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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - December 25, 1933

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - December 25th 1933

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 25th December 1933

Wishing you a very happy and holy feast of Christmas, beloved little sisters, 

It’s very cold, but our hearts are very warm, ready to receive Jesus, our sweet, divine Lamb. We all have colds here but they’re not serious, thank God, and I am the most robust of all of us. What about you? Do you have the flu too? I simply can’t wait for your news. You have been one with us for so long now that Mrs Lecourt will pass our circular letter on to you.

What fond anniversaries 1934 will bring! There will be your annual feast of St Agnes, and then your golden anniversary on 8th May, which will be a double fiftieth anniversary celebration because our little St Thérèse in heaven, and we on earth, will be celebrating the anniversary of her first encounter with Jesus. He really became the angelic child’s Master and King. Thérèse did in fact disappear like a drop of water in the shoreless ocean. Jesus took possession of His beloved’s heart, and made her a great saint. Mrs Hènault (our cousin) sent me the newspaper L’Echo d’Alençon so that I could read the article about her husband. It is most regrettable that such a good man didn’t receive the last sacraments. Was he in a lay clinic? Mrs Coulombe (Louise Rabinel), whom you said would visit me, my darling eldest sister, didn’t come, which is just as well because I hardly know her really.

I will finish how I should have begun, which is by sending you my best wishes, darling little sisters. Our Sisters Marguerite-Agnes and Joseph-Marie add their wishes to mine.

Your little sister

Sr Françoise-Thérèse who loves you so very dearly. Blessed be God!