From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - August 7, 1937

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - August 7th 1937

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 7th August 1937 

Dearest little sisters,

I beg of you, don’t worry yourselves over my swollen gland like this. It’s not at all nasty and I want to take it to my grave. It rolls under my fingers like a marble. It’s certainly not this that will kill me. I sense that God doesn’t want an operation, and as my perpetual vow of obedience in no way obliges me to have one, I don’t want to hear mention of the word.

Beloved little sisters, I’m so touched by your affection for me! Surely, if you were in my shoes, you wouldn’t want one either. I endured an operation for my ingrown toenails and for my knee, and that’s quite enough for me, surely. The little old woman that I am has the right to be left to die in peace, does she not? Our dear Mother (who is a true and increasingly loving Mamma) has left me absolute freedom in the matter, so I’m taking advantage of it, perfectly sure that my obstinate refusal won’t aggrieve her.

The letter from Cardinal Pacelli to the Bishop is indeed extremely lovely. Should I send it back to you?

In the firm hope that I’m not giving you the slightest cause for anxiety, dearest sisters, I remain your most loving little Sr Françoise-Thérèse.


On Violette’s next trip, please give her the parcel of relic cloth for the sachets. Thank you. It’s not at all urgent, and can easily wait until September.