From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - June 18, 1923

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - June 18, 1923

+ Jesus                                                                   Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                                18th June 1923


Darling little sister,

It has been a long time since I last wrote to you, not because I haven’t wanted to write, but I’ve been so, so busy with all my work that I wasn’t able to find a single free minute. I’ve finally found one (stolen from God) and I’m gladly writing to tell you that you were very much in my thoughts on 3rd June. I took Holy Communion for you. You see, your little Céline hasn’t forgotten you and, like her Léonie, she has a good memory for dates.

I’m fretting over your reliquary. It’s very difficult to find one with the right depth to hold one tooth. However, I hope I’ll manage, but I don’t know when. The maker always promises me that it will take 6 weeks and I’ve been waiting for 6 months now.

Only I wanted to tell you that it is rather risky to display such a precious relic for veneration, because there’s a chance that it will get stolen. We never place ours in the sacristy. We put it on the Communion grate in the chancel, and the sacristan watches over it and then puts it away. As you don’t display it or lend it out very often, you’ll be able to use it provided that you watch over it and are wary of prying eyes. For our part, I do believe we’ll actually need another one to lend to the pilgrim groups that use the chapel. We’re forging ahead without really knowing how things will turn out. We haven’t yet organised either the small reliquaries or the relics. All this is new to us.

If only you knew how touching it is to hear pilgrims in the chapel. It exceeds our hopes and now we understand why we toiled so hard preparing the places that were to welcome them. Oh, our little Thérèse is doing so much good! She is certainly making God known and loved! It will please you to know that the book on her “Spirituality” is highly appreciated, much more so than we could have hoped. God is blessing our work.

Goodbye, darling little sister. I send you all my love and kisses

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face


Don’t encourage Elise Bossey to write to us or come to the visiting room. We can’t possibly renew more acquaintances. She’s always hounding us.