From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1916

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1916

+ Jesus                                                                                                 27th January 1916

Dear little Léonie,

It is not only with affection that I wish you a happy feast day, because you never forgets ours, but also with joy, because each new feast day brings us closer to heaven. Since I must reach the age that God has set, I’m pleased to be growing old! Like the greedy counting their wealth, I count my years. I’m pleased to see my white hair, wobbly teeth and pair of spectacles. These things are signs that the end is not far off. Little sister, it’s not far off for you, either, because you are in fact six years older than me. So we mustn’t be sad when we are so close to such a bright future! We should be filled with joy at the thought of what awaits us, and the many trifles of this world should mean very little to us: our little Thérèse lets us suffer because she knows this to be true. She can see that the fruit of our insignificant daily troubles is not worth comparing with the glory that awaits us.

Another thought cheers me enormously, which is that God desires His seraphim on earth. You see, if He hasn’t already taken us with Him, it is because we are not ready (He can prepare us in an instant), and because He wants this wretched earth to resemble heaven and be sure that His celestial court is represented here, with all its hierarchies, like up above. This is why “He finds delight in being among the sons of men.”

Darling little sister, let’s come back down to the material world. Which is the photograph of “Little Mother” with Sr M. of the Eucharist that you liked? You see, there is a whole series of them, many of which are very ugly. Is it the full-length portrait in the cloister, or the head-and-shoulders one taken in the infirmary (waist-length portrait)? Once you’ve told me which it is, I’ll try to satisfy your request. Did you receive my letter thanking you for Didine’s lace?

With my love, dearest little sister

Sr Geneviève of St Teresa