From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6, 1929

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6th 1929

V+J! From our monastery in Caen this 6th August 1929

Darling little Céline,

Mrs Lecourt is coming on Thursday. I’m taking advantage of her visit to send you all my love and affection for your feast day. I’m so pleased to be the first to offer you my best wishes and my traditional gift of a Communion. Jesus makes up for everything and I trust in Him. He was the One who put this chasm of affection in our hearts, and that’s why we love each other so much.

All the plans concerning the pavilion interest me. I remember having seen the Virgin of the Smile in the middle of the garden well before ’70. Yet when the little chapel fell into ruin, the statue was brought to our house, (Rue du Pont Neuf) until ’71 when it was moved to the one in Rue St Blaise. I very vaguely remember the pine tree and the walnut tree, but not the lime tree on the street. Yet I perfectly remember the Lady Apple trees, the two plum trees on either side of the front door and the lovely black grape vines. There was also a delightful shrub which had elegant, arching branches and a light covering of little pink hearts. It must have enchanted our little St Thérèse’s eyes, as well.

What are you doing to celebrate dear Pius XI’s Jubilee? All the monasteries of our Institute have contributed to offering His Holiness 50 vestments, together with their accessories for the Missions, so that 50 Masses can be celebrated by 50 missionaries. Just imagine how pleased the Pope of Missions will be. – Of course, darling little Mamma, we’ll send you the crucifix at the same time. It’ll be very safe. We’re not sure we’ll have an opportunity at the end of August. What’s , the crucifix doesn’t belong to me, it was only lent to me. Would you be so kind as to send it back to me after the trip? It will be all the more precious for having been in contact with that of St Francis Xavier, so I have everything to gain. We’re praying hard for your dear dying Sister. We are confident that she is going straight to the Heart of Jesus.

You were saying, darling Céline, that our “rairaine” was in a great deal of pain. After having racked my brains, I looked up the word “rairaine” in the dictionary. Laugh with me, it warrants it [“Rairaine” refers to Marie of the Sacred Heart, who was Thérèse’s “marraine” (godmother). Thérèse may have had difficulty pronouncing the word as a child].

I send all my love to you and to our two little sisters

Sr Françoise-Thérèse


These medallions are so pretty! Thank you! Thank you! Who composed this lovely prayer for Russia, then? I think it was you again, beloved little Mother.

The cards bring me great pleasure. Thank you, my doting little Mamma!