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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 4, 1907

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 4, 1907

+Jesus           J.M.J.T.           4th August 1907

Darling little sister,

Our Mother has just given me your letter. You’re always the first to wish your Céline a happy feast day! You have replaced my darling Thérèse, because she never used to want anyone to beat her to it.

My darling little Léonie, I’m so grateful for your kind little letter and for the pretty little sachet you sent me as a keepsake of Bl. Margaret Mary [Alacoque]. It’s ever so stylish and elegant.

I, too, am sending you something in honour of my feast day. I won’t say what it is, for fear of your Mother finding out, because you could offer this humble present to her for her feast day. Alas, it’s not the Sacred Heart picture that we both so ardently desired. I thank you for not being angry with me for not having finished it. God must have filled you with compassion for me, because it truly wasn’t my fault. What pains me most about this is that I knew you would feel this way.

We bought the “A” string and our little Mother put it around her neck. I don’t yet know the result. She hasn’t been wearing it long enough.

I don’t know whether you’ve heard that on the first Sunday of August each year, we hold a procession to the statue of Christ the King. Several years ago, we promised Him we would do so if He saved us from exile. This year, the celebration is going to be moved to the evening of 6th August, and it’s going to be the same every year. What’s more, during the procession, we’re going to carry a pretty red velvet banner with the picture of the Holy Face on it. It will be lovely: leading the procession will be the pink or pale green litter bearing the Child Jesus, and at the back will be the austere banner of the Holy Face. Apparently, the monastery of Tarbes has already held a procession in honour of the Holy Face. We mustn’t be behind. Throughout the procession, flowers will be scattered over the Child Jesus, and the Holy Face will be incensed. My feast day will become famous!  

I believe Jeanne is coming back this week. All is well with her. Darling little sister, I’m sorry you were worried about my sore heels. I told Uncle about them at the beginning of my religious life, but as there’s nothing to be done about it, he doesn’t remember. They are a little painful when it’s very hot or after I’ve been a long time standing, but I can very well bear it for God. Don’t fret, all three of us are fine, because every day we draw nearer to heaven, the Homeland we yearn to reach.

I send you a thousand kisses, darling little sister. If only you knew how much I love you!!!

Your little Céline

Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n.