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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - February 13, 1912

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - February 13, 1912

+ Jesus 13th February 1912.

Darling little sister,

The time has come to say goodbye before Lent. It will go by quickly like all the others, and like our lives, which will ultimately lead to Eternal Life.

I’m sure you would like the news from Rome, so I’m going to give it to you. We might tell you the same things, but as we won’t use the same terms, there’ll be something new in each narration.

The Process was submitted to the S.C. of Rites on 5th February (the anniversary of my Reception of the Habit). Mgr Lemonnier was there, as was Fr Quirié and Mgr de Teil of course, with the Postulator Fr Rodrigue. Then Mgr Lemonnier hosted a grand dinner at the Hotel De La Minerve, to which he invited the Advocates and other people working for the Process.

His Lordship saw the Holy Father, but we don’t know what he said to him. We know only that when he last visited, upon taking his leave, the Pope mentioned Thérèse of his own accord.

The young Carmelite nun-to-be, Miss Gréville, approached his Holiness during a private audience with her parents, and asked him to beatify “Little Thérèse” very soon. The Holy Father replied, “Ah, yes! Sr Thérèse of the Child Jesus!” And later in conversation, he in turn called her “Little Thérèse”, which pleases our Mother immensely.

Mgr de Teil saw the Pope’s sisters and offered them a little reliquary of Thérèse, which they like very much. They said that the Pope had already shown them a Japanese translation of her life story that he had just been given. To tease them, they were invited to read from it.

It so happened that Mgr de Nardo was in Rome at the same time as the other gentlemen. He mentioned Thérèse to the Holy Father and the members of the S.C. of Rites. In short, everything is going extremely well and if the Process isn’t yet underway, it won’t go any slower for it, I’m convinced of it. Jesus will ensure that “the joy of His Heart” is glorified at the earliest occasion.  

I think that’s about all the news from Rome. Actually, there’s one more piece of news. Fr Hyacinthe Loison [Loyson] died last Thursday, in the same way that he lived, that’s to say, in final impenitence. You wouldn’t believe how upset I was to hear this news. I hoped he would convert because it’s what Thérèse had ardently desired and she prayed so hard for him. He was a major concern of ours when we were young. We had been trying to save him for a while. We sent him Thérèse’s life story and transcribed the unpublished passages of her letters where she mentions him. In addition, I wrote to him twice. He replied, and sent a portrait of himself, his wife and their biographies, but in his last letter it appeared clear that there was nothing we could do. Fr Elie tried as well. In the end we all failed! Ah, pride is so ill-fated! Little sister, I love you and send you a kiss. Your Céline,

Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n.

Give my affectionate respects to your dear Mothers.