Sr. Anne to Sr. Ignatius June 25, 1926

Carmel of Lisieux

June 25, 1926

 

My dear Sister Ignatius,

I thank you for the subscription for the annals.  As our money is very low, the $2. will pay for two years.

I am very sorry to hear that you suffer of your eyes and I pray that they may be cured soon.

We are very glad to know that you do not measure our affection for you by the reception we make to any of your friends, for being obliged to refuse the parlour, you would be quite mistaken.  We are obliged to be very strict, as you can easily understand.  We care so much for our life of solitude.  For the French correspondence we have the help of Carmelite tertiaries, Sisters who live quite close to us.

Daily there are pilgrimages, but we are not busy with them at all.  All is arranged with the Director of the pilgrimage who is very careful not to accept any of the time of our own exercises in the choir.  Thus our life is quite solitary.  I hope the Rev. Mother Beatrix is keeping well also all the sisters.

Your intentions will be warmly commended to our Saint and I trust that you will soon feel that she is not deaf to your solicitations.

I commend to your prayers my Dear Mother who died  a holy death on March 8th.  She was surrounded by all her children and several grand children.  I was the only one missing but I hope that our Saint was there in my place and that she introduced her direct in Heaven.  It is a great consolation for me to know there was a priest near my dear Mother, till the end.   Her absence is keenly felt by all of us, our consolation is to think that she enjoys the reward of her virtues and that soon we will join her to sing the mercies of the Lord forever.

Please give my loving respect to Rev. Mother Beatrix and Mother Prioress and to all the sisters, specially to your dear self, my sisterly affection.

Yours very sincerely in our Lord,

Sr. Anne of Jesus

Sr. Anne of Jesus to Sr. Ignatius November 25, 1925

                                                  J. M. J. T.

                                                                                                                  Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                                                                  November 25, 1925

 

My dear Sister Ignatius,

  I received your kind and interesting letter on the 13th inst. [the current month] and would have acknowledged it sooner, only I was awaiting the photographs of your chapel as you said you would send them.  So far they have not come, so I think I am better not to wait any longer to thank you for your letter and donation.  I hope the photographs are good and that they will come soon as we care very much for them.  Your chapel was surely a “bijou” [jewel], for after what you say of the decorations it was surely marvelous.  But what was still more marvelous was the love with which all this was done.

Our saint knows all the time and patience it has taken to prepare such a splendor and above all she sees the love.  As her motto is always “Love is repaid by Love,” see what an amount of sisterly love she must have for you all.

  Many thanks for the programme of the Tridium.  But I have not the cuttings you speak of.  Oh! How proud Srs. Mary & Stanislaus must have been of their Carmel.  Now they see plainly all that has been done there for the glory of our saint.  I think of these dear Sisters and of Rev. Mother Beatrix who did so much from the beginning and I like to remember our saint of it [remind our saint of it], not forgetting all the dear Mothers & Sisters of Phila. who, in a way or another have also helped.

  I regret so much to say that we cannot give any relic of the bones as we have no more to dispose of.  We could send to the good priest a relic “expulvere sepulchri mixto pulveri corporis.” [you are dust, mixed with the dust of the grave].  It is the best we have and keep it for churches.  We cannot send it in a reliquary but in a small packet sealed with the postulator’s coat of arms.  It must be put in a reliquary, and then the bishop gives a written authentic. [authentication].

  On the 27th December we will have a solemn Te Deum to thank God for the blessings of this year of the Canonization, and on the 31st Dec. in union with Rome and the whole Church  we will have one also for the jubilee year.  However we can say that the feasts are finished and now that we

find our usual life we seem to enjoy more the souvenirs of the feasts than the feasts themselves.  As said our Rev. Mother it seems as it must have been after the Resurrection, the apostles had to return to their fishing, to earn their bread but how transformed, after all the graces they received, their profession was to them.

  I hope you are not too tired and that Rev. Mother Beatrice is keeping well.  Please give her my respectful love, for indeed I love her as much as her own daughters do.

  In case I cannot write before Xmas I send my best wishes to Rev. Mother and to all the Sisters for a happy Xmas and holy new year.  Commending myself to your good prayers, I remain, dear Sister Ignatius, your loving sister,

Sr. Anne of Jesus

We have no paper petals with English wording.

