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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 10, 1907

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 10, 1907

+Jesus             J.M.J.T.                    10th October 1907

Darling little sister,

I don’t want Sr Marie of the S. Heart’s letter to be sent off before adding a note to thank you for your kind little letter. It brought me so much pleasure! Oh, it meant so much to me! And your little “Céline” flowers are ever so pretty and fresh, even though Uncle didn’t give me the letter until yesterday. I do believe he forgot he had it in his pocket.

I don’t wantto hear you say it was your fault that your various attempts at religious life didn’t go as expected. I’ll think what I like, and nothing will change my mind. Let’s hear no more about it, only about my darling Léonie’s qualities, for you’re as good, gentle, and docile as ever. No, nothing can shake me from my belief, and you can be sure that you’ve never caused me any pain and that you’ve always been a comforting angel for me.

And so, never say you regret the past again, because everything turned out very well, as we have all followed God’s will.

I thank you for the treatment you propose for my sore heels. They’re not painful at the moment. It’s in the summer that they hurt, especially when it’s very hot. Next time, I’ll remember the hay infusion bath. You could also give me the recipe for the other medicine. Francis won’t be offended because he doesn’t treat my heels anymore, seeing as he didn’t know what to do about them. This is why I’ve been bearing the pain alone. But it’s not urgent.

I was the one who put the badge on the tabernacle door in the Chapel, and it’s because of the badge that we padded the interior of the little door and decorated the outside with gold star-shaped nails. Without your lovely gift, Jesus’ home would have remained stark. I’m also the one who puts on and removes the badge on the door in the oratory, because every time the Bl. Sacrament is exposed, the double door has to be opened.

We’re going to have a Parisian postulant. We’re going to call her Marie of the Holy Face. Marie-Antoinette de la Tour d’Auvergne has left because she was sick and I don’t believe she’ll come back.

In your garden, do you have any chamomile plants with pink and blue flowers in the form of great big daisies? Our plant is easily 1.5 m tall and flowers in September. It’s very pretty; we could give you a cutting.

I send you hundreds and thousands of kisses, darling little sister. If only you knew how much love I have for you in my little heart!

Your Céline

Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n.