From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - April 19, 1938

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - April 19th 1938

V + J! 19th April 1938  

Darling little sisters,

Writing in bed is very difficult for me, though let me quickly reassure you that there’s absolutely nothing serious wrong with my health; it’s just a precaution, that’s all. I say “Alleluia” all the same, through thick and thin. Did our adored Christ not have to suffer in order to enter into His glory? All those consecrated to Him must imitate their Divine Leader crowned with thorns, must they not?

Beloved little sisters, there has been a veritable flu epidemic here, with two serious cases among our younger sisters. One of them, a real paragon of virtue, has flown away to heaven. Her crown was already complete.

Our dear Mother is admirably bearing these many ordeals, which include the operation and death of her only brother. God isn’t holding back with her. He is treating her like the strong and generous soul that she is. Her charity inspires admiration in all of us. We only have to look at her to know what side to be on.

I’m finishing my little note in pencil because the inkwell is overflowing. I wouldn’t have dreamt of using it in bed, because I surely would have worked a little miracle of my own, and it certainly wouldn’t be worthy of canonisation.

I send you more love in suffering, because it unites us very closely.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


Your letters are invaluable to me and reassuring. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Not one of your dear anniversaries is forgotten, so on 6th April, the 55th anniversary of my darling little Mamma’s investiture, I will take a Communion for my increasingly beloved Carmel.

These pictures of our angelic little sister are so pretty!