Sr. Anne of Jesus to Sr. Ignatius July 7 1925

                                  J. M. J. T.

                                                                                                                  Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                                                                  July 7, 1925

 

My dear Sister Ignatius,

  First I must apologize for my long delay in thanking you for your kind letter and enclosure.  I need not explain to you the reason of my delay, for you know it well.  It is not assuredly forgetfulness for I think of you very often.  Yes, I often think of my dear sisters of Philadelphia, those on earth and those in Heaven.  On the day of the canonization I congratulated dear Sisters Stanislaus & Mary, for both must have felt a special joy on this day of triumph which by their prayers & labour they helped so much to hasten.

  I always feel moved when I think of them, and how often do I say to our little saint that if we gave to her English speaking clients – so many books & pictures to make them good, she owes it to Rev. Mother Beatrice who gave leave to her daughters to work, and to Srs. Stanislaus & Mary who encouraged me so much to make the editions and helped so wonderfully to dispose of them.  Then Sister Francis & your dear self succeeded to your little saints and thus Saint little Thérèse owes quite a lot to your dear Carmel, and we too.

  We try to repay you in praying for you all and doubtless our little saint will do so in granting you the roses you all desire:  that of an ever increasing love for Our Lord.

  Many thanks for the details of the celebrations of May 17 in Phila.  I hope you will be able to obtain the account of the blind child cured.

  I hope you received the Journal des Pélerins [Journal of Pilgrims]; as our Rev. Mother said in her circular, a benefactress has paid the subscription for one year to all the Carmels; so as you paid for one, you will in future receive two copies of the ed. de luxe; you might like to give the second copy to some friends.  As for the pictures, I sent your order to the Office Central but they could not supply the 4 pp.rotogravure leaflets as they are not yet ready.  There are no coloured pict. with English text.

  I will send you 500 new novenas.  I hope you are all keeping well.  We are just having a seven day feast after the consecration of our chapel.  Tomorrow there will be six bishops & one Cardinal.  It is quite glorious and we trust that the shower of roses falls abundantly on all.  Our greatest seven day feast in honour of our little saint will take place Sept. 24 to 30th.  I commend to your prayers my eldest brother who died a very holy death on April 22nd.  R.I.P.  All the community unites in sending to Rev. Mother Seraphim, Mother Beatrice and all the sisters, warmest greetings.  Assuring you, dear Sister of my sisterly affection, I remain, your loving sister in Our Lord.

  [no signature – indeed there was no room on page for her signature]

Sr. Anne to Sr. Ignatius July 7, 1925

J. M. J. T.

Carmel of Lisieux

July 7, 1925

 

My dear Sister Ignatius,

First I must apologize for my long delay in thanking you for your kind letter and enclosure.  I need not explain to you the reason of my delay, for you know it well.  It is not assuredly forgetfulness for I think of you very often.  Yes, I often think of my dear sisters of Philadelphia, those on earth and those in Heaven.  On the day of the canonization I congratulated dear Sisters Stanislaus & Mary, for both must have felt a special joy on this day of triumph which by their prayers & labour they helped so much to hasten.

I always feel moved when I think of them, and how often do I say to our little saint that if we gave to her English speaking clients – so many books & pictures to make them good, she owes it to Rev. Mother Beatrice who gave leave to her daughters to work, and to Srs. Stanislaus & Mary who encouraged me so much to make the editions and helped so wonderfully to dispose of them.  Then Sister Francis & your dear self succeeded to your little saints and thus Saint little Thérèse owes quite a lot to your dear Carmel, and we too.

We try to repay you in praying for you all and doubtless our little saint will do so in granting you the roses you all desire:  that of an ever increasing love for Our Lord.

Many thanks for the details of the celebrations of May 17 in Phila.  I hope you will be able to obtain the account of the blind child cured.

I hope you received the Journal des Pélerins [Journal of Pilgrims]; as our Rev. Mother said in her circular, a benefactress has paid the subscription for one year to all the Carmels; so as you paid for one, you will in future receive two copies of the ed. de luxe; you might like to give the second copy to some friends.  As for the pictures, I sent your order to the Office Central but they could not supply the 4 pp.rotogravure leaflets as they are not yet ready.  There are no coloured pict. with English text.

