From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mother Agnes of Jesus – January 21, 1931

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mother Agnes of Jesus – January 21st 1931

V + J From our monastery in Caen this 21st January 1931


Darling little Mamma,

This is a fine opportunity to send you my most affectionate wishes for a happy feast day. To crown my happiness, my letter is going to be the first to arrive, though I’m very sure our dear Carmelite sisters won’t hold it against me or be jealous. Beloved little Mamma, how can I tell you how dear you are to me? It’s impossible with our poor human language, so we’ll more than make up for it in our true Homeland, heaven.

I didn’t think I would ever send you feast day wishes again in this valley of tears, but I think that Jesus and our Thérèse had a conversation much like this: “Should I go and fetch her, as I promised I would before I left exile?” “No, leave her for a while longer so she can atone for her very mediocre religious life, for she put herself out very little. I would happily send her to purgatory but I cannot, since the Little Victims of My Merciful Love shall not be judged. Instead, I will eagerly fill them with my own love, and see it burn within them!” Am I simply imagining this? I don’t know . . . but the fact remains that it really encourages me to practice virtue. I have felt completely different since receiving the manifest grace of the Extreme Unction, and I want to become a saint at all costs, and do so by means of my extreme littleness and worthlessness.

Darling little Mamma, it is our Revered and beloved Mother’s immense pleasure to offer you, for your feast day, a General Communion here in the Community. It moves me to tears. What a valuable gift it is, don’t you think? You are so dearly loved here.

Your little sister offers you her traditional bouquet of five Communions because I have no other way of repaying the mounting debts I owe you.

Just one more word about my illness: our matchless Mother was assiduous enough to come every morning and evening and pray beside her poor child, helping me with my preparation and thanksgiving for Holy Communion. She gave up her free time to do this, and so my gratitude and filial love has grown more than words can say.

With all my love to you and our two darling little sisters.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


Our dear Srs Marguerite-Agnès and Joseph-Marie have asked me to send you their best wishes for a happy feast day.