From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - April 19, 1941

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - April 19, 1941

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 19th April 1941

Darling Céline,

I asked our dear Sister-archivist for the dates. It was much safer. I liked our dear Sister Marie de Sales very much. She was a very fervent nun, but what can I say, it will always be the very few who can guide souls to where God wills them to be, and we mustn’t try to preempt His timing. Yes, it is Besnard Monchet on the photo of Uncle. I’m only familiar with the one of him as a student, where he’s between his sisters, Aunt and Mamma.

I wholeheartedly forgive my persecutor and I’m very grateful to her for having nursed our darling Mamma during her last illness with affection and true devotion1. Darling little Mamma, I could well die suddenly. My heart is being constricted by my ribs, which are on top of each other. I choke when I cough and sneeze. It’s almost enough to make me cry, “I’m too small to be damned. Little children are not damned.” I’m hoping to fall into Jesus’ loving and merciful arms. I’m not afraid of Him.

Thank you for the pious pictures, our Angelic Pastor’s very touching prayer and the lovely Pastoral letter written by our dear Cardinal in Paris, who still shows us so much fatherly affection.

What’s your new novice’s name? I’m so happy to hear you are recruiting again. I was very worried.

Your excessively-loving little sister,

Sr Fse-Thérèse


1 Léonie is talking about Victoire, a servant in the Martin family’s service who treated Léonie harshly without Zélie Martin knowing.