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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her two sisters in the Carmel - April 17, 1941

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her two Carmelite sisters - April 17th 1941

V + J! 17th April 1941

Darling little sisters,

I’m awaiting dear Violette’s visit. She is going to bring you my replies to your beloved letters.

I have no knowledge of the photo you mentioned, beloved Céline. I’m so touched by your feast day wishes. Your 72nd birthday on the 28th won’t go by unnoticed, believe me. All your anniversaries, much-loved sisters, are imprinted in my heart with indelible ink.

Having boundless faith in your discretion, say anything you like, though without mentioning [3 illegible, crossed-out lines] . . . It’s a miracle it had no lasting effect on me because I lived in constant terror(1). People out in the world wouldn’t understand it. It would discredit the letters of my passionately-loved Mamma.

Our dear Mother knows everything. Could I hide something from her? It would be impossible.

With the fondest of kisses, dearly beloved sisters

Sr Françoise-Thérèse

By Mother Marie-Agnes Debon:

Together with our beloved Sister Françoise-Thérèse, I send all my love and daughterly respects to my two dearest and revered Mothers, with whom I will remain closely united in soul always! In aeternum!!

Your poor miserable little lamb with her love and gratitude.

(1) Léonie is alluding to Victoire, a servant in the Martin family’s service who treated Léonie harshly without Zélie Martin knowing.