From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 22, 1911

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - August 22, 1911

Jesus +                22nd August 1911

Darling little sister,

I’m writing to thank you for the joy you brought me when you said you liked my Crucifix. You were the first person I showed it to.

We have so much to do for little Thérèse that we’re not thinking of having the picture distributed all over the world for the moment. When we do, there’ll be no other way around it than to show it to Fr Prévost, but he caused me so much difficulty over the Holy Face picture that when we do decide to publish it, we’ll do it ourselves. Just now, we’re going to limit ourselves to having it appraised, by which I mean gradually see what people say about it. You can show it to others.

As Mgr de Nardo, the man bringing you this letter, asked us whether we had anything we wanted taken to you, I’m enclosing a photograph to replace the tattered one you received, and a smaller one as a little treat. You’ll also find the photographs of the Leriche family enclosed. Berthe has 5 daughters and a son. Eugénie, George’s wife, doesn’t have any children. She is very pious. You’ll find their names on the back of one of the photos.  

I don’t know where the Miss Hassebroucqs heard what they told you about the Virgin Mother. I painted her before I knew Mother Sub-Prioress and even if I had known her, I wouldn’t have taken her face as a model even though I love and appreciate her very much. So rest perfectly assured. My only inspiration when painting it was the Holy Face.

Concerning the Miss Hassebroucqs’ vocations, the matter is still up in the air but there have been no new developments. Marie is waiting and is trying to break her family’s resistance through patience. Jeanne has calmed down; the little drama has fizzled out.

Now, my much-cherished little sister, I’m going to leave you. Welcome Mgr de Nardo warmly, for he’s a real saint. I can’t tell you how pleased we were with his visit. He spent two whole days testifying. His statement is lovely. Thérèse had said he would testify and that his statement on “the little way” would be the most significant in the trial.

We’re living in a time of outward signs of wonders. For me they are tempered by a great inner darkness and yet I feel at peace.

Your little Céline

Sr Geneviève of St Teresa


Tomorrow morning a bishop from the United States is saying Mass here. We’ll have two bishops together! Princess Blanche of Orleans has announced her imminent visit!