From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6, 1934

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Genevieve (Celine) - August 6, 1934

V + J! From our monastery in Caen this 6th August 1934

Darling little Céline,

I’m happily taking advantage of Miss Violette’s trip to send you my feast day wishes. I’m no doubt far too early, but I have an overly eager heart. How I love the feast of the Transfiguration! “They no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.” This phrase speaks volumes to our hearts, significantly helping us to bear exile, which in turn is merely a journey leading us to the eternal face to face in the heavenly homeland.

This might be the last time I wish you a happy feast day here below. I don’t know . . . I have a feeling that I’m reaching the end of my pilgrimage. It’s the burning desire consuming me that makes me say such things, no doubt, but this only encourages me to continue my journey. All four of us can talk fearlessly about things that terrify those out in the world. We, the Brides of Christ Jesus, speak and aspire for death. Death is, after all, nothing but true life in Him.

Beloved little sister, your jubilee photos are so pretty! They have come out so well! It’s a superb album! The report of your family celebrations is very, very interesting. It’s as though we were there.

I can assure you that our jubilee celebrations here were very lovely as well. You have heard a little about them.

Are you familiar with the work by the Marquis? [Marquis Albert de Pouvourville, author of a biography of Thérèse in 1934] It’s called “Ste Thérèse protectrice et modèle des peuples” [St Thérèse: the Peoples’ Protector and Model] and has warranted a most laudatory preface by his Excellency Mgr Baudrillard. Have you read this new book? What do you think of it? Do you like it?

Our pious Chaplain was delighted with his stay in Lisieux. He thought both the Basilica plans and everything that has been built were splendid. His conversation with our darling little Mother made a very sweet impression on him. Apparently our beloved eldest sister has swollen hands. I’m sorry she won’t be able to write to me anymore, but I say “fiat!” Great glory awaits her up above, which will be a well-deserved reward for the crucified life she has so generously accepted.

As for you, little sister, give me your news. You are not in excellent health either, because you, too, are in great pain. Who will deliver us from our body doomed to death? And yet we must nonetheless not rebuke this body too much, because it helps us to reach heaven and will share in the soul’s eternal delights.

I took Communion for you, darling Céline, and my heart overflowed with affection in this heart to heart with Jesus . . . . This is how we share our love with one another, and it is all the purer for being completely spiritual.

Your Léonie who cherishes you

Sr Françoise-Thérèse