Léonie Martin died early in the morning on 17 June 1941. We share the last two letters exchanged between Léonie and her sisters Pauline and Céline.
When St. Thérèse was still an infant on the farm with her wet nurse Rose, St. Zélie Martin describes one visit she made to the farm to visit little Thérèse. "She let out piercing screams when she didn't see the wet nurse anymore."
St. Zélie Martin, pregnant with Céline, is tortured with fear that she will lose the pregnancy or the child will die in infancy like her last two babies: "you can't imagine how frightened I am of the future... The best thing to do is to put everything in the hands of God..."
Saint Zélie Martin learns that her breast cancer has reached such an advanced stage that it is inoperable. She writes to her husband, "I'll go to Lourdes on the first pilgrimage, and I hope the Blessed Mother will cure me, if it's necessary. In the meantime let's stop worrying."
St. Zélie Martin confides in her sister-in-law that she is worried about Léonie's future. "If it only took the sacrifice of my life for her to become a saint, I would give it willingly."
She positively believed that the good Lord couldn't do anything to her if she was in her mother's arms
He may allow us to suffer a great deal, but never without His help and His grace
I’m longing to be near you, my dear Louis
The wet nurse brought our little Thérèse today
Pregnant with Mélanie-Thérèse, St. Zélie Martin grieves the death of little Hélene