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

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

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

Beloved little sisters,

I’m longing for an opportunity to send my thank you letter because you lavished me with so many lovely treats for the 40th anniversary of my profession. The big blue banknote made me weep. How generous of you considering the sad times we’re living in! Still, my heart is so full of love and gratitude that it’s overflowing. Only in heaven will you know how much joy you bring me on earth.

As for our dear Mother, she is so kind to her old child. She was overjoyed to show me the many valuable treasures that our increasingly beloved Carmel had sent. Little sisters, I’m sending you the touching card she gave me. On it were laid three bars of chocolate. Isn’t that delightful!

Our hearts are filled with anguish. . . What appalling events! There are nothing but ruins to be seen everywhere! What hellish hatred. It’s enough to make you weep tears of blood. But through thick and thin, we hope, because our God is a Father. He is but love and mercy!

Calvados has been spared up until now thanks to the shrines dedicated to our Heavenly Mother and our sower of roses. Did she not say, “I want to spend my heaven doing good on earth.”

What has become of dear Father Pierre Leriche?

Do you know, darling sisters, whether Alençon has been preserved? Sées has been sorely tried. To our great regret, we cannot celebrate our beloved Mother’s feast day this year on account of the regrettable times we’re living in. And the golden anniversary of our little Thérèse’s profession certainly won’t go by unnoticed in our hearts.

Little Céline, I’m fully intending to write to you for your feast day, but I’m waiting until someone makes the trip because we don’t want to entrust anything to the postal service anymore. You understand, don’t you? The keepsakes of our darling Godmother do me such good! [Marie had been Thérèse’s godmother] I still have the picture of Jesus calming the storm in front of me. It’s so charming; it delights me. My Jesus is so striking . . .

Accept, little sisters, my thanks and all my affection, which couldn’t possibly be any greater,

Sr Françoise-Thérèse