From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 24, 1910

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 24, 1910

+ Jesus                      24th October 1910

Darling little sister,

I’m quickly writing to give you a bit of information that might guide you. In your place, I would take a retreat straight away. We think you have time for it, because we haven’t heard that the Court is ready to resume its sessions yet. The strike must have delayed the Diocesan Congress that was supposed to take place before the 15th. If it had taken place, the gentlemen of the Court would probably have resumed the sessions around the 20th. That’s what Mgr de Teil thought would happen when he spoke to you. He’s currently in Gallipoli to verify the wonderful miracle concerning a Carmel Prioress being brought 500 frs. You see, he can do nothing for us at the moment (Gallipoli is in the heel of Italy’s boot). Poor Mgr de Teil similarly misled a Carmelite priest from Italy who was supposed to testify for Thérèse. He’s the former secretary of the Father General, Rev. Fr Elie of the Mother of Mercy (1). He arrived from Milan today asking what he had to do. Our Mother thought he had been summoned by the Court but he hadn’t. We’ve sent a telegram to the Fr Superior of the Major Seminary and he replied that the Court might see him on Friday. So you see, this priest is going to be kept in quarantine almost all week and, what’s more, the men of the Court are going to go out of their way to see him early! That goes to show that they’re not thinking of summoning you for the moment. Still, I might be wrong. It brought us great pleasure to see a Carmelite priest. His Lordship allowed us to make an exception and take him on a pilgrimage to Thérèse’s cell. So we had to spruce up the house in a few hours. I assure you, we’re crippled with work and, like St Paul, we can say we glorify God “in our work”. The number of letters we receive every day, just concerning Thérèse, has risen to 95. However, with a bit of organisation, we are managing without it affecting our religious life.

Sr Marie of the S.H. says that Thérèse must have begun going to Midnight Mass towards the age of 6 or 7, but she’s not sure.

Darling little sister, I thank you for your feast day wishes. I knew you wouldn’t forget me. I’m always thinking of you, and if I write less often than “Marie”, it’s because she is acting as our Mother’s private correspondence secretary while I’m very busy elsewhere. Because of the talent God gave me, everything falls to me. Still, I’ll no doubt see the fruit of my labour in heaven, but on earth it’s a heavy burden.

I send my love, darling little sister. Best regards to your Mothers.

Your little sister Geneviève of St Teresa


(1) He might well want to go and see you, but I don’t know.