From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6, 1913

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6th 1913

6thAugust 1913

Much-loved little sister,

Happy, holy and blessed feast day! Exile is brief, and soon we’ll be on Tabor for eternity, delightfully contemplating the unveiled and radiant Face of our Beloved. He is so badly represented on this sad earth that we long to go and see him face to face in the heavens.

As soon as I received your delightful painting, I wrote what I thought of it, hoping someone was going to Lisieux but then they didn’t. Anyway, I’m delighted with it, darling little sister, enchanted even. Thérèse is perfect. The gentle look in her eyes is captivating.

And she looks sweet in her little school clothes. Thank you for the cards and your lovely letter. I saw the photographs of the Abbey you mentioned. All the nuns we knew have changed and aged a lot.

You know that I’ve been a nurse for the last ten days, looking after our dear refectorian. She is resting on a chaise longue, but not for much longer I hope, as I’m relying on our Thérèse to heal her. If only you could see how busy I am, it would greatly amuse you. Sometimes I don’t even recognise myself. Ah, here’s my secret: it is darling Thérèse who is the nurse and I am no more than her tiny assistant. So you’ll understand how we’re managing to do such good work, all the glory goes to her . . . . This is a great comfort to our revered and kind Mother.