From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mother Agnes of Jesus – October 11, 1931

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mother Agnes of Jesus – October 11, 1931

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 11th October 1931


Darling little Mamma,

Here I am back from my retreat once again, feeling renewed and confident that I have my three little sisters’ prayers, since the letter you sent me for the 30th told me you were with me. If only you knew how much joy you brought me, and the picture is truly a smile from heaven. I found this retreat particularly hard work. At times I was tired in body and mind. Ten days is a long time for me, especially given my weak moral strength.

I am fully surrendered to God’s will. I will live until the world’s end if that is His pleasure. And there’s more, because I even consent to seeing all three of you die before me. Isn’t that heroic? Yet deep down I feel that this won’t happen and that the divine thief was only waiting for His tiny creature to fully surrender to Him before carrying her away. What joy it would give me if this were true!

Look how kind our beloved Mother is; she let me take my retreat with the first group so that I wouldn’t be cold, because being ranked N° 20 this year, I was supposed to wait and go with the 3rd group.

I’m sending you my resolution, for are you not the little Mamma of my very poor little soul?

The pretty play has been copied out. We’re sending it back to you with a big thank you as we, too, are hoping to perform it.

Now that Mgr de Teil is dead, is his seal that authenticates our little Saint Thérèse’s relics still valid?

I had the book The Key to Happiness for my retreat. It takes our little saint’s doctrine, to which it is very faithful, and perfectly unites and adapts it to the spiritual exercises of St Ignatius. The author is one Jesuit priest whose name I can’t remember. To top it all, he recommends reading a chapter from The Spirit of Saint Thérèse every day, one that corresponds to the subject of the silent prayer. You can understand how delighted I was with it . . .

You have been prioress for about thirty years now, have you not, darling Mamma?

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

Sr Françoise-Thérèse