From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - March 28, 1937

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - March 28th 1937

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 28th March 1937

Beloved little sisters,

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

How I long to have news from you, and especially from our beloved Godmother [Marie, Thérèse’s godmother] after giving us such a scare. Dear little sister, like me, you missed the train. That is why I empathise with your bitter disappointment whilst simultaneously sharing in everyone’s joy to be keeping you for however long God sees fit to leave you with us.

Even the longest life is nothing but a dot in space compared with the blessed eternity that awaits us, and tomorrow, yes tomorrow, we’ll contemplate together our risen Beloved in His glory.

Darling little sisters, are you at last rid of that nasty flu? It is so tenacious that even once kicked out the door, it keeps coming back in through the window. Our beloved Mother has been fighting to free herself and her daughters from it for six weeks now. She was very unwell with it, poor Mother! Yet as with everything else concerning her, we don’t dwell on it.

Whatever you do, don’t worry about me. I’m being spoilt, nursed and pampered. I do believe my Sisters want me to live to be a hundred (“our living relic”, they mischievously call me). In any case, it is very charitable of them to love and cosset me like this, despite my many faults. I see that our darling eldest sister is not hurrying to heaven. Her Spouse is at the door, the Adored Eagle is preparing to take His beloved to the eternal home of love. How enviable her lot is!  

As for you, darling Céline, now you are suffering too. Sweet Jesus’ passion is therefore spreading to His limbs, especially to those consecrated to Him. What an honour!

We would very much like to know what became of Agnès Prévost. Did she go back to America?

A hundred thousand kisses and all my affection

Sr Françoise-Thérèse