From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mother Agnes of Jesus – January 28, 1941

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Mother Agnes of Jesus – January 28th 1941

V + J! This 28th January 1941

By Mother Marie-Agnes Debon:

Reverend Mother and beloved Godmother,

With dear Sister Françoise-Thérèse beside us, who is very happy and moved, we are admiring the magnificent reliquary you have just sent her, dear little Mother. There is such finesse in all the details. It really is beautiful and very tasteful! Thank you, thank you so much, dear Godmother, for spoiling us like this. And then there are the pretty pious pictures and booklets about our holy “Godmother”(1) in heaven, which will be given out tomorrow. How fortunate and privileged we are! Neither of us can find the words to express our deep and daughterly gratitude.

Jesus Himself and our blessed Father will deign to convey it for us in the prayer we shall offer tomorrow for all your intentions, revered and dearly loved Mother!

By Sr Françoise-Thérèse:

I am absolutely speechless. My heart is overflowing with love and gratitude. Come soon, heaven, for in this exile we can only stammer. That’s why I suffer so much.

I couldn’t live without my two “Mamma Lambs” or my darling little Céline.

Your little visitandine

Sr Françoise-Thérèse

Again by Mother Marie-Agnes Debon:

Our “Léonie” says I set her quite a challenge. Just imagine, darling Godmother, she wrote this without glasses!! Despite being in her seventies, her eyes haven’t aged, as you can see!! Nor has her heart, for it’s still full of tender affection for her dear little Mother-Mamma, her revered Sister Geneviève, and Sr Marie of the Trinity. And this, in unity with her poor and miserable little lamb who remains your deeply respectful and grateful servant,

Your very unworthy and most fortunate little goddaughter


Blessed be God!

(1) Marie of the Sacred Heart, Thérèse’s godmother.