From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6, 1931

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6th 1931

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 6th August 1931

Darling little Céline,

Our dear chaplain Fr Heutevent will be the one to bring you my best wishes for a happy feast day! I’m not too early, which is too bad for me, because in my heart I’m always eager to celebrate with my dearly beloved little sisters. Of course, I shall take a Communion for you, my inseparable sister. It’s the most valuable and most beautiful bouquet I can offer you.

Our chaplain is a priest of St Francis de Sales, so he is going to Lisieux for his annual retreat with his society. If only you knew how much fatherly devotion he showed me when I was sick. I saw him almost every day when I was in danger of death. It was at that time that I came to know him better. He has my complete trust, and his enlightened and solid spiritual direction (he is a doctor in theology) does me a great deal of good and you know how difficult I am on that point.

I would like the three of you to meet him, so I beg of you, do me the pleasure of going to the visiting room when he asks for you. He loves our holy sister very much and is very keen to see all her sisters, which is why I’m asking you to kindly open the grille, so that you can at last see him through your parlour veils. That’s a yes, isn’t it? You always grant my requests . . .

Darling Céline, I cannot acclimatise to this very wretched earth. Everything seems bothersome and wearisome to me. Do pray for your poor little coward because all in all, not wanting to suffer for God any longer is pure cowardice, especially as He is more offended than ever . . . . I’m clinging as tightly as I can to His will, which I love and desire above all things, but all my feeble efforts are fruitless and often leave me feeling indescribable despair.

I hope Miss Violette has told you all the things we would like for our revered Mother’s feast day, as you requested. I can’t say anything in this letter for fear of spilling the beans because our beloved Mother has to read it, but I can say loud and clear that we are touched beyond words.

With all my love to you, darling little Céline, and to our two beloved little sisters

Sr Françoise-Thérèse