From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - February 16, 1936

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - February 16, 1936

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 16th February 1936

Darling little sisters, 

We may bid each other farewell before the Holy Forty Days, but we remain united because Jesus is the one link between us now and forever.

Jeanne no doubt forgot my feast day. I didn’t receive anything from her. She has eyes only for her Solange now, but the four of us are sufficient to ourselves.

I’m growing very old, dear little sisters, and am delighted of the fact, because I have the feeling that my exile is coming to an end. I’m still increasingly shaky, and this despite the treatment, for you should see how well nursed and pampered I am. Our dearest Mother is being doubly thoughtful and kind to her old child, whereas I don’t understand why she is so frightened of losing a good for nothing like me. A windowpane covered in cracks is so easily replaceable. It’s baffling. Don’t write to me if it’s too much trouble, darling eldest sister. Your neck is suffering from all the strain you are putting on yourself. I of all people understand what you’re going through because my shakes are painful too, but I’m resolved to keep fighting to the end because not being able to write to my beloved little sisters would be more than I could bear.

I’m not the first novice that our sorely missed Sister Marie-Aimée had, but the 1st to be professed after she became Novice Mistress in 1930. When I was on the brink of death, she threw herself at the feet of our little Saint Thérèse (whom she loved deeply) and said to her, “Dear little saint, please leave your little sister with us a while longer. Don’t take her away.” She was certain her prayer would be answered. Isn’t that touching?

Our dear Mother and I warmly thank the Mother Sub-Prioress for the lovely cards and keepsakes she kindly sent. We have offered a Communion for her. My dearest eldest sister will also be offered one for her 76th birthday. Happy birthday!!! I would like to know whether you and little Mother went to the Visitation of Le Mans to say goodbye to your teachers before joining the Carmel.

Your little visitandine who loves you so very dearly

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


I am on retreat at the same time as my little Céline.

I lose my balance very easily. I’m as wobbly as a house of cards. Blessed be God for everything. Heaven! Heaven! I love God and burn with desire to see Him.

You really deprived yourselves in giving us this box of sweets.

You see, you are overindulgent little sisters in every sense of the word.