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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 28, 1910

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 28, 1910

+ Jesus                             28th August 1910

Anniversary of our dear Mamma’s death. Fr Taylor is saying Mass for her. (Don’t keep the priest waiting. He has very little time to spend in Caen.)

Darling little sister,

The bearer of this letter is Father Taylor. People call him Rev. Father in Scotland. He’s from Glasgow. He’s a saint. It is he who has built, as it were, Thérèse’s reputation for holiness in England. His devotion to her is boundless. Believe it or not, he has already circulated over 40 000 pictures of Thérèse in his country. He came to Lisieux to testify in the trial. He is one of the witnesses chosen by Mgr de Teil. He had over 600 graces to report to the Judges, several among which are miracles. His testimony lasted 20 hours. He stayed up until one in the morning every night preparing his testimony. He’s going to Caen to see you. Welcome him, please, as a close friend and dear “spiritual father”.

Now, darling little sister, I have some news that you’ll like, but don’t get too excited, because it’s not certain. Maybe . . . guess . . . . Just maybe, in a few weeks’ time you’ll be able to see me and give me a hug! Here’s the reason why:

The gentlemen of the Court thought they would see all the witnesses from the Carmel during their holidays (given that the others, even those from Lisieux, will go and testify in Bayeux to avoid making the men travel) but after having devoted so much time to our Mother and Father Taylor, they have realised that they won’t manage it. As it’s impossible for them to travel once term has begun at the Seminary, Mgr de Teil, who swore not to let the trial drag on, has summoned me to Bayeux (me rather than anyone else because my testimony will be quite long). Mgr Lemonnier has given me the order to go and so I must obey. I can’t tell you how upset I was yesterday. I thought it was going to make me fall sick, but I must march on. Little by little, I’m growing accustomed to the idea. In my distress, I said, “If only I had been asked to go to the Visitation, but I must stay with the Benedictines, in an unknown convent!” To tell you the truth, I can’t get used to the thought of it. I suggested shortening my testimony, but no one will listen to my reasoning. I’ll be overjoyed to see you again, if his Lordship allows it, as I hope. But we’ll have so little time together and my trip will be so long! Our Mother is sending Mother Sub-Prioress (Yvonne Daurelle) whom you know, to accompany me. She will testify to Thérèse’s reputation for holiness at the same time. So that means they have 2 fewer witnesses from Lisieux to see. Do pray for me. Father Taylor knows about this, but I don’t know whether the priest accompanying him to Caen is also aware. You understand that it’s a big secret. Thérèse’s exhumation will take place on Tuesday 6th September, which happens to be the anniversary of the blessing of the Chapel. It’s symbolic.

Mgr Lemonnier will be there. I send my love, darling little sister. Give my love to your Mothers for me.

Your little Céline Geneviève of St Teresa

u.c.n.