From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - October 13, 1938

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - October 13, 1938

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 13th October 1938    

Beloved little sisters,

 How sweet it is for me to be able to write to you after the days of grace of my retreat. I undoubtedly owe the wave of peace flooding over me to your prayers. Continue them, I beg of you, so that I might faithfully keep my resolutions. I want to reply to the first bell ring, and conquer my excessive sensitivity in my relationships with others, particularly at recreations, and do so while casting a loving gaze at Jesus. Renouncing all things is not my strong point; I’m averse to all forms of subjection. Dear little sisters, we were so perfectly united on the 30th and we understand your disappointment at the cardinal’s absence. Alas! On this sad earth, joys can’t be untainted. This is fortunate in a sense because otherwise, having been made for heavenly bliss, we would easily grow attached to celebrations in exile.

We held a General Communion for our increasingly beloved Carmel, and our dear Mother kept me by her side all day, even in the refectory. Darling little Mamma, you have lavished us with so many gifts! Beautiful calendars, pious pictures and almanacs abound. You are so generous! Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude and we melt in thankfulness.

I was very pleased with the friars’ visit. I have very fond memories of it. I felt sorry for the Carmelite Father. He is so upset over his poor brother, who is truly a prodigal son. I assured him we would pray most ardently for his much desired conversion. – With love and kisses from the bottom of my loving and thankful heart

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


The Cardinal’s speech is ever so wonderful and touching. Thank you!!!