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

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

Jesus + 26th December 1912

Darling little Léonie,

Another wonderful feast of Christmas is over. Each year I hope that it will be my last. If I hope long enough, one day I won’t be mistaken.

I wish you a happy New Year, and I promise you that I hope you see it through and that it is followed by many others! After all, even if I’m still hoping and wishing to die, I far from have the same wishes for my darling little sisters. You see, I’m very selfish, and like Thérèse, I don’t love my loved-ones to the extent of desiring their death.

The renovation work is progressing at Les Buissonnets. Now people can visit the house. Thérèse’s bedroom is completely finished and decorated. It’s delightful, apparently. I’m currently working on the belvedere. We’re putting panes of glass in the alcove so that it can be used as a showcase to display objects or pieces of furniture that Thérèse used. Only secular objects will be displayed there, as we’re keeping the pious ones for our “keepsake” room at the Carmel, which we’ll build later. In the alcove, they’ll be toys, children’s chairs, her cage, schoolbooks, etc., etc. The walls will be hung with coral velvet drapes decorated with dark gold braids. The walls of the belvedere have been lined with enamelled ivory paper so that it doesn’t age, and there is linoleum flooring imitating a mosaic, with a cream background and coral designs on it. We’re putting a mock rug under the keepsakes in the alcove.

I’m telling you all this because I think it will interest you, darling little sister. We’re aiming for lasting solutions so that once it’s done, it’s done for good. I think that everything is very practical and that there won’t be any more expenses.

So tell me what happened to your little rectangular table, the one you had in your bedroom. I don’t need it, I’m only curious. I never found out what happened to your little iron bed, either. There are also a few little objects that I’d like to lay my hands on again, including a tiny little statuette of baby Jesus asleep. It was very finely made. (It was about 0.05m long).

Goodbye, darling little sister, I send lots of love and kisses.

Your little sister Geneviève of St Teresa


I offer my respectful and best wishes to your Mothers.