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The religious life of St Therese's sister, Leonie

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Uploaded on Jul 25, 2011

A chaplain from the shrine of St Therese in Lisieux shows the cell of Leonie Martin, Sr. Francoise Therese, as it was in the Visitation at Caen. He points out various objects in her cell like the little heater she was permitted because of her eczema and also her needlework. Leonie considered herself a little violet compared to her Carmelite sisters, Marie, Pauline and Celine whom she called lilies. Leonie led a hidden life forgotten by people whereas her sisters were considered living relics of St Therese.

He tells the story of a priest wanting to meet Leonie, sister of a saint. When he inquired the elderly sister scowled and told him that Leonie was a very mediocre nun and that he was wasting his time. He asked to see the superior who told him the sister he spoke with was Leonie.

The chaplain finishes by reading a passage from a letter of Leonie's mother, Bl Zelie Martin who asked the Virgin that if she wouldn't be healed of breast cancer, then to heal her child and make her a saint.
The video was filmed mostly by candlelight in Lisieux at an exhibit.

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