From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - June 28, 1931

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Genevieve (Celine) - June 28th 1931

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 28th June 1931


Darling Céline,

I thank you for your interesting and affectionate letter as well as the photos. When the basilica is built, you’ll be able to see it even from your garden, which I’m delighted about because I rejoice in all your joy as I share in your sorrows.

I was rather afraid that Mr and Mrs Fleuriot’s property represented nothing but a source of problems and hassle for you on account of the family. I’m pleased to see that, thanks to God, everything is going well. I’ve prayed so hard for this project’s success.

You understand me ever so well, darling little Céline. Life is proving hard, very hard in fact, after having missed the train for the heavenly homeland. I am struggling because of it, but I love my suffering, and this is thanks to God, because He alone gives me the grace to love something so contrary to human nature.

I’m so touched that our darling eldest sister is praying that I will be the first of the four of us to die. There’s no greater pleasure she could give me. I love her even more for it if that’s possible. I don’t dare ask for this favour myself because it would be contrary to my path of self-surrender.

I believe she [Jeanne?] loves us more than her cousins on the Maudelonde side.

We’re already preparing the celebration we will hold on 17thand 18thAugust for our revered and beloved Mother.

On 2ndJuly, I will have been professed for 31 years. Time marches on but it doesn’t go fast enough for my liking. On that day there’s going to be a great celebration in our chapel in honour of the 3rdcentenary of the founding of our Caen monastery.

The flowerbed around our saint is looking delightful. The lilies and roses that symbolise her are in full flower. We thank our dear Carmel for giving us such a variety of rose bushes.

Many thanks for your dear letter, darling eldest sister, and for the missionary’s poem. It proves how dearly loved you are.

With my love to all three of you, and the fondest of kisses

Sr Françoise-Thérèse