From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1909

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1909

+ Jesus                 27th January 1909

Dear little sister,

Happy and holy feast day! May little Thérèse grant you all the graces you desire. If you’d like to pray to her on my behalf, ask her to beg gentle St Francis to grant me gentleness, because it’s a virtue that I admire greatly and which I completely lack.

I hope you were well feted on the day of your crowning! It’s so touching to see such brotherly affection, such a spirit of family and of religion. God must be glorified in our cloisters, where everyone’s heart belongs to Him. This is what I was thinking when I was reading about your charming yet spiritual celebration. Do thank your dear Mothers for having allowed us to share in the celebration, and also the dear Sister who copied out the little music notebook. I assure you that we appreciate her work and that we’re very grateful to her.

Don’t think that my royalty is any more real than yours, because as the baker put 2 charms in every King Cake and there were 2 or three of these cakes, you can imagine how many queens we have. Moreover, there are only 25 people sharing the cakes. Yet it’s gratifying, all the same, to find something in your slice.

Let’s talk about something else now. “Little Mother” will no doubt tell you the news, but I’ll tell you a little about it anyway. So the Postulator has been nominated. It’s Fr Rodrigue di San Francisco di Paula, a Carmelite friar from Rome, and the Vice Postulator is Mgr de Teil, who is extremely well-known and renowned in France. Just yesterday, he came to speak to us and explained everything. We understood from his report that our written testimonies serve only to help us prepare ourselves personally, and that oral testimonies are what are needed. There’ll be a Promoter of the Faith (I think) and he will come and question us. He’ll be accompanied by 4 priests who will all be under oath, and we too will swear to speak the truth and keep everything confidential on pain of excommunication. Until then, we can discuss and show each other our testimony drafts, but once the investigation is open, we’ll no longer be able to do so. As you sent off your manuscript, you now have no document, so you must write to His Lordship and ask him to send back the writing you sent him so that you can take notes and classify your answers. We’ll do this when Mgr de Teil sends us the questionnaire, and to avoid being disconcerted, I intend to read what I want to say. I’ll mark what I want to say after each question in pencil beforehand.

The bell for Matins is about to ring. With lots of love and kisses, your little sister

Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n. 

We’ll talk about this again but you need to ask for your testimony back urgently. Say that you have no copy of it.