From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - September 3, 1939

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Genevieve (Celine) - September 3rd 1939

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 3rd September 1939

Beloved Céline,

Thank you, first of all, for your lovely letter. The magnificent ostrich feathers were white. They decorated your white felt hats beautifully(1), since you and Thérèse were always dressed the same. We should never have had them dyed. Thérèse’s was dyed garnet, and yours brown, I think. I picked these cornflowers from our inner courtyard myself. We’re more than happy to send this variety to you. Most of us didn’t know it. As for the cherry trees, they are a miracle of divine providence, because they were brought into our enclosure by birds a few years ago, and to top it all, they haven’t been grafted.

The whole of humanity is living in anguish, but we must have faith, faith, and more faith, through thick and thin. Victory is ours. Did Jesus our divine Liberator not say, “Do not fear, little flock, because it pleased your Father to give you His Kingdom. Yes, I will reign despite Satan and his minions.” Is France not also the Kingdom of Mary, more so than any other nation? What, then, do we have to fear?

Darling little Mamma, I understand perfectly that such admittances to the enclosure cannot be allowed, especially when it is to say Holy Mass in the infirmary. It was very wrong of me to ask for a privilege that is granted only to cardinals.

I send you my love, beloved little sisters. I am always with you. We are inseparable in Jesus and Mary, which is a foretaste of heaven.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


Note added by Sr Geneviève :

(1) For Pauline’s habit reception (large dull white plush hat) 6th April 1883.