From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - April 28, 1929

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Genevieve (Celine) - April 28th 1929

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 28th April 1929

Darling little Céline,

So you are 60 years old today. This is a birthday worth celebrating, so your Léonie has come to throw herself into your arms. I carry a lovely and very precious bouquet, since it is Jesus I’m giving you in three Communions.

Dear little sister, our lives are coming to an end. All four of us have reached old age, which is a great grace. We see all passing things from an earthly point of view, which instead of being the truth, is pure insignificance. Let us do things for eternity, for that’s the only thing that is true. You set me an example, little sister, by rivalling our little Mamma and our dear eldest sister in zeal, because I know that you work only to bring God glory.

It’s such a providential coincidence that God should choose your birthday, and let there be no doubt that He did, to celebrate our little Saint Thérèse in Alençon. She must have seen in His divine eyes that He wanted little Céline to share her celebration. Is this not charming? You never say anything about your heels. Are they better? My poor feet have become painful with the change of weather but I can walk nonetheless. They are not as bad as all that. The curious thing is that the toenail marks are reappearing, which is less ugly. I do feel sorry for our dear eldest sister. She is so generous! That is why Jesus isn’t holding back with her. The same can be said of your dear sacristan in danger of losing her sight.  

Why did our little Thérèse choose St Margaret, Queen of Scotland, to be in her play on St Joan of Arc? It was St Margaret the Virgin Martyr who was one of her saints. Do you know whether His Excellency will attend the Alençon festivities, despite losing his Vicar General? The letter he wrote about him was lovely and very touching. He is widely missed. People everywhere said he could become a bishop. Let’s hope his successor will be more favourable to you. Alas! When God is on our side, the judgment of men matters little. We all have the lovely prayer for the Action Française; thank you! Have you finished touching up the book about our darling saint’s Spirituality? I would extremely like a copy as now I live only by her heavenly doctrine.

With my love, darling little sister, and the fondest of kisses

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


I can see the statue of Thérèse on the bridge where our parents met. It’s ridiculous! But the priest of St Léonart can place it in his church if he likes. Does little Mother still have a migraine? Does she still have kidney pain?