From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her two sisters in the Carmel - November 25, 1940

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her two Carmelite sisters - November 25th 1940

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 25th November 1940

Beloved little sisters,

The holy season of advent is here. It may halt our pens but never our hearts, for they grow more united here in exile, as in the blessed eternity awaiting us. Our much-loved Mother, our veritable “slain Lamb” is feeling better, thanks to God. We hope to see her again soon. What joy! It’s very reassuring for us to know she’s receiving such good care and affection, because she attracts hearts like a magnet and is so welcoming it’s extraordinary. – I’m so happy I gave her the precious crucifix of our little St Thérèse to take with her. As for yours, darling little Mamma, it will and has already received a loving kiss from many people, including the bishop, who was very pleased to venerate it.

In exchange, I have our Mother’s one, for we all have a profession crucifix. As you know, beloved little sisters, mine is in the hands of our saint, in her reliquary. What an immense honour!

I’m in good health, but so helpless that I need a charitable arm to take me to Holy Communion. It’s good in a way because it helps one find peace. And what bliss it is to be able to add my little grain of sand to the collective purse. From your most loving little sister