From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 16, 1910

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - November 16, 1910

+ Jesus                                  16th November 1910

Darling little sister,

This sheet of paper is the only one I have to hand, but I’m going to try and write you a long letter anyway. Firstly, I’ll sing the same old tune, which is that I love you. I love you with all my heart and I’m always thinking of you. I have been one with you these last few days, because you told us that you would be on retreat.

Darling little sister, it’s your turn now to take the stage and testify for Thérèse. You mustn’t be afraid. The gentlemen of the Court are so kind and charitable that they immediately put you at ease. All you have to do is say what you know and God does the rest. Is He not obliged to do so, since we’re undertaking this task for His glory alone? We must therefore rely on His help, which never fails us.

A few days ago I found a charming document. You could use it in your testimony. This is what she [Thérèse] wrote in a little notebook. They are her 1st Communion resolutions.

1stly I will never lose heart,

2ndly I will say a Memorare every day,

3rdly I will try to humble my pride.

As you know, she followed these resolutions to the letter, because what distinguished her was her force of character. This always prevented her from losing heart, and meant she threw herself into God’s arms with complete abandon and blind trust. Never losing heart defines “her way”.

Concerning her devotion to the Bl. Virgin, we can point out that she never failed to say the Memorare, and then that she must have worked hard to conquer her own human nature, since, as she admitted, she had a proud and fierce character. Her virtue was one that was attained through hard work.

Concerning her “prophetic gifts”, you could also say that, in her Manuscript, she said (regarding the elevator), “Up until now, I have proclaimed your wonderful works, Lord, and I will continue to proclaim them even in old age.” She really prophesises her mission here. We’re beginning to see the amazing results of it now, and we look forward to those to come.

Do as you wish, I’m just giving you some ideas.

Now let me tell you something. This evening we’re welcoming a postulant. Guess who. Well, one of Ninette’s novices, the pearl of her little congregation. Believe it or not, the women’s institution has fallen to the responsibility of the Priestly Fraternity. Ninette left when she realised that her 8 years of effort to found the Oblates had come to nothing. One little novice followed her and one is joining us. In a word, they have all dispersed. Father Prévost is in desperation. He is issuing anathemas against deserters, even though they are perfectly right to leave, having already waited too long. The institution disbanded of its own accord. To tell you the truth, I think the same will happen to the men’s institution when Father Prévost dies. It’s working well, but they’re not recruiting. Poor Ninette almost lost her head. She really wasn’t made to be a foundress. Now, beloved little sister, I send you hundreds and thousands of kisses. Give my love to your beloved Mothers for me.

Your little Céline

Sr Geneviève of St Teresa


Make sure you take care of yourself, darling little sister.

written by Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart:

Darling little sister, I’ve come to say a little hello on Sr Geneviève’s letter. Your poor eldest sister is thinking of you often and, on the days of your testimony, the Community will say a Veni Creator for you. I assure you, it’s a sweet consolation to have to testify for one’s little sister!

We’re sending you the interesting story from Gallipoli. As you know, Mgr de Teil has gone to Italy to confirm the miracle. The men of the Court were having difficulty believing in it, but they believe in it now, I assure you!