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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 26, 1908

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 26, 1908

+Jesus                                                  26th January 1908

Darling little sister,

I’ve come to wish you a happy feast day. I’ve been planning your gift for a long time. I wanted to please you by asking St Paul Publishers to print fifty or so copies of the Virgin Mary for you, so that you could give them to your Sisters. Unfortunately, the picture hasn’t come out as well as it would have had the print been running. There are stains in the background, but as it was a very good quality negative, vestiges of her initial splendour remain, which you will certainly appreciate.

In the parcel, we’ve enclosed two pictures that I like very much. I’ve been looking for this theme for a long time, so imagine my joy when one of my friends sent it to me. As soon as I found out where it had come from, I quickly sent off for some more for our Mother’s feast day. I knew it would bring her great pleasure, and it was easy for me to do, as several people now send me alms in honour of “Little Mother”, as everyone calls her. You can see that this picture corresponds perfectly to the poem that Thérèse wrote for me (when my name was Marie of the Holy Face), “The Queen of Heaven to her Child Marie”:

“I'm looking for a little girl who resembles

Jesus, my only lamb,

So I can keep them both Together in the same cradle.”

The poor little boy representing us looks so puny, so miserable and so unhappy that I find it very amusing. You can immediately tell he is the adopted child; he looks as though he’s been beaten. We’re enclosing two copies so that you can offer one to your Mother Superior, but please keep the other for yourself. I would be upset if you deprived yourself of it.

Our Mother’s feast day was delightful. We had some very pretty gifts, including some genuine pieces of art. All the Sisters put every ounce of their talent into making them. We also performed a very touching play, which was called, “Jesus’ Last Days on Earth.” It included the scene of Mary Magdalene at Simon the Pharisee’s house, then the Merchants in the Temple, backstage, as well as Judas’ betrayal, Pontius Pilate’s Judgment, and Jesus carrying His Cross. I played the role of Veronica. In that scene, I was on stage and ran up to wipe Jesus’ Face. It was truly lovely, apparently, and reduced everyone to tears. The last scene took place at Mark’s mother Mary’s house, on the morning of Holy Saturday. Veronica came with her Veil, and unrolled it in front of Mary and the disciples. Then the play ended with a lovely song in two parts, sung by two angels. One told of Jesus’ bruised and disfigured Face, and the other told of how, in the coming generations, His face would be revealed to the nations. It was the story of the Holy Face I drew.  

There now, that’s enough news about us. I thought you would be interested to hear all this, darling little sister. You know how much I love you, and how much I cherish you. Oh, when will we be reunited in the Homeland?

Your little sister.

Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n. 

Are you pleased with the new edition?

We’re very sorry to hear you have eczema, as it’s ever so painful. Here’s an address we were given for some syrup and some very effective ointment! (Rev. Mother Superior of the Sisters of Providence of Reugny in St-Méloir-des-Ondes, Ille-et-Vilaine).

We’re writing to them for another treatment. Two days ago, we received a letter from someone who had asked Thérèse to help her find a cure for eczema. She immediately found a recipe and was healed. We have written to find out what is was and will send it to you immediately.