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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) -April 19, 1908

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) -April 19, 1908

+Jesus       J.M.J.T.            19th April 1908

Easter Joyful Alleluia!

Darling little sister,

Lent seemed very long, particularly the last few days when we were so worried about our dear uncle; dear “papuncle” as we call him. Finally, God answered our fervent prayers and he is better. He is well and truly out of danger. Poor little Léonie, I thought of you often during that painful time, and I would have liked to have written you a comforting note, but others did so in my place. As you know, I’m always extremely eager. Have you received the photograph of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Agony? It’s one of my old paintings that I touched up with the Holy Face in mind. I find His face much lovelier than before, but I had ever so much trouble with it. I prefer not to think about it.  

You no doubt know that our elections will take place in a fortnight, on 6th May, I believe. “Little Mother” cannot be reelected, but God is watching over us and Jesus will certainly give us a Mother after His own Heart. I’m telling you this secret so that you won’t be surprised, but we believe that it will be Sr Marie-Ange of the Child Jesus, the young nun who wrote the poem at the end of the book on Thérèse, “To the Angel of my Vocation”. She is the one who has been sick for the past two years and whom we thought we had lost. But this illness was sent to her only to make her more mature and wise, for she’s only 27 years old but you’d think she was 34. She is 1.72 m tall and, consequently, quite hefty. She’s colossal. She is also colossal in virtue and is ever so gifted. She has qualities of the heart, intelligence, instruction, education, judgment, and tact. She would be perfect if she was in good health, but there always has to be a downside. If truth be told, it’s this quality that is the least important.

Darling little sister, I love you more than I can possibly say. You know, you are my little companion in hardship. Oh, we have suffered so much together and I’ll be ever so happy to see you again in heaven! What a lot of things we’ll have to tell one another!

I’d like to know how you are. Are you in good health? Do you still have eczema? And have the boils under your arm gone? As for us, we are all well and have but one single desire, which is to become saints. It’s a difficult task and others cannot give us a helping hand other than by persecuting us and causing us suffering, and so we scorn their help! Alas! We are very wrong to do so!

Little sister, I love you with all my heart.

Your little Céline

Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n.

My affectionate regards to your dear Mothers.