From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 28, 1913

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 28, 1913

+ Jesus                                             28th October 1913

Darling little sister,

God is coming to Les Buissonnets for the first time tomorrow. You no doubt know that the Roques family left after creating a whole heap of problems for us and Mademoiselle Mikael Castel replaced them on 1st October. She is about forty years old (she is Sr Marie of the Trinity’s sister). She came with her elderly and disabled mother, to whom we are taking God in Communion tomorrow morning.

You don’t know how pleased I am that God is coming to the little shrine we set up so lovingly for Him. I’m really looking forward to it.  

We have just had a retreat preached by Rev. Fr Foch, who is a Jesuit. He spoke to us about spiritual life and gave two superb instructions about conforming to God’s will. Then, at the end of the exercises, he left us with a spiritual bouquet in the form of the following reflection. He told us not to act as though we wanted to become saints, but as though we were saints. I find this reflection most ingenious, because it’s tiring to continuously chase after something that’s unattainable. It’s better to play smart and pretend we’ve reached it. For instance, those who are able to enjoy what they have in life are happier than those who are always chasing wealth and find that they never have enough. A saint would do such-and-such, so I will do it. Enough said.    

Our dear little Thérèse said something very similar: “We shouldn’t try to become saints but to please God.”

Fr Foch didn’t know much about our little saint, but he left enthusiastic about everything he saw at her burial place, Les Buissonnets and at the Carmel. He calls our community a little Jerusalem: “a vision of peace and joy.” It’s true that the spirit of union is strong here.

Darling little sister, how are you? Oh, the last little, or rather long, letter that you addressed to me brought me so much pleasure! But I’ve already told you that. And did you remember me on St Celine’s day? Mgr de Teil wrote to me.

I send you lots of kisses, Léonie, and all the love in my heart.

Your little sister Geneviève of St Teresa


I offer my affectionate respects to your Mothers.

Enclosed is a two-page text written by Mother Sub-Prioress.