From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - April 10, 1939

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - April 10th 1939

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 10th April 1939

Beloved little sisters,

How sweet it is to sing a joyful Alleluia together whilst still in exile. It’s a foretaste of the eternal ones to come.

The main reason for giving thanks to Divine Goodness is the much-desired election of our august and holy Pontiff Pius XII, the “Angelic Pastor”. He will continue to govern Holy Church in the same way as His Holiness Pius XI, because both beloved Pontiffs worked together. Let’s rejoice in God’s decisions though thick and thin, and despite the efforts of Satan and his minions. They’re making the most of things while they can, as they say.

We had the honour of having a visit from the Nuncio. He came to Caen to preside the 50thanniversary of the Society of St Peter the Apostle, which was founded by the Bigard ladies. You will remember, darling Céline, how clingy these pious ladies were when they caught us coming out of our chapel. Between you and me, I must admit they lacked tact. They were overly bold.

We owe the above-mentioned visit to our Thérèse, because His Excellency obviously wanted to meet the saint’s four sisters. He appreciates her heavenly doctrine, as his warm address amply proved.

It would be strange if the four of us could see each other now that we’re all relatively frail. But that’s old age and its regrettable consequences. Our Godmother [Marie, Thérèse’s godmother] is the most favoured of our unique and increasingly beloved Crucified Christ. “Did the Messiah not have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?” His brides must not and cannot be better treated than Him. It would be so shameful to be a weak member under . . .


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