From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - April 2, 1934

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - April 2nd 1934

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 2nd April 1934


My increasingly beloved little sisters,

I am closely united to you on this day, for the great feast in honour of the adorable Saviour who suffered so much for us. Let’s rejoice to see Him so wonderfully exalted and glorified. Thank you for having sent us the programme.

I can’t wait to hear your news because this nasty book has deeply upset me. The devil detests our darling Saint and has really taken a swipe at her. The converted doctor who wrote it would do much better to look after his patients than meddle in things that are not his concern. This is a matter for Holy Church, whose decision was most magnificent on the subject of our Thérèse’s holiness. The author positively insults her and states facts that are completely untrue. Everything we read during Holy Week outraged us. We hope that this letter written in response to his will oblige him to keep quiet because it is an admirable retort.

Still, all such trials are typical of this earthly exile and cause us to aspire to our true homeland.

Your very resigned little note on the subject of this awful book did us a great deal of good, darling little Mamma, and sets me a good example of how to avoid becoming excessively angry.

We are thrilled with the lovely treaty by Rev. Fr Desbuquois about The Hope and Love of our Heavenly Father. Now here’s someone who understands our little Thérèse admirably. Just look how he applies and promotes her celestial doctrine! It’s such a comfort to us, and really helps us drink this bitter cup.

I found this harsh winter quite difficult to endure and almost always had a cold. Our dear Mother therefore kept a close eye on me and made me spend a good month down in the infirmary, so that I could be by a fire. See how spoilt and cosseted I am . . . .

Goodbye beloved little sisters, the fine day of the golden anniversary approaches. We are preparing for it with love and gratitude.

Your tiny little sister.

Françoise-Thérèse, who cherishes you