From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1907

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1907

+Jesus       J.M.J.T.                         27th January 1907

Darling little sister,

I’m writing to wish you a happy feast day. I don’t need to tell you that my heart will be with you on the 29th. In the morning, I’ll take Communion for you and I’ll ask Jesus to shower you with choice graces, making you a true little “Victim of Love”. On that day, my prayers for my Léonie will be particularly special, and yet I can say that my prayers for all those I love are special at every moment of every day. I never ask God for something I desire without simultaneously asking for it on behalf of my three darling sisters as well. I hope that, after having loved each other so much on earth, we’ll be just as close in the heavens.

I was very touched by what you wrote in one of your last letters about your pretty little Jesus in pink. You said you had put “a Céline flower” in his little hand for me. I can’t tell you how much your thoughtfulness moved me. O darling little sister, if only you knew how much I love you, and how much I’m looking forward to being reunited with you one day in heaven, never to be parted again!

I’m still gradually preparing to paint the S.H. [Sacred Heart] (and am doing so to please you). I’ve been procuring documents and models. Don’t forget that you promised me a photograph of a statue depicting a crowned S.H. It doesn’t need to be a particularly good print; any old scrap of paper will do.

When I have time, I’ll begin the piece again, but I think that, and I won’t hide this from you, the time hasn’t yet come to give the S.H. of Christ the King to the world. I think such a glorious painting should be reserved for a time of peace, or at least a time of renewal. And at this very moment, it is a time for Jesus’ Sorrowful Face. People have written saying that this Holy Face has come at a time appointed by God. Is Jesus not, after all, currently suffering a second passion?

The time for the S.H. of Christ the King will come as well, but I don’t think the honour of painting it will fall to me. I sow and another will reap. But what does that matter to us? We seek only God’s Will. He doesn’t require success, simply effort.

Darling little sister, ah, pray for me, so that after having painted the Adorable Face of Jesus on canvas, I might paint an even better picture of it in my heart. I desire to be a saint so ardently, and yet I still have such a long way to go.

I send you all my love. Your little sister who loves you

Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n.

My respectful greetings to your dear Mothers.