From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - October 17, 1939

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - October 17th 1939

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 17th October 1939 


Beloved little sisters,

Our Premonstratensian said his second Mass here this morning. He’s a very good friar, and full of promise. We beg Thérèse, in whom he has great faith, to cure him, but his resignation to divine will is touching. Still, his dearest wish has come true because he is a priest. I explained to him that it wasn’t possible for him to enter the enclosure and celebrate a Mass at the shrine of the infirmary, telling him that only Most Excellent Cardinals had such a privilege. I also told him that the young priest who was ordained in our chapel is the nephew and brother of three of your nuns and that even he didn’t enter, but said his first Mass outside.  

Darling little sisters, here is my retreat resolution: “Until now I have more or less been wasting my time, going nowhere as a result of always withdrawing into myself. I recognise that by doing so, I have been distancing myself from my ideal, the spiritual childhood I love so dearly. Darling Thérèse, experienced and accomplished Master of this heavenly virtue, help me, I beg of you, to practice it, to become more and more humble and little, more submissive, and more surrendered to the direction of those who have charge of my very poor little soul.”

We have great faith in the vision that took place on 25th July. God is with us and for us. Our sorrows are nearly over. We must certainly hope so. Faith, faith and more faith!

Do pray for our beloved Mother, for she is in a great deal of pain. It is very worrying. We’re terrified of losing this Treasure.

From your little sister, who loves you so very much

Sr Françoise-Thérèse