared to make any sacrifice to keep our treasure.

Don’t worry about me, dearest sisters. I do have a bad flu-like cold, it’s true, but I’m being closely monitored. I’ll be staying in the infirmary until Easter. See how mollycoddled I am. All of us are suffering in one way or another. It’s always the case with epidemics.

We find the heavenly missionary in her pretty little ship so delightful, as we do the relics and the beautiful deluxe pictures! Thank you! Thank you especially for taking Communion for me, and for your increasingly affectionate letters. What a feast for my heart! They really encourage me in my pilgrimage towards the heavens, although I feel farther away than ever. How I long for the time when our family will be complete again up above. Your increasingly loving little sister,

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


Please thank Jeanne for her affectionate little feast day note. I find writing so tiring.

Our Lord visits us with His cross more and more, but with His love more often still. Our dear Sister Nurse’s crown was complete: that is why He came to steal her from us. We are very upset despite our great resignation. It’s such a very painful loss for the Community, because people of such moral fibre are rare.