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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her two sisters in the Carmel - June 2, 1940

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her two Carmelite sisters - June 2nd 1940

V + J! From our Caen monastery 2nd June 1940

Darling little sisters,

I was very touched by your kind wishes. Thank you, beloved Mamma, for allowing me to soon follow our darling Godmother(1) to our true homeland. You see, it is I who should go first. I see that my last little note gave you food for thought . . . I was in a great deal suffering at the time.

I am wholly resigned, desiring only what God desires, because I am wholly His, and have been so for 40 years through my sacred vows.

I’m crippled with rheumatic pain. How blissful it is to be able to add my own grain of sand to the collective purse to save Rome and France. And this I do in the name of the Sacred Heart and also Mary, our Mother and Queen, who will not let this country perish. Have you heard from our cousin Pierre Leriche? What do you make of the unfortunate affair surrounding the King of Belgium? How dreadful! What treachery!!!

What a lovely portrait this is of our Godmother! It resembles her so well! Thank you! From your little sister

Sr Françoise-Thérèse

You see, much-loved sisters, I hide nothing from you with regards to my aches and pains. Don’t be upset.

Have you sown your cornflowers, darling Céline? Has your dear little Sister recovered from her operation?

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