From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1913

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - January 27, 1913

+ Jesus                                            27th January 1913

For your feast day I’m giving you the pretty little calendar enclosed.

                                                                                         Darling little sister,

I’m writing to wish you a happy feast day. I’ll take Holy Communion for you on the day and I’ll ask God, through our little Thérèse’s intercession, for your soul to be more and more surrendered to Love. I think of you every day, and I’m very proud that you’re a nurse. You know that Thérèse would have preferred this duty to all the others because it demands you to sacrifice your human nature more often and encourages the practice of charity, which is the queen of virtues.

I’d like to be charitable as well, and yet I must tell you about the Carmelite nun that wrote to you, so that you cease all relation with her. There is no risk of her writing to us! She is probably, and in fact certainly, a very good person, but she has brought shame and grief upon her family because, on the pretext of ill health, she left her Carmel and doesn’t want to go back. She retreated to her father’s house. He was a chemist and did everything he could during his lifetime to persuade her to rejoin her community. Once she tasted life out in the world, she didn’t want to put herself out and resume religious life. She can very well leave us alone and keep all her genealogies. At this rate, we could be traced back to Adam. And what’s more, she hasn’t followed a direct line, and has only a tiny part of a tree, because why has so much research been done on our Grandfather’s mother’s side, and none on her father’s side? Why is there nothing on Papa’s mother’s side, or Mamma’s parents’ sides? What I would like to know is, out of the virtues that our ancestors displayed, which ones reached our little Thérèse. So leave this lady well alone and don’t give her any names. Besides, it’s not difficult because Papa never talked about his family and we weren’t aware that Grandpa Martin had a sister. I don’t really believe her, to tell you the truth.  

As for your magic lantern, is it a projection lantern? What size are the slides that fit in it? Standard sizes now are 8 and a half by 10 cm.

I send you a kiss, darling little Léonie, and I love you with all my heart.

Your little sister Geneviève of St Teresa


(Note written in 1941)

Since then, I have had information from another source (through our cousin Rachel Moulin). See biography by Mgr Laveille.

(Written on a separate piece of paper, inserted into this letter:)

This lady is Miss Leconte from the Carmel of Angers. The part of the family tree that she speaks of, and which concerns us, is inaccurate. Since 1913, we have received precise information about this side of the family from an elderly spinster (Miss Rachel Moulin), who came forward with supporting evidence: a picture painted by Pauline that Papa gave to her during one of his trips to Athis, and a letter from Captain Martin that her parents had kept, etc.