From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6, 1938

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6th 1938

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 6th August 1938


Darling little Céline,

As an opportunity to send you my best feast day wishes presented itself on the 1st, I’m happily taking advantage of it, because when it comes to honouring my beloved trio, I’m always very eager.

The four of us don’t want the usual mundane wishes; we need to hear about our one True Love, the one who put so much love and unity in our hearts that we truly are fused as one. I love pondering our eternal reunion, for it helps me to bear all the miseries of exile.

Darling sister, as I had an extra Communion this morning, 1st August, it was with joy and eagerness that I offered it to you. As you can see, the two of us have remained inseparable.

I spoke to the two Turn Sisters from the Poor Clares of Alençon for a few minutes. One of them can remember the joy with which our matchless papa came to take me back to Lisieux. They suggested going to see you. They are on their rounds for alms and want to go on a pilgrimage to our saint’s glorious burial place.

And did our cousin Father Leriche make a good impression on you when he came to say Mass in your chapel? His mother sent me a card announcing his ordination. I wrote a brief reply, but sent it to her son. All is not well in Rome, and we are sorry to hear it. Our beloved and august Pontiff is being heavily persecuted, and we share in His Holiness’s suffering. What will become of it all? God only knows. Let us pray and offer ourselves in sacrifice. As His consecrated brides, it is our single duty to do so.

Wholly yours in the divine Heart of our sweet Jesus Christ, I forever remain your loving and faithful little sister.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse Martin

of the Visitation of Holy Mary


I still have in front of me the picture of my little boat making good headway in the bright trough of the wave. I’m glad to see it’s close to port. It’s so encouraging!