From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her two sisters in the Carmel - April 21, 1940

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her two Carmelite sisters - April 21st 1940

V + J! From our Caen monastery 21st April 1940

Darling little sisters,

The biography of our Godmother [Marie, Thérèse’s godmother] has just been read aloud in the refectory. Our sisters are delighted with it. In all truth, she too could say “I’m not dying, I’m entering into life.”

We are all under a great deal of strain at the moment. One of our sisters, aged only 47, is in death’s throes. We placed a lot of hope in her, and with reason, for she was very gifted. Still, we must consider all things as coming from God and going to God. Our dear Mother’s resignation is admirable; that’s why God doesn’t hold back with her. Her health is quite good, fortunately. Has your little sister recovered from her operation? I’m very upset by Canon Lahiton’s death. He wrote and spoke about our saint so well. The visit from the Oblates of Thérèse brought us great pleasure. Thank them for their little magazines. I’m deeply touched by the little keepsake sent from our distant Brother, and for his parcel of pious pictures. Would you thank him for me, darling little Mother?

I wish you a very happy and holy 71st birthday, beloved little Céline. I’ll give you a Communion.

Send us some cloth for relic sachets, please, but it’s not at all urgent. It can easily wait until dear Violette’s next trip.

Your tiny little sister who loves you very much and who’ll always be with you.

Sr Françoise-Thérèse