From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - November 26, 1933

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - November 26th 1933

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 26th November 1933

Darling little sisters,

I bid you farewell, or at least my pen does, although it won’t be for long because there are only three weeks of Advent this year.

My darling eldest sister, thank you for your kind letter. I was patiently waiting for an opportunity to send you the one I wrote on 5th November, but it didn’t come until Saturday 18th. As you can see, there was nothing urgent in it.

Our dear Sister Pauline de Sales Besnard has just lost her eighty-one year old brother, Charles. She recommends him to your prayers as a friend of the Carmel.

Beloved little sisters, don’t be upset about my bouts of itching; it’s not worth it, and what’s more I could live for a hundred years dressed in this hair shirt, although I wouldn’t choose to, of course. I am being exceedingly well nursed. Yes, I certainly have been rewarded a hundredfold here below.

Soon it will be the joyous feast of Christmas! With fond kisses

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


Would you look in the biography of Bl. Teresa Margaret Redi and see whether I accidentally left the record of my yearly permissions in it along with the list stating which common belongings I’m using? They’re both written on the same piece of paper. I can’t seem to lay my hand on it. Thank you! And please send it back to me when you have the opportunity.