From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - November 5, 1933

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - November 5th 1933

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 5th November 1933

Dearest little sisters,

I’m so touched and pleased to be able to share in the gifts you have given your Community like this, and to have a pretty little plaque for myself. And darling Céline has kindly deprived herself of her box of sweets for me. I’d like to be able to tell you how much gratitude and affection I have in my heart for your immense and ever-renewed kindness.

We have just received the calendars, both the large and small ones. They are not only more beautiful every year, but also more eagerly-awaited. There is certainly no other New Year’s gift that could bring us greater pleasure. There are quite enough calendars; plenty even. Generous little sisters, the almanacs are particularly interesting this year. How I love the portrait of our Holy Pope! I deeply regret that I was not able to stand before it as well. I certainly don’t deserve to be described as inseparable from you. Only your sisterly kindness, darling Céline, brings you to say this.

Mr Louis Pougheol was very pleased to have visited you. He closely resembles his brother Henri. As he happened to know that I was going to be 70 years old on 3rd June, he surprised me by sending us enough cakes for two desserts each, together with a most thoughtful note. The Pougheol family is very kind to me. They always show me affection and have very fond memories of you, too.

A very affectionate thank you for your dear letter, darling little Mamma. I’m not about to start taking bows again. Before I was ill, when I was 67, I could still bend the knee without too much difficulty. When you have an opportunity, I would like to have my retreat resolutions back. Knowing you like them encourages me. I’m counting on your prayers to faithfully accomplish them. I keenly felt the effect of them during my retreat; I was as though enveloped in them.

Once again, many, many thanks for this flood of blessings. My happiness is complete. How I do love you!!!!!!

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


The dredging of the river must be finished by now. I was afraid of foul odours making you all sick. Reassure me on this point, I beg of you. Would you, when you have an opportunity, give me Jeanne’s address? She is not generous like her father, our dear Uncle, and yet she takes after him.