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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - July 15, 1937

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - July 15, 1937

J. + M.

Pax Christi                                                                Carmel of Lisieux 15th July 19371

Dear little sister,

Your letter brought us great pleasure, because we were wondering just now, at noon recreation, whether you had heard, as radios don’t always work very well. I’m so happy, Léonie, that you shared in the lovely celebrations with us. They were cloudless days for you but brought us nothing but worries and fatigue! Our joy runs deep, of course, but on the surface, we were put through the wringer, which is why we are still a little dazed. The poor sacristan had a hard time: suddenly she was asked for 44 stoles for the Communion, and then 17 vestments, because despite all the precautions taken by Mgr Germain, it’s impossible for there to be no hitches or oversights. Everything went well in the end. On Sunday we were very anxious given the uncertain weather. What’s more, every day we had an avalanche of visiting Bishops. I kept being pointed out, which represents a martyrdom for me. However, I had the joy of exchanging a little word with the Cardinal Legate. I had just taken a photo of him (another nerve-wracking moment for me) and I approached him and spoke to him alone about many things, even “The Little Way”! Everyone thought that I was still fussing over the photo, so I was left alone. You’ll hear other details from others, as will we. I send my love, dear little sister.

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.

1. [Following the inauguration of the Basilica on 11th July by Cardinal Pacelli]