From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - October 18, 1936

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - October 18th 1936

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 18th October 1936

Darling little sisters,

I’m quickly taking advantage of Mrs Lecourt’s trip to thank you for all your treats. We were able to participate in the jubilee celebration of Thérèse’s beloved godmother with many a sweet delicacy. The picture sent to our dear eldest sister showing the Holy Father making a sign of blessing is truly delightful!!!

I am deeply touched by the poem you composed, darling little Mamma (I recognise your hand), as well as the verse addressed to me. It really shows a mother’s tenderness for her child.

Don’t worry about my health; it’s nothing. I’m too pampered to fall sick. Our dearest Mother goes frantic at the slightest sign of trouble.

With lots of love and kisses

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


V + J!

October retreat 1936

My main resolution is to resist all urge to indulge in self-pity. – The way of spiritual childhood is the shortest and surest path to perfection and even to the holiness of my vocation. With this in view, I resolve to stop feeling downhearted and dwell on my faults as I’ve done up until now, because deep down, it’s a sign of pride. Tiny children often fall, but they are too small to do themselves any real harm, and what’s more, it’s no wonder that frailty itself is frail. – I therefore resolve to humble myself completely with regard to my troubles and weaknesses, and also to be very glad that they are visible and that I can be seen on the floor. That will certainly be a knock to my self-love! – I am overly touchy and sensitive. The least and often imaginary lack of consideration angers me. “My main battlefield is the recreation ground, for it is there that I need to be very tiny and humble” [Quotation from Thérèse]. – Jesus, meek and humble of heart, help me. – Like my holy little sister, I desire to be enlightened to my little insignificant self, or rather, to my great insignificance. That does me more good than any insight on faith.  

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


If it’s not indiscreet, I would like to read everything H.H. Pope Pius XI wrote on the picture.