From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - November 21, 1937

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - November 21st 1937

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 21st November 1937 

Beloved little sisters,

What an ineffable reunion this is!!! All four of us have renewed our holy vows under the protection of our heavenly Mother (the charming little Virgin Mary, aged three).

Our excellent confessor, Father Exupère, is a saint. The preparatory instructions he gave us on holiness were based on his own experiences, you can tell. He’s a flame of love. He asked me, little Mother, to pass on to you his sincere thanks for the beautiful relic that he so ardently desired. He loves our darling saint dearly. You can understand how much he must appreciate this 1stclass relic and how happy he is to possess it. He told me he saw you in the visiting room and that you raised your veil. He finds that Thérèse resembles you, and it’s very true.

Darling Godmother [Marie, Thérèse’s godmother], your letter brought me so much pleasure! It has been a long time since I had such a treat. Whatever you do, I beg of you, don’t tire yourself.

Thank you for the charming calendars. These Christmas presents bring us immense pleasure. We can no longer go without them.

I enjoyed dear Mrs Grant’s visit very much. I was very edified by everything she said. Father Exupère holds her in very high esteem. She is a member of the Third Order of St Francis.

Thank you for sending us the interesting letter from Annecy. We have already seen the cards. Building work on their great basilica isn’t progressing well, as in Lisieux, unfortunately. Anyway, God works in his own time . . .

I am marvellously well, darling little sisters. I do believe I’ll see the end of the world, though I would rather not. However I’m wholly resigned to God’s will, which is a great grace.

We’ll be in touch at Christmas, beloved little sisters

Sr Françoise-Thérèse Martin


Is it true that Mgr Canon Bouvet has left Lisieux? Who, then, has replaced him in the task of taking care of the little Altar Servers?

What trials you have suffered! We have had our share, too. Our dear chaplain had a similar turn as he was saying Mass, but it wasn’t as serious. It gave us such a scare. No, little Céline, we haven’t seen those slides.

Also, I’ve forgotten the name of the street where we stayed in Auteuil, Paris. Thank you for your kind letters. They bring such comfort to my poor little soul.