I will send you 500 new novenas.  I hope you are all keeping well.  We are just having a seven day feast after the consecration of our chapel.  Tomorrow there will be six bishops & one Cardinal.  It is quite glorious and we trust that the shower of roses falls abundantly on all.  Our greatest seven day feast in honour of our little saint will take place Sept. 24 to 30th.  I commend to your prayers my eldest brother who died a very holy death on April 22nd.  R.I.P.  All the community unites in sending to Rev. Mother Seraphim, Mother Beatrice and all the sisters, warmest greetings.  Assuring you, dear Sister of my sisterly affection, I remain, your loving sister in Our Lord.

[no signature – indeed there was no room on page for her signature]

 

Sr. Anne to Sr. Ignatius October 10, 1924

Carmel of Lisieux

October 10, 1924

 

My Dear Sister Ignatius,

I was delighted to see your dear writing again.  It was such a long time I had heard of you. [in French de: of or from – here from is needed]  Indeed I was not very surprised for I know how busy you are and consequently that you had no time for an extra letter.  Yet I found it was a very long silence and the joy to receive your letter was all the more felt.  I thank you for the same and for the donation enclosed.

I thank you for your kind wishes for the 30th September.  Though your letter had not come for the feast I was sure you were here in spirit and I prayed our Beata to give you a nice feast day.

I am sure you had a nice celebration.  Here we had a solemn one and we hope that much good has been done in souls.  I don’t give you any details as we have sent you the “Journal des pèlerins” [Journal of pilgrims] giving the account of the feast.

We are very sorry to hear that Rev. Mother Beatrix has been so ill.  We pray that she may be left to you for many years.  I love her so much that I understand your feelings towards her.  I am sure you will not think I am too bold if I tell you that I love her as much as her own daughters do.  Please ask her to bless me and to pray for me.

Our Rev. Mother is better thank God.  Our dear Sr. M. of the Sacred Heart has just been very ill, she is still in bed, but today the doctor has declared her out of danger.  I assure you that we have been very anxious all this last week.  She was suffering from a bad form of pneumonia with complications of infection of the liver.  The Holy Father has deigned to send her by telegram, his blessings.  Needless to say that it is a great joy for our dear Sister and for all the Community.

We pray for all the intentions and hope that you will be able to finish your enclosure well before the winter.  Let us ask our Beata to come and help the workmen.

Here we will have big works to make at the shrine, to put several lamps and to arrange some new things for the Canonization; it is not easy to do such works with the continual pilgrimages coming.  Of course we will wait the end of November and December when there are less pilgrims but there are always a good number; if only we had hopes that things will be made quietly but the workmen are so scarce and they come so irregularly!  Please say a little prayer for this intention.  Our Reverend Mother to whom I join sends to your dear Rev. Mother her love and best wishes and I pray you, dear Sister, to believe your ever affectionate sister in Our Lord,

Sr. Anne of Jesus

P.S.

I hope you will find occasions to write us from time to time.

 

Sr. Anne of Jesus to Sr. Ignatius February 2 1924

                                  J. M. J. T.

 

                                                                                                  Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                                                  February 2, 1924

 

My dear Sister Ignatius,

I thank you for the donations which you have kindly forwarded to us and I beg of you to thank the donors, though I presume you have already done so.  Also tell them that we pray for their intention.

We were specially touched by the so generous donation of the poor servant.  If we had her address we would send her some little souvenir.

Yes, dear Sister, the Life in pictures is just published in English.  The translation of the verses has been made by rev. Mother Augustine of Santa Clara.

There is no recent edition of the large Breviary and I don’t think there will be any more of them in France.  The last editions are large 9 inches x 6 ½.  In the first years of the foundations our mothers had large books like yours with and extra psalter but for many, many years, we have the 9 x 6 ½ Breviaries containing the psalms and everything.   Now since the reform of the Breviary we have a small psalter for each day.

We don’t know the new edition of Desclée of which you speak.

As regards to the helios 27 x 17 no. 11, since they did not reach you, I suppose they were not sent, so I will send you a refund (word is not clearly written) now.

I hope you received the circular of our dear Sister Philomena.  We miss her very much for we loved to pay a visit to this dear holy sister and hear her speak of God’s mercy.

I hope you are all keeping well and that winter does not try you too much.  You don’t tell me how you are, yet I would like very much to know it.

Don’t fail to tell me when you write.

We are making for our Annals, an album of all the photographs we have of the chapels

of Carmels during their Tridiums.  If a photograph has been taken of your chapel when you had your Tridium you would please us very much in sending us a copy of the same.  Any size will do.

