From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Marie of the Sacred Heart – October 12, 1924

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Marie of the Sacred Heart – October 12th 1924


From our Monastery of Caen

this 12th October 1924

Deo Gratias!!! Darling eldest sister, you have been returned to us and to our affection. You can flatter yourself on having given us quite a scare. You see, when threatened with losing a treasure, it becomes dearer than ever.

Knowing you were in such grave danger, the only prayer that I could say and which calmed me was, “God, Your will be done on earth as in heaven!”

Our beloved Mother and our little Sisters were ever so good and helpful to me during this shared hardship.

The letter from darling Céline touched me particularly for it is sensitive and more than sisterly. Thank her warmly for me, as well as our beloved little Mother who forgot her worries to think of mine.

God is so good to have given me all three of you even though I am most unworthy of His manifest favours. Thank Him for me, because I cannot and know not how to do it fittingly.

Little sister, you who are dearer to me than ever, I’m waiting for an opportunity to send you the books you request. Certainly, we do not expect more than these ugly fading portraits, but you must, of you please, send them back to us because we are very fond of them. You see, the 1st edition contains precious details that are not in the others, except, however, the Story of a Soul that was published following the beatification, of which you kindly gave us two precious volumes.

Does Mr Ménage still go to Lisieux every Saturday? If he does, we will entrust the parcel to him.

Farewell in God, beloved little sister. Let your sisters nurse you so as to relieve me of all worry. Don’t take the trouble to write to me, either, even though I would enjoy reading your letter, for I fear it would tire you too much.

I send you and our two darling sisters all my love, and you know how great that is. It is a foretaste of heaven.

Sr Fse-Therese