From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 26, 1912

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 26, 1912

+ Jesus 26th January 1912

Darling little sister,

I’ve come to wish you a happy feast day and you know that I do so with all my heart. On the 29th, I shall take Communion for you and I’ll beg our little Thérèse to shower you with graces.

Our dear little saint is working more and more wonders and her name is becoming known all over the world.

It’s very amusing; cousins are coming out of the woodwork from all over the place. They claim they descend from Grandpa Martin’s side, like Mrs Ste Arsène from the Abbey. It’s always the same branch.

The Mayor of Athis at that time had 10 or 14 children. His surname was Bohard. The mayor’s sister married a Mr Martin and had a son, who was Captain Martin, our Grandfather. It seems that all the descendents of “Grandpa Bohard”, as he’s known as in those parts, are tracing back their genealogies in order to be part of our family. But you see, they’re quite distant relatives because they descend from Mr Bohard’s side whereas we are from the side of his sister, Miss Bohard. But we can’t stop them. Nothing succeeds like success, and when we were suffering hardship, they certainly didn’t make themselves known to us like this. I remember that, when suitors were presented to our cousins, the question was asked whether they were related to our dear father by blood or simply through marriage. All these things won’t be forgotten; “they are precious drops of dew” that have fallen into the chalice of our souls, and these drops remind us that only Jesus is important and that His creatures are loud gongs and clashing cymbals.  

Whatever the case may be, we have the Lecompte family attributing us a cousin in the person of a Carmelite nun from Angers, and the Lebesconte family attributing us another in the person of an Eudist friar. It turned out that recently this young friar, who was accompanying his Superior to Rome, was introduced to Pius X as Sr Thérèse’s cousin. The Holy Father amiably said he hoped he would perform as many wonders as the little miracle-worker. This proves that the Holy Father is aware of our dear Angel’s renown.

I received a letter from a lady in England a few days ago (from a duchess’ daughter) saying that she had sent a relic to the sister of Cardinal Merry del Val, as the latter had requested it for a healing. You can see that our little saint’s name must be known at the Vatican, and it’s going to become more and more known, because next week, the Process is going to be submitted to the S.C. of Rites. Mgr de Teil says the Process is wonderful. We currently receive between 200 and 250 letters a day, and the number is growing continually. The Turn Sisters can’t manage the boutique anymore, so we’re going to set up a Theresian book shop that Auguste and his wife will run. What a lot of news, don’t you agree, darling little sister? Now I send you my love. Your little sister

Geneviève of St Teresa