  Commending myself to your good prayers and assuring you of mine, I remain,

  my dear Sister Ignatius,

  Yours sincerely in Xst, [the word Christ assuredly abbreviated]

  Sr. Anne of Jesus

Sr. Anne to Sr. Ignatius January 10, 1924

J.M.J.T.

Carmel of Lisieux

January 10. 1924

 

My Dear Sister Ignatius,

Your kind letter of December 15 and the draft it contained reached me on the 31st, but I found it impossible to acknowledge it sooner.  As ever days are too short for the work we have to do though things are not so hard as they were from March to November.  We feel the help of our good tertiary sisters.  As for myself I have no help directly from them yet in some ways I feel their assistance.  This year will be less “mouvementée” [eventful] than 1923, but we need take some provision of strength for 1925 as we hope that the Canonization will take place in that year.

Though the solemnity will be greater, yet there will be less to do than for the Beatification, and things being well organized now it will be easier to meet the two ends.

Many thanks, Dear Sister for your nice programme and the account of the Tridium.  It was really grand with the cardinal and so many bishops.  Have you not a photograph of your chapel as it was during the Tridium; we collect such photos though small they are and we would like to have that of Phila. if you had any taken.

We regret very much you didn’t receive the news that the Office of our Beata could be said on Sept. 30th.  I thought our Mothers of Montréal had the addresses of all the Carmels in the U.S., otherwise we would have wired to you.

Please thank the good lady who sent $1. To our Rev. Mother and tell her that her Reverence prays for her.  The lumbago has gone, thank God; but Rev. Mother since her illness of last March is rather delicate.

Your dear Sr. M. Philomena has gone to Heaven on January 5th.  We feel her departure for we loved and venerated her as a saint and indeed she was one.  She died as she had lived: in praying.  She was 84 years old.  Though we are more prompted to pray to her than for her, I commend her to your prayers.

I hope you are all keeping well and that will not be too hard on you.

I remembered you at the crib and hope that our Divine Savior has heard my prayer for you.  If so, He has granted you a very holy and happy Xmastide. [Christmastide]

With loving greetings to Reverend Mother Prioress and all the Community, I remain my Dear Sister Ignatius, your devoted Sister in Our Lord,

Sr. Anne of Jesus

Sr. Anne to Sr. Ignatius August 28, 1923

Carmel de Lisieux                                                                                                       Lisieux (Calvados)

August 28, 1923

The Mother Prioress of Lisieux to M.______________

 

My Dear Sister Ignatius,

Doubtless you will think that I use a queer paper to write to you.  Well, we owe this paper to one of our “fournisseurs.” [suppliers]  I think you say tradesman in English but I am not sure.  The good man thought that we used such poor  paper to write to him that he wanted to do us the service to supply us with paper worthy of our “Rev. Mother’s personality.”  So he sent us quite a lot of these sheets of paper which of course we use only “en famille.” (in the family).  Some years ago a printer who did not understand anything of the religious poverty had sent splendid cards with the name of our Rev. Mother engraved.

T thank you dear Sister for your so kind letter and the draft also of the bank note.  I send you herewith your receipted accounts.  Many thanks to the donors for the generous donation sent.  All their intentions will be prayed for during the novena for Sept. 8th.

I suppose you had news of the Tridium of August.  Cardinal Dougherty has won the hearts of all those who have seen him and he was delighted with all the ceremonies and the reception made to him.  He said the Conventual Mass on the Monday and he celebrated in the Infirmary of our Blessed one on the Thursday.  He has edified everyone by his piety.

I have no time to give you details but later we will send you an account.  On the Monday we had in our chapel 120 masses, on the Tuesday 140, and on the Wednesday 170, not including the masses said by the cardinals, bishops, and some privileged priests accompanying the cardinals, in the infirmary and at Les Buissonnets.  And all said the Mass of the Beata.  [beatified one]

Now the feast is fixed to September 30th under the rite Double 2nd class for the Carmel of Lisieux; double major for the other monasteries, and double minor for the diocese of Bayeux., with a mass and an office “propres.” [with its own office].  It is such a great privilege as since the new rubrics they do not accept special offices.  The Holy Father himself revised the Office as he did the Mass and he added some text.  We have the copy corrected by him and we keep it as a treasure.

You are very kind to offer me not to reply to your letters;  I will occasionally take advantage of your offer, but I hope Our Lord will not always ask this sacrifice of me and that I may have sometimes the leisure to write you, as it is rather a pleasure for me.

