From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6, 1933

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6th 1933

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 6th August 1933


Darling little Céline,

I make sure I don’t let this inexpressible feast day go by unnoticed. It’s a foretaste of the happiness we’ll share in heaven when we see our Beloved face to face. Unlike the Apostles, who gazed upon the transfigured Christ on Mount Tabor for a few moments, we shall contemplate Him for eternity, so that we may rejoice in Him. We must suffer a great deal for Him, and He Himself set us the example. “Did the Messiah not have to suffer these things in order to then enter into His glory?” Darling little sister, let us mutually help each other. Let us resolutely walk in the bloody footsteps of sweet Jesus Christ. We’ll soon reach port. In the meantime, have a happy and holy feast day! Let’s live in joy despite everything! . . . I’m giving you a Communion since those who have Jesus have everything. Do you still have toothache and are your heels still painful?

Is it true that the building work on the Basilica has stopped?

Father Leroy, a friend of the community, would very much like to become a friend of the Carmel as well. He has been nominated Professor at the Fournet Institute in Lisieux. Your chaplain and Fr Germain know him very well. He has said Mass in our chapel very often over the last three years or so, and I have said the Mass responses on many such occasion. He loves our little St Thérèse enormously and he is very pleased to have been placed not far from her shrine.

We are preparing for our beloved Mother’s feast day next week. It’s one thing after another in this old world. We look forward to the celebrations of Heaven when they’ll be no evening.

I send my love to you, darling little sister, and to our two dearest eldest sisters, and the fondest of kisses . . . your Léonie

Sr Françoise-Thérèse Martin

of the Visitation of Holy Mary


P.S. We were so touched to receive the delicious Theresian honey. You are so thoughtful! It’s so kind of you to share everything with us, but nonetheless, you should have an equal share, otherwise it would move us to tears.

We have more and more reason to rely on Our Lord to settle all our debts . . . .