From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mother Agnes of Jesus – January 21, 1938

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mother Agnes of Jesus – January 21, 1938

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 21st January 1938

Beloved little Mother,

Happy and holy feast day! Our hearts are filled with great joy and increasingly sisterly and even daughterly love, for again this year, all three of us are able to lavish you with affection. Your little visitandine has come with her traditional bouquet of five Communions, knowing that Jesus can pay the many mounting debts I owe you, little doting Mamma.  

As for the light projections and other recent inventions, what do you want me to say, dear little sisters? Not knowing how to work them, we have reason to fear we would damage them. Thank you so much for kindly and thoughtfully offering to provide us with entertainment, but we don’t think we can accept. Darling little Mother, at the next opportunity, would you send us some relic cloth and braid for the sachet loops? To her great regret, dear Mrs Lecourt is growing weaker and weaker and cannot take charge of large parcels. Fortunately, we still have our devoted Violette. Our Mother has advised us to make the sachets more carefully. We were doing them too hastily.

Our dear Sisters Marguerite-Agnès and Joseph-Marie send you their best wishes for a happy feast day, darling little Mother.

Do you need any more jewels for the basilica monstrance? If so, a Turn Sister (a young widow) who is pronouncing her vows on the 25th would be happy to offer hers to Our Lord. She’s a real pearl.

Darling little Mother, having read the pontifical letter addressed to His Eminence the Papal Legate, don’t you find that in his reply, the bishop should have made tactful mention of the fourth sister, since she was present in heart and soul? This oversight, which was no doubt involuntary, hurt me deeply. You will understand this, as will our little sisters, for our four souls are very similar.

Our kind and thoughtful Mother told me that she kept expecting him to say my name. I remember our Holy Founder’s delightful words, “The splendour of the daughters of the Visitation is to be without splendour, and their glory lies in humility.” That is what suits me better than anything else!

Would you show me a photo of our distant Brother Mgr Natucci, the one who was a member of the Pontifical cortege? In union with the whole community, I send you all my daughterly love

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


Have you seen this new pious picture? We received it a few days ago. Isn’t it a complete fabrication? What you do think?