From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her two sisters in the Carmel - March 24, 1940

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her two sisters in the Carmel - March 24, 1940

V + J! From our Caen monastery Holy Day of Easter 1940 [24th March]

Beloved little sisters,

Let us lift up our hearts! The sorrows of exile increasingly invite us to do so, do you not think? Did the Messiah not have to suffer and then enter His glory? 

Darling little Mamma, our dearest Mother and I find the holy biography of Marie of the Sacred Heart very inspiring. It is so well written. The world is so evil to go and blacken an upstanding family like ours in this way. That just shows the jealousy of men. Is Our Lord not persecuted above all others? The disciple cannot be above the adored Master. It’s an honour for him to be treated as such.

Since our darling Godmother’s holy death [Marie, Thérèse’s godmother], I have grown considerably frailer, but, thank God, only in body fortunately, and I rejoice at the thought that our eldest sister is preparing to come for me soon. It is time; I will have been professed for fifty years next 2nd July.

Our beloved Mother doesn’t want to hear me say such things. She is pampering the wimp that I am more than ever, whilst my greatest desire is to die in her loving and motherly arms. She is extremely thoughtful. When we received the precious manuscript, she quickly brought it to me, wanting me to read it before her. I had to obey. Kind and dear Mother! She gave us a big fright at the end of Lent. She is too generous, and too brave . . . always wanting to do more than her feeble strength will allow. Darling Godmother, scold your goddaughter!! [The Mother Superior of the Visitation considered Mother Agnes of Jesus as her godmother.]

Beloved little sisters, my affection for you is boundless.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse