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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - March 19, 1916

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - March 19, 1916

+ Jesus                                                                                                     19th March 1916

Dear little Léonie,

Dear Francis went to heaven this morning at 7 o’clock. He had lost consciousness by 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Jeanne is apparently being very brave. She wants to do everything herself.

I don’t have much other information to give you, because we haven’t seen Jeanne since he fell ill. We know only that Francis’s life was very difficult under such conditions and that it’s a blessing his suffering didn’t last longer. Can you see him paralysed at the age of 50?

He had an arterial disease; clots that prevent the blood from circulating, which affects the heart and brain. He hadn’t spoken a sentence since he fell ill two months ago, saying only “yes” and “no” very rarely.

That’s life, but it comforts me to think that good health is no obstacle when God has decided to call us to Him, for no one was in better health than Francis!

I can’t help thinking that now he knows everything and can see how wrong he was about Alençon, Les Buissonnets, the Boutique, and also about the portraits of Thérèse, because he caused us pain. I think we have a certain power to shorten his time in purgatory and I’m going to pray hard for him.

I thank you for the little nurse’s handbook. We’re going to purchase one and send it back to you.

Goodbye, darling little sister. I send lots of love and kisses.

Your little sister 

Sr Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n.

I offer my affectionate respects to your Mothers.

Francis was administered Extreme Unction a fortnight ago, then recovered a little. He grew worse again 3 or 4 days ago. He had a nun and a military nurse caring for him and would get up for a few hours a day before his relapse.