From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her two sisters in the Carmel - May 10, 1941

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her two Carmelite sisters - May 10th 1941

V + J! From our Caen monastery this 10th May 1941 

Dearest little sisters,

It feels I’ve been a long time without news, because I’m a spoilt child. I have an ugly face but a very warm heart, which makes up for it. Are you having trouble obtaining supplies? We are heading for a famine here, but we have invincible faith in Divine Providence, which has never let us lack anything yet. Our bread is almost black but good and wholesome all the same. It’s nothing compared to what we had during the great war of 1914, which was awful.

The precious health of our Mamma Lamb is stable, thanks to God. The dreaded abscesses are becoming rarer. May they disappear altogether!

Our beloved Godmother’s(1) biography is doing good to so many! Our dear Mother is very gladly sharing it with as many as she can, so you’ll understand how grateful she is for the last voluminous parcel. What a treasure!

You did very well, darling little Mother, to update the Annals with the precious letters of the holy friar (and worthy son) of Bl. Father Emard [= Eymard]. They must be doing good to so many, and opening the eyes of the many skeptics (some religious) who dare accuse our angelic Thérèse of being sentimental, and a soppy Saint. If that doesn’t inspire a shrug of pity . . . . A very sweet little Sister Marie-Véronique joined us on 6th May.

With all my love, which is very great, as you know,

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


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