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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - February 18, 1925

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - February 18, 1925

+ Jesus                                                                Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                         18th February 1925

                                                                                                            

Darling Léonie,

I’ve come to bid you farewell before Lent. I’m in a rush, because the Canonisation is taking place in two and a half months. When I think about it, I have trouble falling asleep, for there’s so much to do here. Yet sleepless nights are to be avoided, because we would work less efficiently during the daytime.

We saw his Lordship yesterday when he brought the chancellor here in preparation for the consecration of the Chapel in July.

I’m currently busy putting our little Thérèse’s relics in all the altar stones in the monastery. I’m going to receive some 1st class relics of a few Holy Martyrs of my choice from Rome. At our high altar, Thérèse will be between St Peter and St Paul. Elsewhere, she’ll be between two virgins and martyrs: St Agnes and St Cecilia, St Agatha and St Lucy. She’ll also be between two deacons, two soldiers, two missionaries, etc. In Alençon, I’ll place her between St Martin, pope and martyr, and the Holy Innocents.

If you have an altar where Mass is often said and which hasn’t been consecrated, that is to say an altar containing a stone like the one that can be acquired at the bishopric, I could obtain another one so that, at the Visitation, Mass can be said over our little saint’s relics too. But you no doubt don’t have a wooden altar, do you?

We saw Mr Ménage and he was very happy to have gone to the Visitation. He’s going to make you a nice pedestal. We heard from him that you are putting the statue in the most beautiful spot in your garden. This touched us deeply. He told us that your monastery is a lovely place with its grand buildings. He came away with a very good impression of the people and premises. I think you’ve won over his heart. He respects your custom of not wearing your veils lowered, and of not needing a bell to cross the enclosure. Here, it’s very annoying, it’s true, and a real source of mortification in a sense, to be bound by so many little regulations. I say “in a sense” because in another, it’s a great advantage to carry our “enclosure” on our persons. In any case, “He who loves God loves everything.”

Goodbye, Léonie. I recommend my retreat to your prayers. It begins on Monday. I send you all my love.

Your little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face u.c.n.