When you have your Tridium I hope that you will send us the account of the same.

Please continue to pray for us all, for me specially, also for our dear Sister M. du Scare Coeur [Sister Marie of the Sacred Heart] who suffers very much from rheumatism.

All your order has been sent except the helios which are still missing, but we expect them at any date now.  I am glad to say that the rotogravures (intaglio printing process] will sell at 4/per 100 net for our Carmels.  As the demand has been large enough we had a larger edition made and it is cheaper.

I hope you received all the goods in perfect condition.

With sisterly love and ever in union of prayers I remain,

Dear Sister Ignatius, yours affectionately in Our Lord,

Sr. Anne of Jesus

Sr. Anne to Sr. Ignatius July 13, 1923

J.M.J.T.

Carmel of Lisieux

July 13, 1923

 

My dear Sister Ignatius,

Your note of June 29th just to hand. (meaning probably ‘just in hand’).  I wish I could send you the particulars you desire, but the group above our altar was made after our Rev. Mother’s inspiration and under her supervision, yet, as it was paid by a benefactor, the model is not ours.  And to our great disappointment this benefactor does not want it to be reproduced.  He wants it to be special to the Carmel of Lisieux.  Is it not a queer idea?  I think it is and that one day he will change his mind and let reproductions be made of it.

As for the medals, relics of the bones, have you not received any?  Father Elia told us you had received one, and that all the Carmels of the U.S. had been supplied.  Please let us know the result of your application to Rome.  If necessary we will remind Fr. Rodrigo of his promise.  I hasten to close this note as the mail is going tonight and I must give my letters in a few moments.

Here in union of prayers and with best wishes,

I remain,

Dear Sister Ignatius,

yours sincerely in Christ

Sr. Anne of Jesus

 

 

Sr. Anne to Sr. Ignatius June 2, 1923

 

Carmel of Lisieux

June 2, 1923

 

Dear Sister Ignatius,

It is indeed a long time that I received you kind letter and enclosure.  I did not think I would delay so much to acknowledge same, but I am sure you understand easily how my time is taken by all the extra work of the last months.

I hope you received at least the books we sent you, also the copy of the Mass.  Thus you know we are not forgetting you.  The feast of Blessed Thérèse is fixed to Sept. 30, for our Holy Order.  So your Tridium will be for her first official liturgical feast.  You will have received ere this the account of our tridium, so I will not say any more about it.

Re. the statues, the firm to whom we gave all our models would not have any made abroad; they want to survey the execution of their models.  But if you want one in marble it would cost about 7000 for no. 6, 1m.50

10500 for no. 6, 1m.80

6500 for n. 5, 1m.50

10000 for no. 5, 1m.80

in white Carrara marble.

The packing and freight is above, is fairly dear, but you have the advantage of the exchange just now.

So these statues are made to order, you could not have it before the end of the year.  But I think it is worthwhile to wait some months to get such a thing as perfect as possible.  The usual statues we have in stock are not in wood; they are in plastic.  We can have them made to order in stone, marble, brass, and bronze.

Now, dear Sister, you asked me in your letter to send you 5000 pictures like the sepia enclosed in my letter.  But I could never remember which model I sent you, so I do not dare to send you 5000 of any kind.  I am sending you 400 no. 11, (with crucifix and roses) and 100 of the apotheosis.  The pictures were not ready when I received your order but I sent the 4 gr alum medals.  The paper envelopes of earth were also missing; we will have no more of those with the wood from the cell.  The demand for relics, books, and pictures is tremendous, so we can’t arrive to have enough to satisfy every one in due time.  The new catalogue is not yet ready.

We had told Rev. Mother Beatrice that we would get a relic of the bones for your monastery, as it was already decided, but when Rev. Fr. Rodrigo came in May, he said that all the Carmels of the United States had been supplied with the said relics, and that we had not to send any.  Rev. Fr. Elia di san Ambrogio told us the same.  I hope you received the relic that has been sent to you.  If not please let it be known to Fr. Elia for he surely wants to send one of these relics to all the American Carmels, and he would be sad if you had not received yours.

I enclose a photo of our chapel during the Tridium.  With renewed thanks for the donations and payments, I remain, dear Sister Ignatius, yours affectionately in Christ,

Sr. Anne of Jesus

 

 

J.M.J.T.