From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - November 21, 1932

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - November 21st 1932

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 21st November 1932

Beloved little sisters,

We bid one another farewell until the wonderful feast of Christmas, although we shall not be parted, because as we wait for the coming of the Verb Incarnate, we continually come together and our hearts beat in unison with Jesus’. Such was the case this morning when, together with the little 3-year-old Mary, we renewed our holy vows. It was the Rev. Abbot of Mondaye who received them (which was a great honour for us) after having preached the preparatory triduum. In each of his instructions, of which there were two per day, he spoke to us about our holy little sister. He admires her greatly. When I saw him with our revered and dearest Mother in the visiting room, he went on and on about her and her heavenly doctrine.

Thanks to your generosity, our beloved Mother had the immense pleasure of being able to give us these pretty pictures on her eightieth birthday. We also greatly admired the graceful and delightful reliquary that sat imposingly between our small, humble presents. In short, as always, you were there with us for this special and close family celebration.

To finish, darling little sisters, I’m overflowing with gratitude at seeing how indulgent God has been by taking all four of us to be his brides, and by making the one who was both fifth and first into a matchless, loveable saint, one who “moves both heaven and earth.”

Our darling Mamma’s wishes have been magnificently granted. Eternity will be too short to thank God for it.

How I long to see our family all reunited again up above. As we wait for that blessed day to come, we are already in the true vestibule of heaven, because, as the author of the Imitation says, “Those who possess Jesus carry heaven with them wherever they go.”

I am like a tiny child; I have surrendered myselfcompletelyinto my heavenly Father’s arms. Our Papa, God, will come to steal me away when He pleases. It is what He does that I love. From your little sister who cherishes you.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse Martin


P.S. I’m so sure that for New Year we’re going to receive calendars, almanacs, and one or two copies of my little Céline’s catechism (defending and developing little Thérèse’s Act of Oblation to Merciful Love) that we convey our great gratitude to you in advance. Such blessings would be sorely missed.