From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - March 28, 1932

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - March 28th 1932

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 28th March 1932

Darling little sisters,

How sweet and blissful it is to be reunited after six weeks of silence, although our hearts will never be silent . . . 16thFebruary was a day of heavenly joy because it was the prelude to my darling little Mamma’s golden anniversary in two years’ time.

How delightful it is to celebrate the anniversary of the day when Jesus called His beloved, whom He wished to marry in the forever blessed Carmel of Lisieux.

Many, many thanks for having shared your family celebration with us. The poems and songs are delightful and of exquisite finesse. We’re returning Rev. Father Desbuquois’ fine retreat address to you. Thank you for having allowed us to copy it; Sr Marguerite-Agnès did it in no time at all as his writing is easy to read. I couldn’t undertake such a task, because I can no longer write for long periods of time. However, I didn’t expect to recover so much of my strength. I was able to fast two days a week without feeling tired. I’m wondering whether I’ll live to the end of the world. I can’t understand it at all. I surrender myself into Jesus’ arms like a tiny child, and with my eyes closed I say to Him over and over again, “O my King, when shall I see you in Your glory?” Well, when He’s sick and tired of listening to me, the divine thief will come and steal me away so that I can sing Alleluia up above, if He’s willing to take mercy on this poor sinner, as I dare hope He will be.

Thanks to God, our beloved Mother is quite well, but being very careful. Her daughters are happily and lovingly lavishing her with attention. There are many elderly among us; they are our mountains of gold. You, darling eldest sister, are a particularly great one; you are very valuable to your Carmel, and to me as well. If only you knew how much I love you. I can’t dispassionately envisage you disappearing. My God, how selfish of me! Have pity on me.

I understand your reluctance, darling little Mamma, regarding the upcoming celebrations, but they will bring so much glory to God. If Mgr Suhard could be a cardinal and attend as Papal Legate, we would be very pleased. Was it you who composed the lovely prayer to our saint in favour of world peace? I find that Mr Romet resembles his great uncle Mr Vital. We had a delightful evening on the Sunday before Shrove Tuesday looking at the pretty slides with our magic lantern. Yet in my opinion, it doesn’t compare with the light projections I saw at your Carmel. In any case, our Mothers and Sisters were delighted; so much the better. It’s so unfortunate that the glass slides of the “Little Way” are damaged. All things that pass matter little. Let’s lift up our hearts, which, even here in exile, are perfectly united    

Sr Françoise-Thérèse